Charlie began the meet at 7:13, with introductions (several new faces and new EVs) including our first speaker: Ty Robinson of Environment Maryland. Ty briefed the club on that state’s policies on EV adoption and renewable power, and Environment Maryland’s efforts for more aggressive rollouts on both. (Virginia signatures are welcome too!). The nonprofit claims Heather Mizeur and Alonzo Washington as supporters; it is then offering (unpaid) internships. The club floor also held forth on related energy questions.
A Skype conference with Ben Rich in Centerville began at 7:31. Ben, owner of a Zero Motorcycle among other EVs, recounted the cross-country tour seen in Kick Gas. (EAA members can watch this documentary at a discount.) Organized by Susan Jones of Nashville, the tour went from Charleston, SC to San Francisco, via public charging and RV/camping sites. EVs spanned from a Nissan Leaf, through the motorcycle and 2 scooters, to an e-bike which was swapping batteries. Ben’s now continuing across other areas, and into Canada; he plans on a Mt Washington climb and a Tail of the Dragon run. This began a discussion of several club members’ Zero motorcycles and Vectrix scooters.
We then broke for refreshments and conversation, and re-convened at 8:06. The Crystal City Fathers’ Day Car Show drew pretty much the gamut of (4-wheel) EVs; there was no Fiat 500e on display, but there was a Smart and a Honda Fit, plus an old Ford Ranger EV. Our treasurer Scott reminded the club that Maryland EVADC license plates are still available for $25; you can do all the forms by mail, or walk into the Glen Burnie MVA.