Chevy Bolt 2015 Concept – courtesy of photos-autos.com
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Austin, TX on March 3, 2015 in celebration of AustinEV’s Quarterly Round-up
Austin, TX has been home to many tech trends, but none as gripping as the EV movement. If you’re thinking of owning an EV, owned one for years or are even a conversion enthusiast Austin Electric Vehicle Association (AustinEV) invites you to join us next Tuesday March 3, 2015 from 6:30-8:30pm at the WHOLEFOODS in the Domain. As we load up for the new 2016 EV’s entering the market, we wish to enlighten our audience with up and coming news, trends, technology and with a very special surprise guest speaker. Only way to see it is to be there, trust me, you don’t want to miss it.
AustinEV reserved the Domain Whole Foods 2nd Floor Community Room on Thursday, October 9th, from 6:30-8pm to discuss the November Food Drive and other concerns. Please join us and invite others! Let us know you’re coming on our facebook event page
Kathy and the Kilowatts playing after the rain. Photo by Mark Witt.
This year’s National Drive Electric Week “Picnic in the Park” ended up being “rain AND shine”
The first car to roll in was Ed F.’s Tesla Model S, with 10,310 oil-free miles, soon to be joined by 23 other electric vehicles for a combined (recorded) total of 275,841 oil-free miles on the road!
This year had the most models we’ve seen, including a BMW i3 that drew almost as much attention as the Zero motorcycles joining the event for the first time this year. The wheel-to-wheel row of Teslas were a beauty to behold, and the Volts and Leafs were driven in with wide EV grins as well as MiEVs, a Ford Fusion, Toyota Rav4, and conversions from long-time AustinEV members Brian and Jennifer L., and Ben J. There were more two wheeled vehicles this year, including a first time conversion motorcycle, as well as Mark W., Mark S., and Audrey S. from Electric Avenue Scooters on a trio of lithium powered scooters.
Larry S. sharing donuts and his Volt-inspired oil free (s)miles! (photo from Larry S.)
Many attendees were seen sporting beautiful face (and arm) paintings thanks to Tami of Paradise Face Painting, and Kathy and the Kilowatts played both amped (pre-rain) and acoustic (post rain), proving once again that Austin is used to all kinds of weather.
AustinEV operating partner and owner of Smart Charge Residential Joseph Barletta, was a guest on KOOP radio’s Shades of Green talk show sharing information regarding the National Drive Electric Week event.
Aren’t you listening to the show anyway? But in case you missed it, the podcast is available for your listening pleasure.
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.