Here’s a great visualization of all the charging stations that have been installed since 2009. It’s a lot more than you think and the rate they are getting installed is getting even faster. Watching this makes it seem like this EV thing is catching on…
First, we would like to thank everyone who made it to the first Space Coast Electric Vehicle Drivers monthly meet up. It was a perfect day to park our cars at the level 3 charger in downtown Melbourne, Fl and walk over to Meg O’Malleys for a late lunch.
We love the idea that the cars are parked together and are easy to view so people walking by can see electric vehicles of all types in their town. It is a great way to show the town we are here, we are using the newly installed infrastructure, and we will make a point to gather in locations that add electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) such as the new CHAdeMO charging station. (Especially when they are located in truly convenient areas of town with easy access to amenities.)
So now we are sure you are asking yourself “what did I miss?” As if the opportunity to dine on some of Melbourne’s most delicious French onion soup wasn’t enough here are the details. We spent the time discussing our cars, talking about upcoming events, discussing outreach opportunities, what we all do for work, how good the crab cake appetizer is, how we ended up in Melbourne, strange or fun experiences you have had interacting with the public in regards to your electric vehicle, how good this half a rack of ribs is, lots of talk about flying planes (commercial and private), and much, much more.
Couldn’t make it this month? No problem, there is always next month. So save the date for the first Sunday in June which happens to be June 1st at Squid Lips in Melbourne. Be sure to check the website. We look forward to seeing you at the next meet up.
Watch Jay Leno take a look at the new VIA Motors VTrux – and love them! If you’ve been wanting a gas saving SUV or pickup truck this is the best of all possible worlds. It uses the same idea that makes the Chevrolet Volt save so much gas and even adds a power export option so you can run power tools or your house with the batteries and onboard, range-extender generator. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.
Here’s a sneak peek at the ribbon cutting event that took place at downtown Melbourne’s newest EV charging station. The first DC fast charger in Brevard County, FL. The Space Coast EV Drivers were invited to do Q & A with attendees at the ribbon cutting. Stay tuned for photos and videos from the event. Lots of electric vehicle drivers were on hand to celebrate the unveiling.
Our next event will be at the Melbourne Beach Founders Day. We’ll be setting up our tent and table and banner as part of the car show on Ocean Avenue. Drop on by and ask real electric vehicle owners any question you have about driving electric! Go here for more information and the whole day’s schedule: http://www.melbournebeachfl.org/Pages/MelbourneBeachFL_News/01CE537B-000F8513
Saturday, May 3, 2014
We’ll set up at 9:30 am as part of the car show that will be 10 am to 3 pm.
Town of Melbourne Beach, Florida
Ryckman Park and Ocean Park
Do you use the portable 110V charger for your Chevy Volt or other EV as your main charger? Do you ever wonder where to put the plug after you’ve removed it from the car? Do you just drape it over the charger box or just set it on a nearby shelf? Do you wish there was a nice spot you could just put the plug in like at a public charging station? Wish no more! With the advent of 3D printers you can now simply download this plug holder and print it out in hard plastic. Then just bolt it to the wall near the charger and you can plug it in just like you’ve always wanted. Take a look at the pictures to see it in action. Leave us a comment if you wanted one of these and/or would use one. And if you have a 3D printer this is the link to the file I used to print it: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:153449