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).
Didn’t know there was a mini-museum and theater under the Navy Memorial, didja? Continue reading
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…
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 free (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
Hope everyone had a great time at the Holiday Party- thanks, Chevy Chase Nissan! And speaking of Washington Area Auto Dealers…
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.
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