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May 19: See and Test Drive Electric Vehicles in Lincoln

Join Green Energy Consumers and FPL Green for a day of electric vehicle test drives! This event is free & open to the public starting at 11:30am. (First Parish Lincoln members – come by as early as 11am) Location: First Parish Lincoln, 14 Bedford Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts 01773 Stop by and test-drive a Tesla or the Chevrolet Bolt! You can also meet EV Ambassadors with their cars and hear more about what it’s like to drive electric. Learn how you can buy or lease

Two Wayland homes get Pearl ‘Gold’ rating for efficiency

(This article appeared in the Wayland Town Crier on May 9, 2019) Two homes in Wayland can now boast that they are among the first high performing homes in Massachusetts to receive a “Gold” rating from Pearl Certification, a national program designed to help homeowners capture the value of their home’s environmentally friendly and efficient features when they sell the property. Pearl is working with MassEnergize, a local nonprofit, to promote green and energy efficient homes in Wayland and Concord. “MassEnergize

April 13: Wayland Cleans Up!

On Saturday April 13 Waylanders will come out in droves to clean up the roadsides, parks, and trails. Join us for a town-wide Spring Cleaning! The rain date will be April 20. You can clean up any time, anywhere. If you stop by our table at the Wayland Transfer Station (484 Boston Post Rd, right across the river) between 9 AM and 2 PM, you can pick up free bags and gloves, instructions on how to sort trash/recycling, and directions to the

Ever wondered how many Electric Vehicles there are in Wayland?

It’s not an easy thing to find. Our only recourse so far is to the MOR-EV Program (website: mor-ev.org/program-statistics), which provides a variety of information about the adoption and distribution of electric vehicles in Massachusetts. Not all electric vehicles are captured as not every electric vehicle owner applies for a MOR-EV rebate. Neither does it show which of these vehicles are presently on the road. But it gives us an idea of how popular EVs are becoming in Wayland, and around.

Hybrid was a great buy!

When the U.N. made its most recent Global Warning announcement, Waylander Steve Engler decided to act to significantly reduce his use of gasoline. He wrote us the following: I looked at the Honda Insight (Hybrid only) and the Chevrolet Volt, but in October bought a Honda Clarity! One of the better plug-ins available, I believe. I drive the first 40 miles each day on electricity only. This makes most of my days gas free! Hybrid mileage (for those above 40 miles/day) at

EV Batteries in Winter: some tips

Here are four tips from the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy to improve Electric Vehicle Battery range this winter! (source: https://energy.gov/eere/articles/4-tips-improve-electric-vehicle-battery-range-winter) Electric vehicle (EV) batteries charge by moving ions through a liquid electrolyte (more: https://energy.gov/eere/articles/how-does-lithium-ion-battery-work). As the temperatures outside drop, the electrolyte in lithium ion EV batteries thickens and it becomes more difficult for ions to move through (much like the challenge of walking through snow versus dry pavement). This increased resistance results in less EV battery range as more energy is needed