We hope we’ve come up with a fun way to celebrate Earth Day and the progress electric vehicles have made here in Austin together but apart.
A wild EV count.
From now to the end of April we’ll be grabbing photos of any electric vehicles we find, (getting permission from the owner), and sharing them. We hope you will too.
Get outside, enjoy your day, our amazing city and our green spaces. If you see an electric vehicle in the wild, snap a photo and share it with us on your favorite platform. We’re hoping you will share your scooters, your bikes, your onewheel, and your cars – anything that drives electric. Bonus if you’re out celebrating our environment, at a trailhead, getting set to bike a trail or taking the pups out for a hike.
We’ll be monitoring instagram, facebook and twitter for your publicly shared posts tagged with #AustinEVcount2021. It doesn’t have to be yours to participate, but if it is not, please try and get permission to share it.
Let’s see how many (not so)rare electric vehicles we can find in the Austin area!
This should be fun all on its own, but we’ll also be choosing a few of you to receive some of the EV swag we’ve been collecting as a thank you for sharing. We’ll be keeping track of who shares photos and choose a group randomly at the end of the month to receive some fun electric vehicle-focused merch.
AustinEV wants to support the companies and the people working on electric vehicles in central Texas. If you have something you would like to share with our members, we would be very interested in featuring you in a future meeting. For the time being, we are still planning for meetings to be virtual, but hope to someday begin hosting in-person meetups again. Reach out! We’d love to hear from you. Contact Aaron Choate : firstname.lastname@example.org to get started on scheduling a presentation.
REVD UP is working to tell the stories of real people living real lives with their real electric vehicles. Their mission is to share the experiences of EV drivers from all walks of life who love their cars and they have stories from people all over the political, religious, and financial spectrum.
Ray is a Real Electric Vehicle Driver with a real curiosity about people and cars. He knows most brands of EVs and is always curious to learn more. As the host of REVD UP’s videos, he is eager to explore other people’s journeys and help show off their cars.
Scott is a Real Electric Vehicle Driver, and passionate about people switching. He is all about having the “outside the box” drivers become center stage in the conversation.
Formula SAE was founded at the University of Texas 40 years ago by our faculty sponsor Dr. Ron Matthews. Since then, the Formula SAE competition has grown into an international engineering phenomenon in which hundreds of teams from around the world design, build, and compete highly advanced vehicles. The Formula Electric Team at UT was formed in 2016 by a team of very passionate engineers at our school who wanted to push the boundaries of what our vehicles could do. Our young team is fueled by a culture of education, sustainability, and innovation. Our students have a front row seat to the electric vehicle revolution, gaining hands on experience with electrical components. We are also committed to learning and passing on that knowledge as the team continues to grow. In the coming years, we aim to maintain our explosive growth and continue our improvement at competition.
Solar Vehicle Team:
The University of Texas Solar Vehicle Team is a multidisciplinary team striving to build the fastest, most efficient solar powered vehicle capable of winning international competitions. Since 1989, we have conquered real-world problems, challenging students in areas such as energy management, aerodynamics, and composite material fabrication. The team’s focus on renewable energy puts us at the forefront of the current cultural shift towards clean energy and energy efficiency. In the next few years, we aim to compete internationally and continue to develop our rapidly growing team.
National Drive Electric Week went heavily virtual this year and we went with it. Many hosts organized large – national scale events on great topics that would normally have been addressed during our in-person event. So, we went hyper-local with the help of our 4 presenters. We met with the Austin Energy Emerging Tech team, learned about what to avoid when installing home charging with Smart Charge America, visited Moment Motors, an Austin based custom electric vehicle shop, and learned about state-wide issues to watch during the upcoming legislative session with TxETRA. Thanks so much to our presenters: Amy Atchley and Bobby Godsey from Austin Energy, Marc Davis with Moment Motor Co., Joseph Barletta from Smart Charge America, and Tom “Smitty” Smith from TxETRA. AND, all the AustinEV members who brought their great questions. We all had a great time!
Join us for a series of online sessions to celebrate this year’s National Drive Electric Week. Meet with the Austin Energy Emerging Tech team, learn about what to avoid when installing home charging with Smart Charge America, visit Moment Motors, an Austin based custom electric vehicle shop, and learn about state-wide issues to watch during the upcoming legislative session with TxETRA.
We will be organizing this series over the week from September 26 – October 4, 2020
Please register for the event on the National Drive Electric Week site so you can be counted in the attendee count, then choose which sessions you want to attend by clicking on the RSVP links below to receive access to the link for the virtual session.
If you want to help produce the virtual event, please register on the NDEW site as a volunteer.
Current Agenda –
Sept 28 – noon – 1pm – lunch with the Austin Energy emerging tech team (Meet with Amy Atchley and Bobby Godsey to discuss Austin Energy transportation electrification efforts) [RSVP for this session here]
Sept 29 – 6:30 – 7:30 pm – an evening chat and virtual tour with Marc Davis with Moment Motors (building custom conversions in Austin, TX, virtual tour and Q&A) [RSVP for this session here]
Sept 30 – noon – 1pm – lunch with Smart Charge America’s Joseph Barletta (planning your home charger install, charging infrastructure and Q&A) [RSVP for this session here]
Oct 1 – 6:30 – 7:30 pm – an evening with TXETRA’s Tom “Smitty” Smith (state-wide initiatives, opportunities at the next legislative session and Q&A) [RSVP for this session here]
These are the Austin focused events for the 2020 NDEW event – to learn more about all of the options you have to attend virtual events and learn more about EVs over this week, please visit the National Drive Electric Week Events listing.