This month marks the grand opening of The St. Joe Company’s Village Center at WindMark Beach, a new luxury 2,020 acre residential and resort town, spanning nearly four miles of white-sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida. At full build-out, WindMark Beach is planned to include 1,552 units, and much of the property is set aside for conservation and open space.Designed by six of the nation’s most recognized architects, including Margaret McCurry of Tigerman McCurry and John Kirk of Cooper, Robertson & Partners, WindMark Beach is offering a number of new amenities for visitors and buyers starting this month, including:-School of Fish Restaurant, operated by Clark and Blake Brennan, who have created a menu that fittingly features local Gulf Coast seafood with a Creole flair. -Luxury loft homes available for weekly/nightly rental. Select lofts feature floor-to-ceiling windows, and many have balconies with striking Gulf Coast views. All residences are fully furnished and feature stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a Bose® stereo system, high-speed Internet access and washer and dryer. 19 lofts are currently available; 12 additional lofts will be available to rent in the near future. www.southernresorts.com -The WindMark Beach Club, featuring a large community swimming pool with seamless, beach-style access. The pool is framed by a free form pool deck with a fish-shaped bar surrounded by beautiful green lawn space. The School of Fish Restaurant is providing the pool deck’s food and beverage service. -Public BeachWalk, where one-and-a-half miles of the public three-mile walkway is now complete connecting the community to the stunning beach. A stretch of uninterrupted pathway enables pedestrians, cyclists, roller-bladers and runners to enjoy the stunning views, while making their way along the walkway and miles of meandering footpaths. -Community amphitheater with a sheltered, open-air stage and a sloping green lawn leading down to it; residents and visitors can enjoy concerts, movies and other outdoor venues and local community events. A 1,500 square foot children’s playground area is nearby.WindMark Beach home sites are priced from $99,500 to $546,000 and homes range from $1,095,000 to $1,295,000 million. Homes were designed to capture the essence of vernacular Southern architectural style, with such trademarks as tin roofs, open breezeways, large wood porches. A luxurious WindMark Beach Idea House worth $1 million will be offered in a sweepstakes in August.Visit www.myhomeideas.com/myhome/homegiveaway and www.joe.com/web/TownsAndHomes/WindMarkBeach for more details.
Electrify America Installs First 10 Ultra-Fast Charging Stations Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 8, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Next 30-Month Investment Cycle of $200 million will focus on DC fast charging in more metro areas, adding charging for regional routes and strengthening highway networksPlan also includes investments for charging stations to support ZEV bus, fleet and ride hail services, as well as residential and autonomous charging, and renewable generation for charging stationsCalifornia also will see rural L2 charging investments added The biggest part of the second $200 million in the California cycle concerns charging: Lucid Teams With Electrify America For Ultra Fast Charging Plans for 2nd cycle in other states have not yet been published. See: California ZEV Investment Plan: Cycle 2, Public Version – October 3, 2018Press blast:Electrify America Announces Second $200 Million Zero Emission Vehicle Investment Plan for CaliforniaNext 30-Month Investment Cycle of $200 million will focus on DC fast charging in more metro areas, adding charging for regional routes and strengthening highway networksPlan also includes investments for charging stations to support ZEV bus, fleet and ride hail services, as well as residential and autonomous charging, and renewable generation for charging stationsCalifornia also will see rural L2 charging investments addedReston, VA (Oct. 3, 2018) – Electrify America today announced its next $200 million investment in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure as well as education and awareness in California which is outlined in its Cycle 2 California ZEV Investment Plan submitted to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Cycle 2 is a 30-month investment period, which begins in July 2019.The investment announced today will build on Electrify America’s initial priorities and expand into new areas, where the need for electric vehicle charging stations and technology are greatest or are most likely to be used regularly. Consistent with the guidance of CARB, Electrify America plans strive to ensure that 35 percent of Cycle 2 investments are in low-income or disadvantaged communities1.“In developing our plan, we conducted a robust outreach process to solicit input and met with leaders in California communities, government and business to inform our decisions,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer of Electrify America. “Our goal to establish one of the largest, most technologically advanced and customer-friendly charging networks in the U.S. remains. We want to demystify what it means to own and drive electric vehicles by making chargers more visible, more convenient, and more a part of the everyday lives of Californians across the state.”“We’ve also planned to further support ZEV adoption through services that are used by Californians every day – buses, shuttles, ride hail services – by providing more access to charging for those vehicles,” said Brendan Jones, chief operating officer, Electrify America. “We’re proud to submit to the California Air Resources Board our California Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plan, which we believe will continue to advance ZEV adoption in the state.”Highlights of the California Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plan include:Metropolitan Areas: The central focus of electric vehicle charging infrastructure investment in Cycle 2 will shift to more DC Fast Charging (DCFC) stations within metro areas, where electric vehicle (EV) drivers are expected to charge most often. Electrify America will invest in nine metro areas inside California, including these new metro areas added for Cycle 2:– Riverside-San Bernardino– Santa Cruz-Watsonville– Santa RosaElectrify America also will continue to invest in the six Cycle 1 metros:– Fresno– Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim– Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade– San Diego-Carlsbad– San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward– San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraThese metro areas are expected to account for 89 percent of expected battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in operation through 2022, according to a 2017 Navigant report. The DC Fast Charging stations will be placed in retail locations but also consider the needs of adjacent multi-unit dwellings where Level 2 (L2) residential charging deployment is oftentimes challenging. Electrify America also will invest in DCFC stations specifically targeting shared mobility drivers – car share, taxis and transportation networking company (TNC) drivers.Highways & Regional Routes: The new Cycle 2 investments announced today will continue to build out a highway network of DCFC stations featuring charging power up to 350 kilowatts which can refuel a vehicle at up to 20 miles of range per minute. This will include building new sites connecting regional destinations, such as supporting travel to the Sierra Mountain communities and destinations like Lake Havasu.Residential: The primary, most convenient and cost efficient fueling option for many drivers is residential charging. