This month we met at the old Moon Hut in Cape Canaveral, now La Fiesta Mexican restaurant. We had 20 people including the new Sustainability Manager for Cape Canaveral, Zach Eichholz. He gave us a quick list of the things on his to-do list for the city:
The city has four, dual ClipperCreek chargers. They are spread out over several locations like city hall, the library, and Manatee Park. There will be six more coming this year! More will be added to city hall. Some will be added to the wastewater treatment plant for city fleet Ford Focus EV and future fleet plug in vehicles. We reminded him instead of waiting for Rivian and Tesla to come out with their 100% electric pick up trucks they can already get plug in hybrid work trucks from VIA Motors and Workhorse. He wants to see it go to 20 chargers all over the city.
Zach mentioned the chargers have not added any noticeable amount to the city’s power bill. This is important to know that it is OK to give the power away for free because it will pay for itself many times over with all the extra business it will bring from EV owners spending money in the local restaurants and shops.
We had our monthly meetup on the 2nd Sunday of the month instead of the first so we could have our visitors from Norway meet with us. They found out about us from the EV News Daily podcast. If you haven’t subscribed to it yet we highly recommend it! They just got their new Tesla Model 3 and their child is a student at FIT. Since they were visiting FIT anyway we thought it would be the perfect time to meet up and talk about electric cars and charging stations. They introduced us to a company in Norway called Zaptec that builds smart charging stations that can split up the power as more cars plug in. This is different from running a dedicated circuit from the breaker box to each individual charger. This way with Zaptec chargers you only need the one, big circuit and as each car plugs in it will slow down the charge to the other cars so you can have many more cars charging that would normally be allowed. This makes the most sense for apartment and condo complexes. Thai Thai House at Hammock Landing was a great spot to have our meetup and we’ll be back there again in the future. We agreed that next month we should meet at Ginger & Garlic in Rockledge.
Today was the first Sunday of the month, January 6, 2019. Also the first Sunday of the new year!
We met at the Cottage Irish Pub in the Eau Gallie section of Melbourne. We went over a few things for the club, talked about how to submit your photo and blurb for the member bios page, delivered another blue polo shirt to a new member and shared some EV news. Most importantly we all got to meet the our newest member with their brand new Tesla Model 3.
We have an upcoming event on January 24 for our local Sierra Club chapter in Rockledge. We’ll bring as many different makes and models as possible to show everyone all the differences and what to look for when shopping for an EV. We’ll also give a presentation about the club and how we’ve grown to over 100 members and over 100 electric vehicles.
We are planning to do another large EV car show in Satellite Beach for Earth Day. Here’s some of the preliminary information about that event: https://driveelectricearthday.org
We met this month at the Crafty Crab at Hammock Landing and went over everything needed to get ready for National Drive Electric Week. The main idea is we are in SERIOUS PUSH MODE for getting the word out. Tell everyone you know to sign up to attend at our official event page here: https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1235
We also printed some flyers for everyone to hand out at every place you visit and also ask if you can hang them up. You can download and print the flyer from here if you want to print a few of them yourself to help get the word out:
Next, two of our members will record the radio spot at WFIT to play the two weeks before the event. So look for a post about that in our September monthly meetup post.
We also talked about setting up a weekly meeting every Thursday for the planning of NDEW. This will be a meeting to make sure tasks are getting taken care of and we are all on the same page.
We had a visitor join us with questions about getting their very first car – and to get the best deal on an electric one! The advice was to go to cars.com or carvana and search for used EVs with the search terms to get the newest car within your budget to get the most bells and whistles. The battery tech is evolving with every update such as the 2016 Chevy Volt and 2018 Nissan Leaf so that’s important to research. It’s also good to measure your daily drive to see how much range you need to cover your driving habits. A plug in hybrid is always a good choice since it can use gasoline if the battery ever runs out for those that just can’t get over their range anxiety. We can tell you that range anxiety isn’t a real thing since everyone in our club that drives a pure electric car never worries about their range except in very rare cases.
