After our customary mingling, pizza and drinks, Ron called the September meeting. We started small, with bumper stickers and other prep for the remaining National Drive Electric Week e-vents. Ron reminded us to know the audience, as electric drive appeals on multiple lines of reasoning- hence, the "Starve a Terrorist" bumper sticker for the non-environmentalist. We went around the room- Scott got a Ford Focus Electric in May, Mr. Baker is shopping, both for a vehicle and for venture capital for his project.
We discussed the Clean Cities Coalition seminar for car dealers. In previous months we had discussed clueless or outright ev-hostile dealership staff. The seminar, at a Fitzgerald Auto facility, drew about 15 dealer reps who were willing to learn. Apparently they received us well, and were not visibly hostile to Tesla for selling directly. Charging was discussed; Nissan dealer lots have at least some charging support, and other marques are joining in to various degrees. Ford revealed that 90% of e-Ford owners surveyed won't go back to fossil drive.
More publicly, we reported on recent and coming NDEW e-vents. The Sep. 20 Rockville showing (Pepco's Gude Dr. site) was too rainy, and off the main roads with little visibility. However we got good BMW factory representation. The WaterShed site will also be on the Tour of Solar Homes, also with EVs on display. There's plenty of 120V charging, but only one J1772 plug- we suggested finding more. At the same time as Rockville was Falls Church's NDEW at Coleman PowerSports. It rained less further south, with a better selection of electrics. Organizer Jeff briefed us, as well as on his Asburn NDEW e-vent. Ashburn had test drives, but no Revenge of the Electric Car screening.
The afternoon before the club meeting, a dual-standard (CCS/CHAdeMO) DC Quick Charger was unveiled by Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake was in attendance, as were Jean from Nissan and Matt of the EV Institute. The Inner Harbor site is still negotiating a power contract with BGE, but other DC chargers in Urbana, Glen Burnie, Queenstown, and Temple Hills are installed. Salisbury and Ocean City were pending as of the meeting. Continue reading