National Drive Electric Week’s Austin Party will be held September 20, 2014. Details to come!
We’re finalizing the details! It’s going to be a party with a photograph! Bring your park-safe picnic for some socializing and entertainment, then take part in an aerial-view heart showing how much you love your EV!
We have hopes that a special invitation can get their vehicle out of California in time, and another can show us some old-school EV luxury. And you! You’ll be there too, right?
If you have your own celebration planned for the week, let us know and we’ll add it to our event page!
[update 8/8: We asked Kathy and the Kilowatts to play for all you lovers of Austin Blues (and because of the name. We won’t lie). They said yes!]
[update 8/8 v2: We also have an online donations form to help offset the cost of the event and promote the Austin Area EAA chapter of the Electric Auto Association. We were informed that donors of amounts in excess of $1000 can request the ID of the EAA for tax purposes, otherwise a print out of the page should be adequate.]
The 2014 Renewable Energy Roundup has been announced for September 26-28 this year. The event is moving to Belton, TX at the Bell County Expo Center. If you would like to support AustinEV, and register for tickets online, please use the code AEVARPC14 when you register at their site. AustinEV will earn $5 when you do so. Thanks.
The first EV to appear during set up was a Fisker Karma, and its driver, Alan, kindly agreed to check in the rest of the vehicles that silently rolled into the parking lot for the next hour, representing over 199,000 oil-free miles in celebration of Austin’s contribution to the Third Annual National Plug in Day.
We recognize those two! And they’re wearing that AustinEV gear well!
We were enthused to see many dual-EV families, and the number of Teslas and Volts represented was only eclipsed by the number of Leafs. Despite the rain (which we were strangely excited to see), all eleven types of vehicles signed up for the event were represented, including the Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt, Tesla Model S, Ford’s C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi, and Focus Electric, Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later), Think City, Fisker Karma, a Vetrix scooter, and several conversions.
Alan and his Karma (photo by Larry Schuler). Warning: if you’re the first to arrive, you’ll often be the first to be drafted to help out, too! Thanks, Alan!
The talks were well-attended. Dale Bulla of Interfaith Environmental Network demonstrated the ease of vehicle charging from solar panels and resulted in several owners who do charge their plug-in vehicles from solar pointing out that we should have had “coal-free miles” as well as “oil-free miles” numbers being tallied. Actacell‘s Director of Product Management (and longtime Austin EV member) Marc Kohler presented useful and interesting information unique to plug-in vehicles, and Austin Leaf Owner’s Group and event sponsor Tim Ziegner’s panel talk extended well beyond the end time, proving the passion owners have for their electric vehicles and, we’re fairly certain, influencing several non-EV owners to make the commitment to purchasing or leasing an EV as their next vehicle. Because of time restrictions, Chris Robison of REVOLT Electric Vehicles (and longtime Austin EV member) wasn’t able to give his presentation on the future of home-brew, but he did speak one-on-one with several individuals before we wrapped up and the cars drove away from the lot as silently as they arrived.
Tesla Owners of Texas had a strong representation (uncredited image from their Facebook page)
We want to extend our appreciation to everyone who attended, presented, helped, participated in the Ride & Drive, and/or exhibited, including Town North Nissan, SunPower Corporation Texas, the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, Austin Energy, and REVOLT Electric Vehicles. Also thanks to Tesla Owners of Texas, the Austin Leaf Owners Group and other vehicle clubs who we may not have mentioned, Larry S (for also decorating his Volt with donuts and taking photographs – linked from the Austin EV event page for the day and from where we borrowed the picture of the Karma), Brian L (for also bringing banana bread and substantially helping with cleanup), Heidi and Ken (for also helping reorganize the food and drinks), as well as Austera (Tim Ziegner) and REVOLT (Aaron Choate & Cara Fealy) for organizing and offsetting the cost of the event by providing local sponsorship.
Please direct us to any omissions or errors in our wrap-up and links to photos of the event in the comments below. and any additional comments or feedback you may have are greatly appreciated. We had fun, and we hope you did as well!
Join Austin, TX area electric vehicle enthusiasts for an electric vehicle display and presentations on Sunday, September 29 from 10am to 3pm at the Northwest Recreation Center. We will have all kinds of electric vehicles on display and their owners will be there to talk about how their electric vehicles fit into their lives.
We are moving the AustinEV discussion list to Google
Groups and shutting the old list down. If you would like to subscribe
to the new list, please go to http://groups.google.com/group/austinev
and subscribe by tomorrow, August 6.
While Google Groups has a web interface for those who prefer to
interact with the list as a forum, the new list is set to reproduce
the function of the old list as a discussion list and should default
to email delivery in the settings.
Many of you who have been members of AustinEV for a long time may
remember Mark Kapner and his storied electric Geo Metro. Well after a
long absence, Mark’s back, and he’s just recently bought himself one of
these and would like to show it to us:
I’ve seen pictures of the Think City EV over the years, but have never
gotten to see one of these Scandinavian cars in person. If you’d like to
check it out and maybe hear about what Mark’s been up to in the
meantime, and maybe bring your own EV to show off as well, put our
meeting for February on your calendar.
Food and conversation with AustinEV
When: Saturday, February 9 2012, 5pm
Where: Rockin’ Tomato Pizza, 3003 S. Lamar Blvd, 78704
.. “Well, during the application process, Austin Energy let me know that they would no longer be offering the 1/2 back rebate for conversion EVs. My rebate would be the last one offered for a conversion EV. You can still get the 1/2 back rebate for the install and station for a non-conversion EV.”