After our typical snacks, Ron convened the meeting and introduced Stephanie Riddick. Stephanie and Ryan Marcheschi drafted a report, “Policies Goals and Strategies for Building a 21st Century Sustainable Rockville City Fleet.” Rockville’s government has over 300 vehicles, and they aren’t even hybrids. This is aside from the electrification efforts of peer goverments, Montgomery County, WMATA, etc. We also brought up solar initiatives: community power networks such as joint purchasing pools, co-ops, and solar community gardens. These include multiunit and offsite installations. At the meeting, we knew DC SUN existed, and there’s an MD SUN as well. Rockville has a solar co-op, and there are initiatives in Baltimore, Virginia, Delaware, etc.
Member Curt briefed us on the Crystal City Fathers Day Car Show. It is popular and well-trafficked; the event organizers like us too. Despite some early rain, we had eight EVs, up from last year. That’s not counting Local Motors showing a 3D-printed car around the corner from us (it was ICE, can’t win ’em all). We would have had nine: Chip’s dragster, but no trailer could be found in time. If anyone has a trailer or a very large truck, we have these non-street-legal EVs that we display two or three times a year.
The EV Readiness Workshop took place near Union Station. Attendees included staffers from around the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, our members Elvia, Scott, and Jill, the DoE’s Sarah Oleksak (of Workplace Charging fame), charging installer Mike Wall, a rep from the Edison Electric Institute, and others. After demo rides, attendees discussed infrastructure, policies, and other factors to increase EV uptake. Scott presented a paper on destination charging at tourist towns, and a video was shown on Bowie e-cycles.
Our member’s conversion of a Dodge Neon was donated to the Thomas Edison High School. Any volunteers who would be willing to mentor the school are welcome. Continue reading