[ausev] Why are converted vehicles excluded from this list?
tunafish at io.com
tunafish at io.com
Wed Apr 4 17:38:28 GMT 2007
I highly recommend at least asking Fred Blood about this very soon because he
was at the last Bootstrap meeting & he told me at that meeting "there would be a
rebate for us"... or something like that. At that meeting I said I was with the
Austin EV group which is why he told me that!
If someone wants me to contact him, I can, but I'm not sure I'm the best one.
I also don't have his contact info.
Carey King wrote:
> Perhaps one of the AustinEV officers should pass any documents by Mark
> Kapner at Austin Energy first since he was at least tied to the group
> and may have some tactical advice or insight. He may just stay out of
> the discussion entirely out of necessity. I'll contact him if you'd
> like, but if one of the officers or older AustinEV members would like to
> contact him, that is fine with me. I can also talk to Fred Blood who is
> the City of Austin Sustainability Director/Coordinator as he might know
> how/why the rules are the way they are. This would give us a informed
> basis for writing any kind of formal letter.
> For organizational and unity purposes, I'll hold off on contacting them
> until someone suggests I do so.
> Brian Lasseter wrote:
> > I think this is an excellent step. No highway capable vehicles are on
> > the list, but at least the door is open. With the door open for
> > rebates, we now have an excellent focal point for lobbying.
> > The most positive aspect of this whole thing is that the bottom of the
> > list says "All vehicle models are subject to change at any time,
> > without notice" -- We just have to figure out who can change the
> > vehicle model list, and have them do it. I have just finished months
> > of wrangling with the Austin Energy legal department about some solar
> > panels. They are good people, they want to help. They are just
> > understaffed, and sometimes uninformed.
> > Beyond a petition... Maybe staging an event would help... A local
> > electric car rally of sorts?
> > 1. Find out who is behind the rules, make the event happen near or at
> > their offices. (Maybe over lunch?)
> > 2. Timing of the event would be critical... we want press and policy
> > makers there, but getting EVs to show on a week day would be iffy. On
> > a Saturday we could get EVs, but getting policy makers might be
> > difficult.
> > 3. Bring out a large cross-section of Austin electric vehicles to
> > show policy makers.
> > 4. Invite the press... The combination of freeway capable electric
> > cars, and a new city initiative to provide rebates for some electric
> > cars is sure to get some local press to appear.
> > I'll obviously be happy to sign any petition, and I'd be happy to help
> > organize a rally... but we would need Austin EV club support, and we
> > would need to figure out who the important people we want to influence
> > are.
> > On 4/3/07, Aaron Choate <achoate at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> The details of a rebate program from Austin Energy have been released. Why
> >> aren't conversions listed? Who put this list together? What kind of active
> >> do we need to be so that the home builder/conversion buyer is no longer
> >> excluded from these opportunities? If a conversion is professionally done
> >> or recently done, why shouldn't it too be included?
> >> While I appreciate that the rebates are being offered and it is a step
> >> forward... this cuts out a significant group of EV drivers. Do we need to
> >> be writing to council? Are they informed? Does it matter? Obviously the
> >> exposure that we have had to Austin Energy staff/ Renewable Energy Roundup
> >> folk is of little to no value. Where do we need to be focusing our efforts?
> >> <http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/cleancities/evrguidelines.htm>
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