AustinEV will be showing member-built electric vehicles at the Austin mini-Maker Faire this Sunday, May 5. We’re looking forward to all the tinkering.
Many of you who have been members of AustinEV for a long time may
remember Mark Kapner and his storied electric Geo Metro. Well after a
long absence, Mark’s back, and he’s just recently bought himself one of
these and would like to show it to us:
I’ve seen pictures of the Think City EV over the years, but have never
gotten to see one of these Scandinavian cars in person. If you’d like to
check it out and maybe hear about what Mark’s been up to in the
meantime, and maybe bring your own EV to show off as well, put our
meeting for February on your calendar.
Food and conversation with AustinEV
When: Saturday, February 9 2012, 5pm
Where: Rockin’ Tomato Pizza, 3003 S. Lamar Blvd, 78704
Hope to see you there!
From a member’s post to the AustinEV list —
.. “Well, during the application process, Austin Energy let me know that they would no longer be offering the 1/2 back rebate for conversion EVs. My rebate would be the last one offered for a conversion EV. You can still get the 1/2 back rebate for the install and station for a non-conversion EV.”
For our inaugural “casual gathering”, I’ve followed Mark Witt’s suggestion
of going to the Rockin’ Tomato on South Lamar. The owner (who has an
interest in EVs himself) has offered us some tables and a few reserved
spaces if we want to bring cars to show. There are a couple 120VAC outlets
available as well for scooters or to put a little into your EV while you
Saturday, September 8, 2007 3:15 – 4:45
We’ve got some important events coming up as summer heads into autumn and our typically busiest season, including our annual trip to Fredericksburg for the Renewable Energy Roundup.
Before that though, we’ve got a couple things on the radar.
First is the next AustinEV meeting. On the agenda for the meeting, in addition to regular organizational business, is that relatively new entry into EV discussions these days, Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs). We’ll have 2 on display, from Austin Energy and also one converted by James Philippi from Houston. James’ conversion of his car is documented pretty much entirely within a single 11-page forum thread, here:
The next item, which James will also be present to discuss, is the Maker Faire on Oct 20-21, for which he is looking for our help. A Toyota Prius (belonging to one very brave Darren Overby, from California no less) has been provided for conversion to PHEV during the course of the 2-day event. Darren and James will be at the meeting to go over the details of the plan and request help from any AustinEV folks interested in donating some elbow grease.
The meeting will be a month from now, Saturday Sept 9 at the Terrazas branch of the Austin Public Library:
The meeting will start at 3:15 and we’ve been told we need to be out by 4:45. We’ll most likely (perhaps already by that point) reconvene in the parking lot, around the cars.
In my opinion, PHEVs are one of the sources (along with gas prices, and NEDRA drag racing) of one of the biggest groundswells of popular support for electric grid-powered transportation in recent memory. I hope we can put together a big group for the meeting, to learn more about the PHEV concept for those who are new to it, and support what promises in October to be an important PR event that will be attended by thousands and will be seen, through subsequent articles and blogging, by people all over the world.
Mark your calendars!
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