“NEW ASR REPORT FINDS ELECTRIC VEHICLES CHARGED BY SOLAR PANELS ARE AS COOL AS IT GETS IN 2012”


THE EVENT/ THE FILM

Penn Future put together a wonderful “Revenge of The Electric Car” movie premiere for Pittsburgh. Director Chris Payne’s film follows Tesla, GM, and Nissan through the behind the scenes process of bringing the Roadster, Volt, and Leaf to the public. It's a very interesting invitation into the world of major corporation’s CEO’s as well. You get a real feeling for what it is like to be one of the big dogs. The glimpse into the personal lives of Bob Lutz, Elon Musk, and Carlos Ghosn is as entertaining as everything about the EV’s if not more. It also touches on another individual nicknamed Gadget who does his own conversions.

The event was well represented on Penn Avenue matching the movie’s car stars with a Tesla Roadster, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Civic EV Conversion parked out front. Another important EV star was added as well that the film didn’t cover, the Electric Bicycle. Pulse Motors Founders were on hand with their PEV0 electric bikes.


Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Dr. Axelson's 3.57kW Solar array is good for ~13,000 miles a year in his Roadster

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Dr. Sherwood really made a good point about how his Leaf didn’t change his driving habits as much as it made him aware of them. (did you check the plate? UHAV GAS)

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Mr. Totolos's 5.5kW Solar array is good for ~20,000 miles a year in his Volt

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Micah's speech on E-bikes was perfect.

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car





EV FATE

As fate would have it, a monumental EV road trip sponsored by Men’s Health Magazine and Ford was ongoing simultaneously, and of course they were passing through Pittsburgh the same night as the EV event. We got to meet; Eric Adams, Men’s Health Senior Editor, Coleman Ruiz, a Navy Seal Commander, and Tanner Foust, Top Gear Host and all around bad ass driver. These three and their wisdom from the road was really great to hear. Eric’s points about slowing down the trip and enjoying the journey were stated quite eloquently and made me ready for an EV road trip too. He explained how at this point in the game, it’s about social networking and real networking, with people who offer up their chargers and outlets, and even couches to hang while you wait for a charge. He envisions a highly interconnected charging network coming down the pipe, but really brought to my attention the interesting times we’re in right now for EV charging.

Meeting Tanner who’s driven just about everything as fast and hard as possible made for interesting conversation on EVs. His view is that it’s not about MPG equivalencies or efficiency issues to get the public to go for EVs as much as a performance issue that swings one’s emotions and makes the final sale. Pushing the limits is what gets things rolling. It makes the quote I heard in the Isle of Man TT Electric Bike race come to mind, about as soon as the electric bikes start to consistently beat the petrol bikes, everyone will be on board because they’ll want to be the fastest. (which is happening right now)


Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

These guys got to check out 1 of 12 remaining EV1's the next day at the Ohio State Center for Automotive Research

Revenge of The Electric Car

ALL POSITIVE VIBES

The overall vibe of the event was great. Being a solar guy and meeting a half dozen solar owners ready to buy electric cars felt amazing. Over 100 people turned out to see what electric cars had to offer, and I didn’t meet anyone disappointed. Sometimes it takes an event like this to get a feel for how many people are actually paying attention and that reconfirmation of knowing there are plenty of Pittsburghers on the ball felt great!




TWO WEEKS WITH A TESLA

Having the car of your dreams on loan was quite an experience. It was an even more incredible feeling knowing that each top off charge of the Tesla was mostly from solar power. It was amazing to see the different reactions of people to the car as well. Some people wouldn’t even know what they were looking at, nor understand what it meant when you told them it was an electric car. You really had to walk them through the whole “no engine, no gas” thing which surprised me. Although there were plenty of people (grown men actually) who came across the vehicle shouting a Tesla! a Tesla! with the joy of a small child. Out of the few test rides I gave, no one could help from smiling and letting out a giggle, laugh, or yell. The sensation of the Tesla taking off is unlike any other vehicle, it literally instantaneously sucks you back into seat and feels awesome. ‘Like a ride at Kennywood’ was the term most often used by passengers. An extremely heartfelt and sincere thank you goes out to Dr. Axelson for sharing this amazing vehicle both with ASR and the public. It really is an excellent education tool!

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car





COLUMBUS OHIO CHARGE STATION PHOTO SHOOT

Yes these photos are silly, but they should exemplify the excitement and importance of public charging stations.

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car

Revenge of The Electric Car





DRIVING ON SUNSHINE

George's son George put together this amazing film! You should watch it when you have time. Then you should buy solar panels and electric vehicles. It's as cool as it gets!