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2018 National Drive Electric Week Recap

NDEW 2018 was a great success! We kicked off the event at 10 am with City Councilwoman Mindy Gibson reading the proclamation signed by the Mayor Frank Cantino. Over 50 EVs of 14 unique models were on display, including electric conversions, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric vehicles. We had the NASA Lunar Rover on display to remind everyone that it was also an electric vehicle. Everyone appreciated the food trucks and the raffle prizes donated by the exhibitors. The weather was perfect if not a tad hot. We had plenty of pop up tents for everyone to hide from the sun while talking about EVs.

Special thanks to the City of Satellite Beach for hosting the event with us at the Schechter Center and of course the national sponsors Plug In America, Sierra Club, Electric Auto Association, and Nissan.

We would like to recognize and thank Boy Scouts Troop 772 who helped with the set-up and also our student volunteers who ran the registration tent.

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Follow this link to see even more photos from the day:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/FP8pyE7CW9LgERrU7

This year’s exhibitors included: (in alphabetical order)
BMW of Melbourne
Brevard Solar
Citizens Climate Lobby
Coastal Mitsubishi
Dusty Joe’s Smokin Eats
League of Women Voters
Nissan of Melbourne
Pipistrel Electric
Porsche of Melbourne
Rethink Energy
Satellite Beach Sustainability Department
Solar Energy Systems
Speedie Weenie
Tesla Orlando
Udder Delights

City of Satellite Beach Earth Day Celebration

The City of Satellite Beach invited us back to the Schechter Center to display our EVs along with the other earth friendly exhibitors.  Most of the stuff was inside but we braved the rain and set up our tent and table with our cars just outside the front door with our cars.  Every time we set up at an event it’s always random which cars will be there depending on our schedules.  This time we laughed because we had 5 Chevy Volts all lined up on one side and they were all white!  We hoped no one would ask us if white was the only color they came in.  The other side had a Nissan Leaf and two Tesla Model S sedans.  As the event opened it was very cloudy and raining on a off so everyone was worried that no one would show up.  But right around lunch time the clouds opened up and the sun came out – and so did the people!  There were plenty of questions asked by the public and we were there to answer them all.  There was a couple of people that said they were thinking about getting an electric car as their next one and said they would contact us with more questions.  If you have questions about electric cars we are the ones to ask.  We drive them every day and there’s almost every make and model represented in our club.  From 100% electric to plug in hybrids with gasoline range extenders, we are happy to clear up the confusion and tell you all the differences from our daily driving collective wisdom.

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Earth Day at Enchanted Forest

We were invited back for the fourth time this year to the big earth day event at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in Titusville. Instead of just two EVs this year we had six! Again, all the visitors that passed by our tent had lots of good questions and really liked the fact that they were our personal cars instead of show cars. It sprinkled rain on and off between bouts of sunshine. A heavy downpour came later after noon but everyone agreed it wasn’t enough to scare us away and stayed to the end.

 

Another great meet up for February

We had another great meetup for our first Sunday of the month in February.  We not only went over our newest members, we added a new one right then during the meeting!  He found us by our event posted on Facebook.  So we think we’ll be posting our events on Facebook as often as possible from now on.  We talked about ways to celebrate our 100th member even though we are now at 104 members and 90 electric vehicles.  Perhaps waiting until we hit 100 EVs would be a better milestone?  We loved eating at Tely’s Chinese Restaurant as the food was great and right across the street from the Medical City Complex with charging stations for the cars that came from further away.  Here’s our new numbers as of Feb 5, 2018:

Total EVs:
91
Total Members:
104
EV Models:
RAV 4 EV 1
Nissan Leaf 23
Mitsubishi iMiEV 2
Ford Fusion Energi 0
Chevy Volt 25
Ford Focus EV 2
Tesla Roadster 1
Tesla Model S 15
Ford CMax Energi 2
Plug in Prius 1
BMW i3 2
BMW i8 1
Tesla Model X 3
Zero S Motorcycle 1
Chevy Spark EV 2
Toyota Celica Conversion 1
Austin Healey Conversion 1
Fiat 500e 1
Kia Soul EV 1
Zero FXS Motorcycle 1
GotWay MCM2s 1
Chevy Bolt 2
Ford Escape Plug in 1
Honda Clarity Plug in Hybrid 1

Satellite Beach Founders Day

We had a great time talking to hundreds of people about electric vehicles at the Satellite Beach Founders Day event.  There were vendors, crafts and food all inside the Schechter Center and in the whole parking lot.  We had four EVs on display today (out of 86 total cars in our club).  We didn’t have enough to roll quietly in the parade around town like we did last time, but it was still a successful event.

Everyone was pleasantly surprised to hear how the Chevy Volt can drive on $18 per month of electricity and about 4 gallons of gas every 3 months (if you take longer trips).  They also were delighted when we showed them just how many charging stations there are on the plugshare.com map.  Zero people knew that West Melbourne was getting a Tesla Supercharger as we spoke.  Hopefully, we can get the local news to cover a grand opening and really explain how much extra business it will bring to the city from out of town Tesla drivers as they shop and eat while waiting for a charge.  Remember to check our upcoming events page to see where we’ll be next to see our cars and ask us questions.  Or just email us directly with your questions!