One of our members finally remembered to take a picture of the Tesla Supercharger voltage/electric info label for the actual voltage/amps rating. It’s 410 volts and 270 amps. That’s a lot of juice! No wonder the Superchargers are the fastest chargers out there today.
For the first Sunday of July we decided to meet at the old Moon Hut, now La Fiesta in Cape Canaveral. Since the city has decided to install FREE to use charging stations at City Hall, the Public Library, and Manatee Park, we wanted to take some photos to show them just how much extra business they are bringing into town. This is one of the main ideas every business and apartment/condo owner needs to know. If you install charging stations you will attract more customers. These customers will also end up spending more money at your business/restaurant because they will wait around a little longer than others to wait for their car to charge. This means they might buy an extra coffee or get dessert where other customers would have normally left already. Then, once your competitors are also installing charging stations then you can install FREE to use stations to attract more customers than your competitors. Even if a car was plugged in for 4 hours it would only use about $2 of electricity. So by giving away that $2 you would get back much more than that in extra business. This is way better than the money you would spend for advertising and marketing and get even better results! Once you put your charger on plugshare.com EV drivers will find you and single you out over your competitors – especially if planning a trip and need to stay at your hotel. They will always pick one with a place to charge while they sleep. For more information about charging stations check our info page here.
This month we came back to the bistro/cafe inside the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach. We like to show them how much extra business the free charging stations they have in their parking lot attracts by having some of our meetings there. That’s one of the main ideas behind our monthly meetups. Not only do we get to meet any new members and talk electric vehicle tech, we also get to show local businesses the growing number of electric vehicles that are waiting to charge up while parked and spend money at their business. Each month we meet at a different location with charging stations so contact us to get added to the email list or check our upcoming events page. Not only will installing a charging station at your business attract extra EV-driving customers, but it will also increase the time we stay there. This normally turns into extra sales or in the case of a restaurant, a dessert or extra coffee. Read more about the different types of charging stations and reasons to install them at your business on our charging station info page.
We are starting our planning for this year’s National Drive Electric Week event in Satellite Beach so make sure to register to attend or volunteer to help and most of all tell your friends! We are going to try to get well over 50 electric vehicles this year or as close to 100 as possible. We have almost 100 EVs just in our group alone! As of this last meeting, here’s our membership numbers:
This month’s meet up took place at Squid Lips, next door to the Eau Gallie Public library, where there are 2 charging spaces. We had a great turnout! A new member joined the group with his Zero motorcycle and an existing member brought her new Tesla Model 3. We had a wonderful time discussing topics like the Green Grand Prix, battery-powered airplanes, workplace charging, and current events related to self-driving vehicles.
April will be a busy month. Checkout the Upcoming Events page for more details on the following events.
April 14: Cape Canaveral Founders’ Day
April 17-18: Kennedy Space Center Earth Day
April 20: Satellite Beach Earth Day
April 21: Earth Day at the Enchanted Forest
Stay tuned as we add more events to the calendar and provide more information on this year’s National Drive Electric Week.
We had our March 2018 meetup at the old Moon Hut in Cape Canaveral, now called La Fiesta. Real astronauts ate here! We had a special guest from the city of Cape Canaveral join us and talk about all the new charging stations installed by the city. We asked how they got the city to install the FREE to use charging stations instead of the more expensive to purchase and operate ones that require you to swipe an RFID card to pay. He explained that the city understands that by giving away the 50 cents or a few bucks of electricity they will bring many times that in economic bonuses since EV owners will visit the local shops and restaurants while they wait for their car to charge. We urged the city to spread word to every other city as that is the way to go! We all agreed that we will all be spending more time in Cape Canaveral because of those free chargers. He said that we could talk to other cities and send them their way and they would explain it all to them. So if you’re listening, Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Palm Bay, and every other city out there – talk to Cape Canaveral! We have over 100 members now and growing every month. These electric vehicles are the way of the future so it would help to get started now instead of waiting to catch up with your charging infrastructure! You can use our Charging Station Info page on our website to help answer most of your questions. You can also contact us and use us as a resource to help answer all of your questions about driving electric. We do it every day and love it!