It’s time for the big event we look forward to every year: National Drive Electric Week! This is the time for everyone in and around the Space Coast of Florida to come out and take a ride in a Tesla and every other available make and model electric vehicle. These are our personal cars we drive every day to work and school and have driven them for many years and almost a million combine miles. Every car on display or available for ride and drives will be able to plug in and drive on pure electricity. This does include plug in hybrids like the Chevy Volt and Ford CMax Energi that have built in gas generators for long trips in addition to 100% electric only cars like the Tesla and Nissan Leaf. There will be at least 14 different makes and models to see and take for a ride around the block to get the full EV experience. To show everyone just how easy and convenient it is to plug in your car every day, we’ll have some charging stations and portable chargers on site to let attendees plug and unplug our cars! We’ll have a big tent set up for water and shade for public Q&A. Since we drive these cars every day we are definitely the people to answer your burning EV questions. We’ll have food trucks, music and raffles for small prizes! There will be environmental exhibitors such as solar power installers, the Marine Resources Council, and the Turtle Coast Sierra Club. We’ll also have the new Electric Fun Rides right next door with electric bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and hoverboards ready for you to take a spin. So come on out, check out all the different makes and models of electric vehicles, take a ride around the block in some others and enter the raffle for prizes. This day is all about electric vehicles and how fun and easy they are to drive and to spread the word on all the savings on fuel and maintenance and their environmental benefits of clean air. We’ll have our members on hand that can show you how they installed solar panels on their house and now charge their electric car with pure sunlight! Make sure to register to attend right now, today! Go here for our official event page and click the Register button: https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=917
Today we met at the Squid Lips bar and grill because it is right next to the charging station at the Eau Gallie Library. Al Lococo gave us an explanation of the different adapters he has collected or built himself over the years for his electric vehicles. He uses a lot of them on road trips when plugging in at the various hotels he stays at that allow him to get a nice, overnight charge while he sleeps. As more and more hotels and businesses install the standard, J1772 plug charging stations, it will be MUCH easier and become commonplace for those staying overnight at hotels to charge their EV. Remember, if you are a business owner and want to attract more business a simple investment in an EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) is a no-brainer. Just check our charging station info page for all the info you need for the various types, sizes, and configurations of charging stations. You can also call or email us if you have any immediate questions on all things EV related.
We also had a guest from the Brevard Environment and Sustainability Team visit our meetup and tell us all about the upcoming city council meeting at Melbourne City Hall on July 25 at 6 pm. We will be there to show support for the city to create an environmental and sustainability committee and to pledge goals for renewable energy and electric car fleets for city use. We can show how much we save and how little money we spend on maintenance on our personal vehicles that would translate to electric city vehicles.
We are still pushing to make sure everyone signs up for National Drive Electric Week in Satellite Beach on September 16 and tell everyone you know to sign up too. The newspapers and radio like to see that hundreds of people have signed up for an event to get really excited. In 2015 we had almost 200 attendees. In 2016 we had almost 300 attendees. We are hoping to get almost 400 or more this year! Make sure everyone you know signs up to attend our event to ride in a Tesla, or any other make model EV we’ll have there. From the Nissan Leaf to the Chevy Volt, the new Chevy Bolt, BMW i3 and i8, the Kia Soul EV, the Fiat 500e, and the Ford C-Max Energi. Below is a list of all of the current numbers of members and makes/models we hope will be there at the event!
Current Membership as of July 2, 2017
|RAV 4 EV||1|
|Ford Fusion Energi||1|
|Ford Focus EV||1|
|Tesla Model S||11|
|Ford CMax Energi||2|
|Plug in Prius||3|
|Tesla Model X||2|
|Zero S Motorcycle||1|
|Chevy Spark EV||2|
|Toyota Celica Conversion||1|
|Austin Healey Conversion||1|
|Kia Soul EV||1|
|Zero FXS Motorcycle||1|
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: email@example.com.
Here’s a few pictures from today’s meet up and a link to the full album:
Link to the full album: https://goo.gl/photos/jkFdPjFpesYBFj666
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:
Full album here: https://goo.gl/photos/SCdH5SRqq554bRrR6
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.
Full album here: https://goo.gl/photos/viJZyYX4wdpQ2TZ1A
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!
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.
Link to the FULL album! https://goo.gl/photos/3t53L6YNV7jCLegAA
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:
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:
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.
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:
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!