A Parking Lot Full of Plug-In Cars, Meetup at University of Maryland

Video montage of Fall 2012 MD Volt meetup.

University of Maryland Engineering Students, faculty, electric vehicle (EV) owners and enthusiasts gathered outside the Engineering Research Center on Saturday, November 10th at the College Park, MD Campus for an EV meetup that featured ride & drives, informal presentations and lunch sponsored by MD Volt Inc.

At lunch, Mark Czajka, Director of MD Volt, welcomed the attendees and turned the podium over to Charlie Garlow, President of EVA/DC, who gave a preview of the next monthly meeting on November 21st. Dr. Alireza Khaligh (UMERC) talked about a partnership he has with Genovation, a green car company based in Rockville, MD working on advanced battery and ultracapacitor technologies to develop the upcoming G2 EV.

Malik & Sal Khattak of EV Taxicabs gave a brief presentation about an all electric Nissan LEAF taxi fleet proposed for Arlington County, Virginia. Jill Sorensen of the Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative (BEVI) spoke about the activities of her organization which led to a brief discussion of issues surrounding public charging station infrastructure.

Special thanks to Dr. Eric Wachsman, Director, University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC), Dr. Alireza Khaligh, Assistant Professor and Director, Power Electronics, Energy Harvesting and Renewable Energies Laboratory (PEHREL) and Kyle Todd, Research Coordinator (UMERC). They did a great job setting up the venue and encouraging students to come out to the event.

Thanks also to the automobile dealers who brought plug-in cars for ride & drives, including: Joe Taylor, Director of Training, DarCars Automotive (Toyota Plug In Prius); Mindy Webster, Marketing Specialist, Fisker of Northern Virginia (Fisker Karma); Scott Egloff, Sales, Sport Automotive (Chevrolet Volt); Jesse Lewin, Direct Impact (Ford Focus EV); and Thomas Woodruff, Sales Manager, Ourisman Mitsubishi (Mitsubishi iMiEV).

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