December Meet…

Don’t forget, the December Party-Meeting is the 16th.  That’s 7:00, Tesla Rockville Service Center.  We’ll provide the food and drinks.  All you need to bring are chairs and drivers licenses for Model S test drives (including Autopilot).  Please RSVP with number of guests and if you have a folding table you can lend.  Come celebrate, and take a Tesla out for a test if you haven’t!

RSVP to Ron Kaltenbaugh rkaltenbaugh@mac.com

NDEW 2015: Falls Church

Falls Church NDEW 2015It’s here: National Drive Electric Week.  Round 1 was Falls Church, at Coleman PowerSports.  This time, the numerous EVs included the underpromoted Ford Focus

Ford Focus EV…and the far more rare (here, at least) Kia Soul EV- brought from the West Coast by a recent “immigrant.”  This being Coleman, though, many of the numerous EVs were Zero motorcycles, as the manufacturer was having a demo day.

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2015 DC Green Festival

Don’t forget, we’re meeting this week at Rockville Library again.  Last week, though, was the Green Festival at the Convention Center.

2015 booths- Ford and BMW

 

The Volkswagen Group (VW/Audi/Porsche/Ducati) was a platinum sponsor by way of an ad in the show program.  Ford and BMW however had actual booths and EVs, and BMW actually let you drive one (no, not that i8).

BMW i3

You might be reluctant to pay BMW prices for a car you “haven’t even sat in yet.”  Or maybe you’ve never tried one of those newfangled electric-things.  This was your chance; you could take the i3 around a suggested Gallery Place/Shaw loop (unescorted). Continue reading

May 2015 Minutes

The weather was nice and turnout started out weak. Still, the room filled up slowly and we had a productive meeting. After the customary snacks and introductions (including some new EVs this month), Treasurer Scott mentioned our growing member rolls.

This time, our e-vents recap included the annual Spring crush. Jeff led a Vienna showing, with a spread of domestic, Japanese, and European EVs. Poolesville’s e-vent also had a BMW i3 this year; members chatted up some municipal leaders interested in efficient motor pools. Rockville Science Day featured a Volt, Leaf, and Smart ED, plus a conversion, and lots of turnout. Our booth had been strategically placed near food. The EPA, TSA, and USPTO shows generally had a Volt, Leaf, and Tesla- a bit smaller but still good outreach to key EV buying demographics.

DC EV GP logoOf course, the one big show was the EV Grand Prix at RFK Stadium. We were in force for the Global EEE production- we had a booth, team mentors for the kids, multiple car owners in the EV parade before the races, and of course volunteers in different tasks. Volunteers got a shirt, hat, and badge, and most likely a tan- the rain held off until the end. Organizer Nabih Bedewi was unable to join us at the meeting but sent his thanks to all involved. Results are posted; Perry Hall School was both the Rookie winner and overall winner, with 42 laps. Second and third were Phelps and Sidwell Friends, both with a significantly lower distance, but Phelps ran their 38 laps faster. The club discussed attracting more high schools, and keeping momentum up for the teams over the Summer.

E-bike, Volt, Tesla, Leaf in just this pic- pretty representative parade

E-bike, Volt, Tesla, Leaf in just this pic- pretty representative parade

Lease deals continue. The Chevy Spark EV is available for $139 a month, and Nissan and others have competing offers. Combined with the drastically lower operating costs, some of these small cars are becoming a no-brainer, fiscally. Just before the meeting, Zero announced an across-the-board cut of $1,350 on all motorcycles. That’s almost 14% off the cheapest models.  Continue reading

Pictures, We Got Pictures

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Whew… On Friday, March 27, several club members attended the world premiere of The Burden, a documentary about how fossil fuel dependency bogs down our international relations. and the forces we send to police those foreign relations.  In fact, our armed forces get it coming and going.  They are dispatched due to our oil dependency, and are themselves bound by their own high consumption.  The premiere was held at the visitor’s center and theater under the Navy Memorial.  There was a reception beforehand; afterward, we had a Q&A panel with the director and other figures in security and energy (i. e., the same thing).

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Didn’t know there was a mini-museum and theater under the Navy Memorial, didja? Continue reading

Fill-A-Lot…

The month is warming up, and so are the E-vents:

  • The Solar Impulse all-electric plane has begun its round-the-world flight.  As I write, they’re on leg 2 over the Middle East… with not a drop of fuel.
  • Author Levi Tillemann will discuss his book, The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future, at the Takoma Park location of Busboys & Poets this Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm.  Actually, it’s within DC, 234 Carroll St NW.
  • In Formula E racing, the series will charge up Miami on March 14.
  • Our next club meeting will be March 18, at Rockville Library again.
  • The first Montgomery County Green Festival will be March 26, rain or shine.  We have a representation of cars to show, but more cars- and more enthusiastic owners and e-thusiasts- are always welcome.
  • Another “car show” will be in Bowie, April 11.  The Bowie Green Expo will be at the Kenhill Center, 2614 Kenhill Dr.
  • Then, of course, no shortage of E-vents on and around April 22…

January 2014 Minutes

The big news, is, of course, the DC Auto Show, now underway.  Ron got us underway at seven, with immediate pizza and drinks.  We then put out the call for volunteers- now through Feb. 1, including (especially) weekdays.  Sign up at the signupgenius.com link we’ve already posted.  If you volunteer for more than a four-hour shift, we get you in for wasfree (for the whole show) as an exhibitor.  No, you don’t have to have an EV, we could use warm bodies to hand out flyers.

We introduced new faces (hi again) and recapped the Baltimore Auto Show.  Our area was well-placed and high-traffic; we had display EVSEs and plenty of literature.  We had representation from the Maryland Department of the Environment and EVIC (EV Infrastructure Council).  Lots of Volt owners in Baltimore, apparently.  All our stuff is now in the DC Show.

Charlie and others attended the Montgomery County Council meeting, discussing charging in multi-unit developments.  California already has legislation prohibiting EVSE bans or excessive restrictions, though of course you would supply your own EVSE.  Even an ordinary 120-volt outlet would be great, though of course 240 volts would be better.  We’re still waiting; neither the state nor counties and municipalities want to take the lead.

Last Sunday’s Washington Post had an article that was surprisingly pro-EV.  Club members wrote back, and agreed that there’s a lot more to electric vehicles than just the savings at the pump… though we’re STILL saving versus the pump. Continue reading

NDEW’14: Sunday Sunday Sunday

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And a lovely day was had- we were hoping for sunny skies, maybe a bit too sunny.  Spilling onto both sides of 3rd St. again, we showcased clean, domestic energy for plenty of passersby.  Nissan had representation and schwag; a Fiat 500e made a rare East Coast appearance.  Even smaller was Bob’s e-bike, charged by the Sun.

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Simultaneously, the Annapolis EVent was taking place at City Dock.  What a selection: a Think, Smart, Mitsubishi i, the new Mercedes, and a Porsche EV conversion. Continue reading