Drive Electric Week 2021 – ATX Virtual Sessions

Join us virtually in Austin to celebrate Drive Electric Week from September 25 – October 3, 2021.   

We will schedule several sessions highlighting what Austinites are doing to support the transition to electric transportation.

Current Agenda:

9/28 @ noon — Public EV Charging Infrastructure, how much will Texas need?
[RSVP for this session here]

9/29 @ noon — DIY perspectives on EV conversions
[RSVP for this session here]

9/30 @ noon — Partnering across sectors to clean south-central texas’ air
[RSVP for this session here]

9/30 @ 7pm — All in! Powering your electric car and house with Tesla Solar
[RSVP for this session here]

These sessions are a part of AustinEV’s participation in Drive Electric Week.
Please register for the event here for a chance to win the $250 gift card and share what EV you drive! 

https://driveelectricweek.org/event?eventid=2811

All EVs and EV enthusiasts welcome!

AustinEV at the ALTNRGShow

AustinEV will be showing a selection of our vehicles at the ALT NRG show June 12-13 in the Palmer Event Center.

You can expect to see:

  • Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
  • Solar Panels and Batteries
  • Smart Home Devices
  • Energy Efficient Products
  • ECO-Friendly Companies

Location:

Palmer Event Center
900 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

Grab a ticket discount!

The show coordinators have provided us with a discount code for a limited number of one-day registrations at $4.20. To grab one, go to the ticket site:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/altnrgshow-tickets-154781334137

and use the discount code ALTEV when you check out.

Drop by and chat if you come.

More about the show:
http://austin.altnrgshow.com/

AustinEV count 2021

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 Open Garage March 2021

Join us on Zoom on Thursday, March 18 from 12-1 CST as we gather to hear about the electric transport-related projects that we’re all working on.

If you have a project you would like to share or get feedback on, be prepared to give a brief overview and give an update if this is something you have been working on for a while.

Please RSVP on our Meetup event to receive the connection details.

Test drives available – Polestar 2

The team working to introduce the Polestar 2 in Austin reached out to us and wanted to share that you can register to have a car brought to you to test drive.

Anyone can book a test drive at,  https://www.polestar.com/us/polestar-2/
Choose the Your Location: We Come To You option.

They have several test vehicles in the Austin area so you shouldn’t have a problem grabbing an appointment.

Would you like to share what you are doing?

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 : achoate@gmail.com to get started on scheduling a presentation.

Lunch and Learn – REVD Up

Join us on Zoom on Thursday, November 19 from 12-1 CST as we learn more about the project that Scott Phillips and Raymond Malkiewicz from REVD UP are working on.

Please RSVP on our Meetup event to receive the connection details.

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.

Visit with the Longhorn Racing Formula SAE Electric and Solar Vehicle Teams

Join us on Zoom to learn about what this year’s Longhorn Formula SAE Electric and Solar Vehicle teams are working on.

Thursday, November 12th from 6:30 – 7:30pm.

Please RSVP on our Meetup event to receive the connection details.

Formula SAE Electric:

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.

Event report – National Drive Electric Week 2020

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!

Session recordings:

Lunch with Amy Atchley and Bobby Godsey from the Austin Energy Emerging Tech team
Session recorded on 9/28/2020
An Evening with Marc Divs from Moment Motor Co.
Session recorded on 9/29/2020
Lunch with Joseph Barletta with Smart Charge America
Session recorded on 9/30/2020
An Evening with Tom “Smitty” Smith with TxETRA
Session recorded on 10/1/2020

National Drive Electric Week 2020

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.