Here’s a link to the full photo album with pictures from the event: https://photos.app.goo.gl/RIQmfYVAUv7qdsoN2

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FIT Treat or Treat 2017

The Residence Life Sustainability club invited us to bring our EVs to their annual Treat or Treat event.  This year they had set up each dorm building as a different themed haunted house with different levels of fright.  There were almost 3000 people there so this was by far one of the biggest events we’ve attended yet!  We were invited to help spread the ecological and economical savings our cars have given us so far to go with the overall sustainability theme of the event.  One of the main ideas was for the children to get some trick or treat practice before the big day on Halloween so there were other vendors and exhibitors there with fun games and things for kids to “win” candy.  We just had free candy to go with our free information for the parents and older kids all about driving electric.  Everyone loved being able to see the cars right next to our tent and all seemed surprised to know they were our personal cars.  Most people we talk to assume we are some sort of salespeople trying to sell them cars.  We always explain how these are the cars we drive every day to work, school, the mall, and the movies so we are the people to answer your questions.  The costumes were awesome and everyone had a great time talking electric vehicles to so many people.

Here’s the full album of photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/fOIw32xOomhO3fZs1

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FIT First Year Experience

A couple of us took a long lunch break to showcase our personal EVs at the FIT campus to show to the First Year students during their course on Sustainability.  We didn’t have a lot of different makes and models to show since it was during the work day but we had plenty of information and handouts for them to read about later.  The students had lots of great questions and we were able to answer them from our years of real world knowledge of driving them every day.  We let them sit in the cars and look under the hood and explained how little it costs us for fuel and maintenance compared to a regular car.  We also opened their eyes to the ever growing used market for these electric vehicles and plug in hybrids that are coming off lease or get traded in for newer models.

We are now looking forward to the next event at FIT for their Treat or Treat night!

Full album of photos taken during this event: https://photos.app.goo.gl/dGMI4GMLKLY78ygl2

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October Monthly EV Meetup

This month we met up at the Dixie Crossroads restaurant in Titusville.  The main idea was to show the owner and manager how much extra business installing a charging station would bring.  We explained how they are in a great location by showing them the plugshare map and how they are just off the interstate and highway where there aren’t many options for charging.  They were VERY interested when we told them about the FREE to install, FREE to use, FREE to maintain, and they pay you back for all the power used each month charging stations from Volta Charging: http://www.voltacharging.com/

We went over the numbers from our big, annual, nation wide National Plug in Day event we had on Sept 16 in Satellite Beach: Almost 350 total attendees, right around 42 electric vehicles, and we gave just under 120 test ride and drives.  We all agreed this was not bad at all considering we had the hurricane come through the weekend before!

Then we went over the events in our calendar to make sure everyone knew about them and was planning to attend.  As always, make sure to check our Upcoming Events page to see where we’ll be if you want to ask us questions, take  look inside and even possibly take a ride or drive in on of our personal electric vehicles.

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National Drive Electric Week 2017 Recap

The 2014 event took place  in Melbourne, while 2015 and 2016 took place in Satellite Beach and this year we once again held our 2017 National Drive Electric Week event at the Schechter Center in Satellite Beach .  The big note from this event is that it was planned for the weekend right after hurricane Irma caused a lot of problems throughout Florida.  Due to the hurricane, we didn’t have quite as many electric vehicles show up that were registered but we were still amazed that we had 42 over the course of the day.  Some showed up early then left later on to do hurricane clean up, and others did some clean up early but still showed up later staying to the end.

Let’s just say it. We were blown away by the number of EV owners that volunteered their time to show their car and talk to attendees all about them and answer their questions this year.  We had plenty of owners that gave test rides and some owners let lucky attendees drive their EV around the block.  Everyone agreed that being able to not only see the cars and talk to the owners but  to actually go riding or driving in them really showed the attendees just how great EVs are. Current owners talked facts and figures letting attendees know that these vehicles are available and affordable convincing some that an EV could realistically be their next car.

We opened the event with a speech from Steve Osmer, vice mayor of Satellite Beach.  He kicked off the festivities by reading the official proclamation signed and sealed by the mayor. He  also took the time during his speech to say a few words about how this event lines up exactly with their environmental and green efforts brought forward by the city’s sustainability board.

Everyone loved the FREE raffle prizes that were donated by some of our very own Space Coast EV Drivers club members, Schneider Electric, and Nissan Leaf. The kids especially loved the Simon says game allowing them a chance to grab a few prizes while having some fun.

We had two food trucks out of the four that were registered to be there.  The hurricane made it hard to find generators and messed up the food supply for some of them.  Both the Coastal Kitchen and Good Moos food trucks sold out of most of their food and were a big hit. Everyone loved the ice cream and smoothies from Good Moos to help stave off the heat from the great, 90+ degree sunny weather we had that day.

Sadly, we had a few exhibitors that had to cancel due to the hurricane as well but we still had plenty to help make a great event such as: Melbourne BMW, Solar Energy Systems of Brevard, Citizens Climate Lobby, Florida Institute of Technology Engineering Electric Race Team, Space Coast Progressive Alliance, and Brevard Solar.  Much thanks to all of our exhibitors that came out and a very big thanks to Denis DeSousa from Melbourne BMW who sponsored the water/soda tent, supplying our volunteers and attendees alike with refreshments in the heat.  We love having exhibitors as part of the event and the benefit of having solar installers on hand is being able to show attendees how some of our members who already have solar on their house drive everywhere using pure sunlight as fuel. True zero emissions!

The Kennedy Space Center once again brought their Lunar Rover to display as it is also an electric vehicle.  Kids and adults alike loved to sit on it and take selfies.  We weren’t expecting many attendees to show up due to the hurricane but we counted close to 350!  Thanks to everyone that brought their EVs and everyone who came out to see and learn about them we had a VERY successful event.  We’ll see everyone at our next event in October.  Make sure to check our Upcoming Events page to see where we’ll be next so you can come out and see and learn about all the different makes and models.

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Here’s the link to the full album of photos taken from the event: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZNgwjxHF2NyzAQB93

Join Us for National Drive Electric Week 2017

page01It’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