Sep 22

Wrap Up: National Drive Electric Week, 2014

Kathy and the Kilowatts

Kathy and the Kilowatts playing after the rain. Photo by Mark Witt.

This year’s National Drive Electric Week “Picnic in the Park” ended up being “rain AND shine”

The first car to roll in was Ed F.’s Tesla Model S, with 10,310 oil-free miles, soon to be joined by 23 other electric vehicles for a combined (recorded) total of 275,841 oil-free miles on the road!

This year had the most models we’ve seen, including a BMW i3 that drew almost as much attention as the Zero motorcycles joining the event for the first time this year. The wheel-to-wheel row of Teslas were a beauty to behold, and the Volts and Leafs were driven in with wide EV grins as well as MiEVs, a Ford Fusion, Toyota Rav4, and conversions from long-time AustinEV members Brian and Jennifer L., and Ben J. There were more two wheeled vehicles this year, including a first time conversion motorcycle, as well as Mark W., Mark S., and Audrey S. from Electric Avenue Scooters on a trio of lithium powered scooters.

Larry S. sharing donuts and his Volt-inspired oil free (s)miles! (photo from Larry S.)

Larry S. sharing donuts and his Volt-inspired oil free (s)miles! (photo from Larry S.)

We had a (greatly appreciated) representation of local dealerships, including BMW of Austin, Capitol Chevrolet, Covert Cadillac, Leif Johnson Ford, and representing the national sponsor of National Drive Electric Week, Town North Nissan.

Special thanks go to our local sponsors BMW of Austin, SunPower, Capitol Chevrolet, Smart Charge Residential (event organizer Joseph Barletta), Covert Cadillac, and REVOLT (event organizer Aaron Choate). Also special thanks to event organizers Stacy Neef and Diego Lopez of Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance, and the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Other exhibitors represented at the event included Austin Energy Plug in Partners, Circular Energy,  the EVLove Club, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), Eco Network, and Electric Car Insider Magazine

Many attendees were seen sporting beautiful face (and arm) paintings thanks to Tami of Paradise Face Painting, and Kathy and the Kilowatts played both amped (pre-rain) and acoustic (post rain), proving once again that Austin is used to all kinds of weather.

If you have photos of the event that you’d like to share, we’d love to post them!  We will add a few here, but you can see the complete 2014 National Drive Electric gallery on our Facebook page.

Sep 19

Joseph Barletta on Shades of Green podcast

AustinEV operating partner and owner of Smart Charge Residential Joseph Barletta, was a guest on KOOP radio’s Shades of Green talk show sharing information regarding the National Drive Electric Week event.

Aren’t you listening to the show anyway? But in case you missed it, the podcast is available for your listening pleasure.

Sep 19

Picnic in the Park Schedule

EVENT SCHEDULE (RAIN OR SHINE!) for the National Drive Electric Week Picnic in the Park Electric Vehicle Gathering http://bit.ly/evpicnic

September 20th at the Northwest Recreation Center

10:30-noon:
Speakers (inside Recreation Center)

noon-2:
Ride & Drive (depending on the rain)
Live music from Kathy and the Kilowatts

2pm
Group photo with owners and vehicles showing their “EV-love”

All day:
Talk with exhibitors and local EV dealerships
Car show; learn about EV ownership
Face painting by Paradise Face Painting

Free and open to the public.
Limited non-participant parking; please consider car-pooling.

Aug 07

It has a name! Austin Picnic in the Park, September 20, 2014

National Drive Electric Week's Austin Party will be held September 20, 2014. Details to come!

National Drive Electric Week’s Austin Party will be held September 20, 2014. Details to come!

We’re finalizing the details! It’s going to be a party with a photograph! Bring your park-safe picnic for some socializing and entertainment, then take part in an aerial-view heart showing how much you love your EV!

We have hopes that a special invitation can get their vehicle out of California in time, and another can show us some old-school EV luxury.  And you!  You’ll be there too, right?

Confirm your attendance on the National Drive Electric Week Website.

If you have your own celebration planned for the week, let us know and we’ll add it to our event page!

[update 8/8: We asked Kathy and the Kilowatts to play for all you lovers of Austin Blues (and because of the name. We won't lie). They said yes!]

[update 8/8 v2: We also have an online donations form to help offset the cost of the event and promote the Austin Area EAA chapter of the Electric Auto Association. We were informed that donors of amounts in excess of $1000 can request the ID of the EAA for tax purposes, otherwise a print out of the page should be adequate.]

Aug 01

2014 Renewable Energy Roundup passes

The 2014 Renewable Energy Roundup has been announced for September 26-28 this year.  The event is moving to Belton, TX at the Bell County Expo Center.  If you would like to support AustinEV, and register for tickets online, please use the code AEVARPC14 when you register at their site.  AustinEV will earn $5 when you do so.  Thanks.

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