Category Archives: Local EV Event

June 2017 Meet up recap

This month we met at a new restaurant, the Crafty Crab in West Melbourne.  We introduced our newest members and discussed the latest EV news.  A few of us even compared notes on how little maintenance we’ve had in the past year or two.  Most everyone just talked about rotating the tires and refilling the windshield washer fluid.

A few of us noticed that there were many signatures and scribblings on the wall in the restaurant.  So we asked if we could put our group name on the wall.  They let us!  Then the waitress told us it was OK to draw on the white part of the wall where everyone seemed to be avoiding.  So one of our better-art-inclined members drew up our logo right on the wall!  We’ll see how many people it brings in with some google searches to find our website.

We handed out a few more official blue polo tshirts for the newer members so we’re looking ever more ready for upcoming events with the public Q&A on driving electric.

We’re only a few months out from the National Drive Electric Week so make sure to sign up to attend today!  We need the numbers to show the huge interest in getting to see and test drive and ride in electric vehicles right in your neighborhood.  If you haven’t signed up yet make sure to go here and get registered:  https://driveelectricweek.org/event-attend.php?eventid=917

Today’s meeting also resulted in us coming up with an idea for our website/Facebook: Owner Stories!  If you have an EV just take a picture standing next to your car then send it in with a short blurb on why you chose to drive electric, why you picked your specific make/model, and what you like about it.  We’ll post them all on our website and on our Facebook page.  Once you get it ready send it to our official email: spacecoastevdrivers@gmail.com.

Here’s a few pictures from today’s meet up and a link to the full album:

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Link to the full album:  https://goo.gl/photos/jkFdPjFpesYBFj666

Energy Whiz 2017 at the Florida Solar Energy Center

We were invited again this year to bring our personal EVs out to display and give test rides at the Energy Whiz event held at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, FL.  This event is for students to bring in their projects and compete as well as have their projects judged for trophies, plaques, and ribbons.  Much like science fair but all the projects have a central theme of using renewable energy in some form.  They have mini solar powered cars that have to race down a track carrying something like an egg or ping pong ball.  The winner has to cross the finish line with their “cargo” intact and still on board!  There is also a solar cook-off where the students design and build their own solar ovens that use mirrors and reflective foil and tape to focus the sun onto their pots and pans.  So they will be judged not only on the design and cooking power of the oven but also on the food they cooked with it!  There is also a “critter comfort cottage” competition where the students build a dog/cat/bird house that uses solar or other renewable power to run a fan or cooler or in some way make the house more comfortable for the animal.  There is also the big electrathon race with home built electric carts that use four bicycle sized wheels, electric motor, and batteries and drive around a track for 1 hour.  The race is won by endurance and the cart that does the most laps in 1 hour on a single battery charge.

We were there with many different makes and  models of electric vehicles that we drive every day to work and school.  Our tent and tables were set up on both sides of the main entrance so we could answer as many questions as possible from the attendees about our daily driving on electricity.  Everyone agreed that it was VERY beneficial to see all the different makes and models available as most of them didn’t know they even existed and were available to purchase today from the local dealerships (or directly from Tesla’s website!)

Here’s a few photos from the event with a link to the full album below:

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Full album here: https://goo.gl/photos/SCdH5SRqq554bRrR6

March for Science Recap

We brought some of our EVs to the March for Science in Titusville, FL at the Space View Park on April 22, 2017.  We also had our co-founder, Josh Pritt, as a speaker after the march to talk about Electric Vehicles and the science behind them.

The weather was just about perfect and there were nearly 300 people there.  We talked to over 100 just about electric vehicles as they came over to ask us all about driving electric.

Here’s a few photos from the event as well as a link to the full photo album.

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Full album here: https://goo.gl/photos/viJZyYX4wdpQ2TZ1A

Earth Day 2017 at Kennedy Space Center Recap

We were invited again to bring some of our electric cars to the Earth Day event at the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex.  We set up right next to the rocket garden this time and were much closer to where the people walk through.  There were well over 100 people that stopped by for electric vehicle information.  Almost every one of them didn’t realize there were so many different makes and models to choose from or that there were so many with the gasoline backup option.  We were there to explain the differences and how it works for us in our daily driving and how much we are saving by driving on locally produced electricity and some of us with the gasoline backup only buy 4 gallons of gas every 3 or 4 months.  These events at the KSC visitor complex are always great fun with plenty of other activities for the attendees to do and learn about taking better care of the planet.  NASA even brought a few of their electric vehicles to add to our display of cars!

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Earth Day 2017 at NASA Recap

On April 20, 2017 we brought out several of our electric cars to be part of the Earth Day event NASA put on for their employees to attend.  There were many other vendors including Blue Life Florida, Florida Solar, and Master Gardeners.  We were set up right by the front door of the OSB II building right next to the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center!  It was a treat to get to be “behind the scenes” right there on NASA property and get to talk to a few hundred employees about electric cars.  We might even get a few new members from some of those we talked to.  Here’s a few pictures from the event as well as a link to the full album.

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Link to the FULL album!  https://goo.gl/photos/3t53L6YNV7jCLegAA

 

 

WFIT Music Festival 2017

We had a GREAT time at the Sonic Waves Music Festival at FIT this past weekend!  We must have talked to 200 people about electric cars.  The WFIT radio station did a good job getting the event well organized and invited some really great live bands to perform.  We are looking forward to more awesome events like this on FIT’s campus.  Make sure to look for future events on our upcoming events page to see when we’ll be at FIT or a place near you.

