August’s meeting was held in, around, and next to WaterShed– the University of Maryland’s 2011 entry (and eventual winner) into the DoE’s Solar Decathlon competition for efficient homes. Pepco has since bought the home, and installed it at their Rockville site; it is now a working demo and meeting space. It even has J1772 charging.
Ron called the meeting, but had us tour the space and ask questions for Pepco representatives Scott and TJ. After an hour’s gawking and mingling, we reconvened. Speaking of solar, the Tour of Solar Homes is coming just after Drive Electric Week; the guidebook for it will be out by this writing. We’re still looking for EVers to demo at homes (your own tour stop, or please volunteer at someone else’s house). We have found that tour guests are very receptive and quite informed, ready to converse if not buy outright.
The Greenbelt Labor Day parade is always an opportunity for us; it’s an outreach and recruitment event, a show of numbers, and simply a fun day out. Next up will be Poolesville Day, coinciding with National Drive Electric Week for a Saturday, Sep. 19 event. As usual, the EV parade (please be ready at 9:15) will be followed with a parked showing. RSVP with Joyce. For the meeting, Joyce brought Lauren and Brianna from Poolesville HS. Their senior project is, with luck, installing charging in Poolesville. We brought up our own experiences, and a Ford effort in Washington State.
In the present, Maryland’s “electric highway” project continues. At least one Royal Farms has DC quick charging, free for now. It’s a dual CHAdeMO/CCS installation, and will be $0.39/kWh when the network is fully engaged. A Westminster Royal Farms is coming; members brought up a DC area DC tour. Continue reading