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy reports that EV drivers conduct ‘more than 80 percent of their charging at home.’ However, the cost and complexity of installing home charging can be a barrier to ZEV adoption for some buyers, especially in low-income communities. To address this need, Electrify America will develop a comprehensive residential charging solution.– First, Electrify America will develop an online tool that promotes and connects EV buyers with the wide range of residential charging incentives and rebates already available in California and simplifies the application process. This program will be designed to integrate with CARB’s recently announced ‘one-stop-shop,’ which focuses on incentives for the ZEV purchase itself, and together these offerings will provide customers support throughout the entire purchase process.– In addition, Electrify America will offer ‘no-money-down’ residential chargers and installation, enabling buyers who cannot or choose not to pay for the L2 charger installation at home. The cost of installation will be incorporated into a monthly fee.– Finally, Electrify America will develop a platform that will allow drivers with a home charger to earn financial rewards for plugging in and supporting a demand response platform for grid electric power stability.Bus and Shuttle Charging: To help spur adoption in this sector, Electrify America plans to collaborate with transit operators to provide charging infrastructure at depots, layover points, and on key routes. This approach offers another means of serving disadvantaged and low-income populations who rely on public transportation.Rural: To further support the adoption of ZEVs in rural communities in California, Electrify America will deploy L2 chargers in rural areas with a potential focus on health care facilities and education institutions located in the Central, Coachella and Imperial Valleys.Autonomous: To support the growth of autonomous ZEVs, Electrify America will build up to two commercial deployments of charging stations for autonomous electric vehicles where this need is emerging.Renewable Generation: Electrify America will invest in renewable generation for select stations to help to reduce station operating costs and reduce the carbon content for EV refueling which is consistent with California’s broader air quality goals.Education and Awareness: In Cycle 2, Electrify America will invest in additional education, awareness, and outreach activities to help drive ZEV adoption. Efforts will primarily focus on boosting awareness and consideration by informing the general public on the benefits of ZEVs through traditional media advertising, similar to Electrify America’s Cycle 1 “JetStones” TV/radio campaign. Electrify America’s marketing outreach will continue to coordinate with ZEV awareness initiatives by collaborating with key non-profit organizations like Veloz.Electrify America also will work to generate awareness of its charging network to promote station utilization through digital activations and targeted digital media interactions such as paid search and web banners for specific groups most likely to be able to utilize the Electrify America charging network.Electrify America will continue to support the Green City Initiative in Sacramento. The initiative, which includes two ZEV car share programs, two BEV bus/shuttle services and substantial investments in associated charging infrastructure, will showcase new uses of ZEV technology while promoting increased ZEV usage across many channels serving low-income or disadvantaged communities. While these programs are funded in Cycle 1, the services – and benefits – of this $44 million Cycle 1 investment will launch and be fully operational during Cycle 2. Electrify America will provide strategic guidance and operational support for these services over the course of Cycle 2.The California Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plan benefited from collaboration with the California Air Resources Board and Staff and a comprehensive national outreach period, during which Electrify America received more than 700 submissions and spoke with more than 100 individual submitters. The company held community meetings across California focused on local government and community-based organizations and engaged with California’s leading academics at UC Davis, UCLA and the National Laboratories.Electrify America was established to implement the $2 billion ZEV Investment Commitment outlined in Volkswagen’s Court-approved settlement involving 2.0L TDI diesel vehicles in the United States. The investments will be made in four, 30-month investment cycles that will direct $800 million in electric vehicle infrastructure, education and access programs in California, one of the largest ZEV markets in the world; $1.2 billion is budgeted for states outside California through 2026.Under the Consent Decree for this settlement, investment decisions are Electrify America’s to make and plans are subject to review by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for consistency with the requirements of the Consent Decree.1 Electrify America uses definitions for low-income and disadvantaged communities established by the State of California, which are published and mapped by CARB on its “Disadvantaged and Low-income Communities Investments” webpage: https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/communityinvestments.htm.In situations where an investment is not made in a specific location, Electrify America strives to ensure that investments serve low-income and disadvantaged communities.Source: Green Car Congress The plan for the 2nd investment cycles for California is ready.Electrify America announced a second 30-month investment cycle for the state of California, which envisions more charging infrastructure (DC fast chargers and normal AC L2 charging stations) and various other actions (education and awareness).The company, was established by Volkswagen to implement the $2 billion ZEV Investment Commitment outlined in Volkswagen’s Court-approved settlement involving 2.0L TDI diesel vehicles in the United States. 40% of the amount – $800 million – falls on California, which was the biggest market. Spendings are divided into four cycles.Cycle 1 Jan. 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019Cycle 2 July 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2021Cycle 3 Jan. 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024Cycle 4 July 1, 2024 – Dec. 31, 2026Under the first $500 million cycle (for the U.S.), EA is installing over 2,000 DC ultra-fast chargers at nearly 500 sites in metro and highway locations across 40 states and 17 major cities across U.S.Electrify America news Watch Electrify America’s New JetStones Ad Campaign