May 2016 Newsletter

Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada (EAANN)

WHAT: Social / Officer Elections 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Sport Haus Reno, 9732 S Virginia St, Reno, NV (Click here for map)

WHY: Social and officer elections

Social: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Future of the EAANN and leadership discussion: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Officer elections: 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Hi EVeryone!

It's been well over a year since the Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada (EAANN) has met.

So once again we're trying to find a couple of folks willing to takeover leadership of the group.

Typically, the minimum requirements for organizing the EAANN are conducting two events each year: Earth Day and National Drive Electric Week, and organizing the occasional meeting / social so local EVers, and the EV curious, can get together and swap stories.

There's already a willing volunteer handling the website and social media--but she can't do it all alone. 

With two or three more people we should be able to get the EAANN up and running again--and just in time to start planning National Drive Electric Week, September 10-18, 2016. (You only need to organize a NDEW event on one day, not for the entire week--whew!)

Really, it seems odd there's no active EV group in Northern Nevada given the Tesla Motors' Gigafactory is located here.

So whether you're interested in helping organize the group or not, I hope to see you at the next meeting. It will be fun to catch up with everyone!

Full batteries all!

Bob Tregilus
Acting Chair



EAANN member, Robbin Palmer, is looking for a used, "well-loved" EV. If you know of one for sale, please email her.

Action Item!
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) has done a lot of great work (ex. 1, 2, 3) promoting EV adoption in Nevada and elsewhere in the SW United States. On Monday, May 16th at 9:00 a.m., at the Nevada Legislature (401 S. Carson Street, Room 2134, Carson City), the Governor's New Energy Industry Task Force will meet. SWEEP is asking: "If anyone has time, we could sure use pro-EV statements at our Clean Energy Committee meeting coming up this Monday. Go to the Agenda ... Public comments (3 minutes) are taken before and after [the meeting]."

In the meanwhile, peruses this handy SWEEP produced EV and PV Power Purchase Handbook, Economic and Air Quality Benefits of Electric Vehicles in Nevada 


Workplace Charging Challenge
The Workplace Charging Challenge enlists stakeholder organizations as ambassadors to promote and support workplace charging. Ambassadors, including Clean Cities coalitions across the country, are organizations that are knowledgeable about local incentives, best practices for workplace charging, and other aspects of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) community readiness. Challenge partners can benefit from working with ambassadors in their region to promote PEVs and workplace charging. 
There's more ...

Tahoe-Truckee Regional Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Project
Electric vehicle readiness is on its way to the Tahoe-Truckee Region. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District, a consultant team, and a Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council have partnered to accelerate transportation electrification in the Tahoe-Truckee Region.
There's more here ...


Inside the Gigafactory That Will Decide Tesla’s Fate
To get to Tesla's Gigafactory, you drive east from Reno, Nevada, turn into a sprawling industrial center, and make a left on Electric Avenue. The high desert landscape dwarfs everything, even the vast white building with the red stripe along the top. As you reach the gate with the security guard, the breadth of Tesla's ambitions becomes clear. Even the name itself suggests more to come: Gigafactory 1. [Article includes some really great photos. Ed.]
There's more here ...

Tesla Model 3: Will it Be a Good Family Car?
We knew the Tesla Model 3 would make a splash when it was introduced. Pretty much every Tesla has. But when nearly 400,000 people plunked down a refundable $1,000 to reserve one, we were surprised. "100,000 would have been an impressive number," Elon Musk said. "Now, with some 400,000 preorders, the number is almost unbelievable. … The Model 3 was probably the real wake-up call for the rest of the industry." Those preorders account for $400 million Tesla didn't have a month ago. This is serious interest. At Motor Trend HQ we wonder how many of those possible future Tesla owners might be families (or starting families), which led us to ask whether the Model 3 is the family-friendliest EV soon to be on sale. In terms of features and ownership intangibles, the Model 3 makes a compelling purchase case as a family-friendly EV.

There's more here ...


As World Races Toward Mass Electric Car Adoption, Analyst Says GM Will Sell 30k-80k Chevy Bolt EVs in First Year
If there's one thing that we've learned in the past two months about electric cars, it's that there has been a dramatic and noticeable shift in attitudes towards cars that run on electricity rather than gasoline. From the unexpected, unprecedented numbers of people putting their name down to buy a Tesla Model 3 electric car to the way in which the alluring, if fake, Chevrolet Jolt EV website gained social media notoriety just a few hours after going live, something is blatantly clear.

Read more about it here ...


EV charging research at the University of Washington
[Some of you may have participated in this prof's survey ~1.5yrs-ago. Ed.]
Don MacKenzie is an assistant professor of transportation engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. In this Hangout On Air, he will discuss some recent research results relating to the charging behavior of plug-in vehicle owners. Members of the Electric Auto Association (EAA) contributed to this research by completing a survey on their charging preferences, and this Hangout is a chance for EAA members and other interested members of the public to see what we have learned from their responses. [~30 minute video. Ed.]

Why not join the National Electric Auto Association (EAA)?
If you like what you see, please show your support by becoming an EAA member. Your membership will support our volunteer efforts to keep the public aware of EVs as a clean, easy, and fun transportation option. EAA Members regularly receive the national EAA newsletter Current EVents. (It's a real newsletter unlike this one!)