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Promote zero emission vehicles. Educate people about advantages of driving electric by funding the 2016 EV Buyers Guide Interactive App
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Overview:

Electric Car Insider's EV Buyers Guide is a guide for prospective buyers and current drivers of plug-in electric vehicles. The guide provides information about how to skillfully acquire and operate an electric vehicle. Whether you already drive an electric car or are just curious about plug-in electric cars, this guide is for you. EVs improve the environment, strengthen energy security and provide significant personal savings. We show you how.

Articles cover:

  • electric cars
  • electric motorcycles
  • electric bikes
  • residential, work, and public charging systems
  • discount utility rate programs for EVs
  • solar electric systems
  • car share systems
  • mobile apps for EVs
  • EV technologies
  • EV public policy

The EV Buyers Guide provides a full page profile of every EV available for sale in North America.

EV Buyers Guide preview pages
EV Buyers Guide preview pages

 

A Problem and a Solution:

There is a lack of awareness among the general public about electric cars. Although people know EVs exist, most know very little about the environmental and energy security benefits, low operating costs, and how easy they are to use. Electric Car Insider's EV Buyer's Guide is a complete guide for prospective buyers and current drivers of plug-in electric vehicles. In the guide, we showcase the many benefits of driving electric.

  • Zero emission vehicles reduce the greenhouse gases and other pollutants that damage our environment.
  • The energy sources for electricity are domestically sourced.
  • By driving an EV you are no longer indirectly buying the foreign oil which is used to produce gasoline.
  • Charging an electric car costs less than paying $1 a gallon for fuel.
  • Maintenance costs are much lower with electric cars. There are no oil changes, no tune-ups and no belts to replace, ever.
  • Zero emission vehicles reduce the greenhouse gases and other pollutants that damage our environment.
  • Interventionist policies intended to maintain access to foreign oil have led to the longest and most expensive armed conflicts since World War II. Over 1.1 trillion dollars have been spent and hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the past fifteen years as a result of these devastating wars.
  • EVs use domestically sourced energy and can use 100% renewable energy. EV drivers can accomplish all of this and also save money.

Project Background

The 2016 EV Buyers Guide will be published by a group of long-time EV drivers and enthusiasts whose mission is the creation of a clean, sustainable, energy secure future. The first print edition was published in 2009. Since then, the guide has grown from profiling 8 plug-in cars in its first year to 38 in the current edition.

The publisher, editor, writers and contributors of Electric Car Insider magazine have driven EVs all over the United States and Canada. Many have driven from border to border more than once and a few have driven from coast to cost. All have participated in events throughout the US in support of the EV community. Our team is dedicated to making a difference and doing our part to change the world, one zero emission mile at a time.

Why is it important?

Electric Car Insider is more than just a car magazine. It is a resource for creating a more sustainable, secure existence. We are helping to create a future where all cars have zero emissions. With the widespread adoption of EVs we will see cleaner air, a break from our dependency on oil and lower costs of automobile ownership. Most importantly we will see a brighter future for our children and successive generations.

We believe that a significant contribution to solving our air quality and energy security problems can be made by individuals making the decision to drive electric. Because electric cars are also substantially cheaper to operate – electric fuel costs the equivalent of $1 per gallon or less – drivers have a substantial financial incentive to purchase and drive these zero emission vehicles.

How the Kickstarter funds will be used:

With your pledge Electric Car Insider will create and distribute a high quality interactive 2016 EV Buyers Guide digital edition for tablets and mobile phones with articles, videos, audio podcasts, slide shows and interactive demos.

The 2016 Electric Car Insider EV Buyers Guide is the most comprehensive guide to buying and driving electric cars available. It explains everything you need to know about EVs: from purchasing to operating. The guide is intended to inform someone who is interested in buying an electric car what cars are available, all about charging systems, information about special utility rate programs that can save you a hundred dollars a month or more, how to use public charging networks and how to get $2,500 in rebates and $7,500 in tax credits. Existing drivers learn more about residential and public charging systems, utility programs, apps, solar energy systems, car share programs and new technologies. 

With your help the 2016 Electric Car Insider EV buyers guide will reach an audience ten times as big as the previous print edition. We will distribute the EV Buyers guide on the Apple IOS and Google Android newsstands all over North America and throughout the english-speaking world. By creating the digital guide, we will create greater awareness and education about the environmental and energy security benefits of electric vehicles.

 Our INDUSTRIAL SIZE large quantity rewards are intended for businesses that find the EV Buyers guide a useful introduction to electric cars for prospective commercial customers: commercial property managers, fleet managers and other purchasers of electric vehicles and support equipment.  

Risks and challenges

Every project has risks. Here's a list of challenges that we may need to overcome:

Opposing financial interests and climate change denialists.
We're not conspiracy theorists. We're also not naive; every movement has its opposition and detractors. There are people who have mounted well funded and coordinated campaigns to attempt to cast doubt on anthropogenic global warming. These propagandists, chronicled by Harvard University researcher Naomi Oreskes and NASA JPL historian Erik Conway in their 2010 book “Merchants of Doubt” are still at work. Although we don't anticipate any direct or consequential interference from opponents with our publication, we remain vigilant and ready to respond to any overt or covert opposition activities.

Apathy
A bigger risk than opposition forces is apathy from our intended audience. We consider this risk low. Over 400,000 EVs have been sold in North America from 2010 through 2015 and the demand for transportation that uses clean, domestic, renewable energy is growing.

Product development.
All software products contain technical and production risks. As software developers with over three decades of online and Internet publishing experience, we consider this risk to be low. We've already started development of the Apple IOS and Google Android versions of the magazine and have internal demonstrations of the most challenging features including videos, audio podcasts and slide shows. The remaining technical, creative and content tasks are not difficult but do require financial resources to complete.

Disruption of the Apple or Google App distribution platforms.
This risk is extremely low. There have very rarely been outages of any kind of the Apple and Google App Stores and barring a post-apocalyptic scenario, it is extremely unlikely they would have a prolonged outage. These systems are probably better protected from downtime than any other e-commerce systems in the world.

We become unable to perform.
Unless we become incapacitated, this is very unlikely. The promotion of electric cars is what gets us out of bed every day, ready to "fight the good fight" and do our part to mitigate air pollution, climate change and international conflict over fossil fuel resources. There is no other project we'd rather be working on.

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    1 Year Subscription to Electric Car Insider's 2016 EV Buyers Guide Interactive App. IOS or Android App includes everything you need to know about purchasing and owning an EV.

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    Qty 45 copy bundle of single issue Electric Car Insider's 2016 EV Buyers Guide PRINT EDITION. Give 45 of your friends everything they need to know about purchasing and owning an EV. Includes Qty 1 One Year Subscription to Electric Car Insider's 2016 EV Buyers Guide Interactive App.

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    You get a special business card sized ad on our Kickstarter supporters page in Electric Car Insider EV Buyers Guide. Includes Qty 1 One Year Subscription to Electric Car Insider's 2016 EV Buyers Guide Interactive App and print edition.

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    Qty 90 copy bundle of single issue Electric Car Insider's 2016 EV Buyers Guide PRINT EDITION. Give 90 of your friends everything they need to know about purchasing and owning an EV. Includes Qty 1 One Year Subscription to Electric Car Insider's 2016 EV Buyers Guide Interactive App.

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    You get a special quarter page display ad on our Kickstarter supporters page in Electric Car Insider EV Buyers Guide plus a 1 year subscription.

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