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.

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.]

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.

National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week logo

National Drive Electric Week
September 15-21, 2014

This year’s National Plug in Day has been extended to a full week for celebration. Mark your calendars for September 15-21 and register at the National Drive Electric Week Event.

We are still planning the details, but if you haven’t finished your conversion or are still debating which electric vehicle to buy or lease, you still have time!

3rd Annual National Plug in Day Austin 2013 Wrap-up

The first EV to appear during set up was a Fisker Karma, and its driver, Alan, kindly agreed to check in the rest of the vehicles that silently rolled into the parking lot for the next hour, representing over 199,000 oil-free miles in celebration of Austin’s contribution to the Third Annual National Plug in Day.

Ben J. and Jennifer L. seated in front of a Jeep and Saturn conversion electric vehicle

We recognize those two! And they’re wearing that AustinEV gear well!

We were enthused to see many dual-EV families, and the number of Teslas and Volts represented was only eclipsed by the number of Leafs. Despite the rain (which we were strangely excited to see), all eleven types of vehicles signed up for the event were represented, including the Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt, Tesla Model S, Ford’s C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi, and Focus Electric, Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later), Think City, Fisker Karma, a Vetrix scooter, and several conversions.

Alan and his Karma (photo by Larry Schuler)

Alan and his Karma (photo by Larry Schuler). Warning: if you’re the first to arrive, you’ll often be the first to be drafted to help out, too! Thanks, Alan!

The talks were well-attended. Dale Bulla of Interfaith Environmental Network demonstrated the ease of vehicle charging from solar panels and resulted in several owners who do charge their plug-in vehicles from solar pointing out that we should have had “coal-free miles” as well as “oil-free miles” numbers being tallied. Actacell‘s Director of Product Management (and longtime Austin EV member) Marc Kohler presented useful and interesting information unique to plug-in vehicles, and Austin Leaf Owner’s Group and event sponsor Tim Ziegner’s panel talk extended well beyond the end time, proving the passion owners have for their electric vehicles and, we’re fairly certain, influencing several non-EV owners to make the commitment to purchasing or leasing an EV as their next vehicle. Because of time restrictions, Chris Robison of REVOLT Electric Vehicles (and longtime Austin EV member) wasn’t able to give his presentation on the future of home-brew, but he did speak one-on-one with several individuals before we wrapped up and the cars drove away from the lot as silently as they arrived.

Tesla Owners of Texas were strongly represented

Tesla Owners of Texas had a strong representation (uncredited image from their Facebook page)

We want to extend our appreciation to everyone who attended, presented, helped, participated in the Ride & Drive, and/or exhibited, including Town North Nissan, SunPower Corporation Texas, the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, Austin Energy, and REVOLT Electric Vehicles. Also thanks to Tesla Owners of Texas, the Austin Leaf Owners Group and other vehicle clubs who we may not have mentioned, Larry S (for also decorating his Volt with donuts and taking photographs – linked from the Austin EV event page for the day and from where we borrowed the picture of the Karma), Brian L (for also bringing banana bread and substantially helping with cleanup), Heidi and Ken (for also helping reorganize the food and drinks), as well as Austera (Tim Ziegner) and REVOLT (Aaron Choate & Cara Fealy) for organizing and offsetting the cost of the event by providing local sponsorship.

Please direct us to any omissions or errors in our wrap-up and links to photos of the event in the comments below. and any additional comments or feedback you may have are greatly appreciated. We had fun, and we hope you did as well!