Here are several photos taken during setup and while the event was going on:

April Monthly EV Meetup

The monthly meetup for April was held at the Panera Bread in Palm Bay.  We took over almost all the tables in the little room in the back while a few of our cars were parked over at the charging station in front of Kohl’s:
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We talked about having a big, EV extravaganza event at the American Muscle Car museum sometime soon.  We will need to contact them and find a good time.  We’ll also need to think about what exhibitors we want to invite as well.  But first we really need to talk to the museum and get everything set up as far as day and time and logistics, etc.

The next events we talked about were the Earth Day events at Kennedy Space Center on the 20th and 21st.  These events are always really fun for us since we can have our electric cars parked out among all of the historic rockets and space history while we answer all the questions from the attendees that stroll by.  Earth Day is a great day to explain to everyone the environmental benefits of installing solar panels on your house then plug in your EV.  Several of our members do this and drive around every day on pure sunlight as fuel!

We’ll also be at the Earth Day event on the 22nd at the Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary in Titusville.  This will be our 4th time there with our cars and tent and table full of informational handouts.  We always get to talk to lots of people interested in EVs with plenty of questions to answer with our real-world experience of driving them every day.

As always, check our upcoming events page to see where you can find us next.

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March Monthly Meetup 2017

We had a great meetup in March.  Just like all of our monthly meetups this was on the first Sunday of the month from 2-4 pm.  This time we had our meeting at the cafe inside the Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach. They have two sets of charging stations there with each one in the same, shared parking lot between the Courtyard and the next door Hampton Inn.  Each charging station has a 110v outlet, a J1772 level 2 plug, and a Tesla HPWC plug.  Here’s the plugshare link for both of the stations:
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One of our members brought his Zero brand electric motorcycle so we all took several looks at it after the meeting and asked lots of questions.  Check the photos below to take a look yourself.

We talked more about the upcoming event at FIT for the WFIT music festival and our plans for a few Earth Day events.  As always, check our upcoming events page to see where we’ll be next!

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Space Coast Motor Officers Car Truck Motorcycle and Craft Show

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We were invited to the Space Coast Motor Officers Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Craft Show supporting the Special Olympics of Florida.  This year the show was held at the American Muscle Car Museum located just south of the Melbourne Greyhound Park off of Sarno Road.  We were very surprised to see the solar panels all over the place.  We agreed there had to be enough to generate more than what the museum uses.  We were even more surprised to see the charging stations in the parking lot for electric cars!20170204_110316

There was one station on each side of the front door and each station had two plugs for a total of four charging spots.  They were absolutely free to use since the power was coming from the solar panels.  There was no card swipe or buttons to press on them at all.  Just plug in and start charging.  Easy!20170204_110425

We like to explain to everyone at our public Q&A events about some of our members having solar panels on their house they then use to charge their car.  We explain how they drove to today’s event on pure sunlight.  Now once you can plug into solar charging like this at the place you were going to (like the Muscle Car Museum) you can drive back home on pure sunlight too!  This is the “golden ticket” that needs to be spread around and installed at other places where you’d park for an hour anyway too: movie theaters, shopping malls, and everywhere people work.20170204_112318

There were trophies for the best in show, best car, best truck, etc.  And proceeds from registration fees went to the Special Olympics of Florida.  A very worthy charity!20170204_125113

There were several rows of show cars from almost every era.  There was even a British car from the 1930’s with right hand drive!  Check out the full photo album at the link below to see it!20170204_125157

There were several booths set up from local crafters where you could buy things like hand made purses, scarves, and jewelry among other things.  We had our table and tent set up like normal to hand out informational sheets and business cards while answering questions from gearheads about electric drive trains.  They were very excited when we told them about the all electric Zombie 222.  Made at Bloodshed Motors in Austin Texas (bloodshedmotors.com), it’s a 1968 Mustang Fastback with all of the drive components removed and replaced with batteries, controllers, and two very large DC motors.  It can do 0-60 MPH in 1.79 seconds!

We had a great time there and even got a great idea to check and see if we could have our Drive Electric Week event here.  It makes a lot of sense because there’s plenty of room and they have solar powered charging stations to show to everyone!20170204_125303

Remember to check our upcoming events page to see where we’ll be next and come out to ask your questions about driving electric!

Here’s a link to the FULL ALBUM with tons more pictures of individual cars from the show as well as a few surprising cars: https://goo.gl/photos/jwmMRiyXWjkaNAEn7

 

 

Family Christmas Extravaganza

We were invited to bring our cars out to the Family Christmas Extravaganza held at the Palm Bay Regional Park on December 17th.  There were thousands of people there to enjoy all the free activities like bounce houses and slides, petting zoo, horse rides, free food, as well as checking out the fire trucks, police mobile command center and fire safety training trailer.  Hundreds of people came by our area to check out the electric cars and ask us tons of great questions.  And since we drive these cars every day we had plenty of answers and then some!  One person even brought their personal electric unicycle.  It still counts as an EV!

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Here’s a few more photos from the event:

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Here’s a link to the full photo and video album:
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