July 2014 Meeting

Rally2011_GoEVjpg   What: Discussion of the 2014 National Drive Electric Week Rally Where:  3000 Hanover St, Palo Alto, CA When:  July 19th 2014 10 AM to Noon The Rally!
  • Guinness World Record Attempt
  • Experience Electric Ride and Drive
  • Moveable Feast Food Trucks
  • Awards
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Green Tech Toolbar: Solar & EV Technologies for Your Home & Our Planet [Cupertino]

Green Tech Toolbar The City of Cupertino is hosting a solar/EV workshop  “ Green Tech Toolbar: Solar & EV Technologies for Your Home & Our Planet” at 6PM this Thursday, June 12 for residents as part of their Sustainability Showcase Series coordinated in partnership with the Cupertino Library. Regional experts will be present to describe technologies to green your power source, commute, and your home’s “curb appeal." As part of this event, the City would like to have some EVs available for display in the parking lot of the Community Center and City Hall [10300 Torre Avenue, Cupertino]. We are working on securing a designated area for EV parking, which will likely by the spaces near the fence that borders the creek (permit parking for staff). When:
  • Jun 12, 2014  6 PM
  • Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014
For questions, you can email Kim Kinoshita or Erin Cooke, Sustainability Manager City of Cupertino. If you plan to attend and display your EV, please email me so we can have an estimate of the number of spaces needed. Also, please arrive before 5:45 PM so there is sufficient time to park the vehicles in the designated area.
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Silicon Valley S.T.E.A.M. Festival and Hot San Jose Nights 2014

Hot San Jose Nights

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Silicon Valley STEAM Festival in conjunction with the 6th Annual Hot San Jose Nights will be held at the Reid-Hillview Airport.  And we will have a booth there. Here's the info you're probably asking yourself about right now. When:
  • July 12, 2014  10 AM - 4 PM
  • San Jose Reid Hillview Airport - 2500 Cunningham Ave, San Jose (across from Raging Waters and Eastridge Mall)
  • AIRCRAFT AIRCRAFT AIRCRAFT!!!  Dozens of historic & exotic aircraft, warbirds, helicopters, you name it, will be on display. .
  • CARS CARS CARS!!!  Hundreds of show cars are expected to join us from  Hot San Jose Nights
  • All that with our long-running S.T.E.A.M. emphasis means a HUGE brand new festival!
Photos from last years' event: http://www.svsteamfest.com/photos.htm Video of Mike Hennessey:
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Motiv – Redefining Transportation: Electrifying Trucks & Buses

MotivPowerSystems On June 6th 2014, Jim Castelaz of Motiv Power Systems will be giving a presentation called "Redefining Transpiration; Electrifying Trucks & Buses".  The presentation is put on by the EcoGreen Group and is part of the Silicon Valley Clean Tech Speaker Series.   Trucks and buses are critical parts of our transportation infrastructure; moving people, products, materials, and even our garbage.   Imagine a world where local delivery trucks and buses no longer spew diesel exhaust or fill their tanks with fossil fuel.  Motiv makes this possible, driving the change to electrified trucks and buses.  Come learn how this local start-up company’s innovative strategy and products make this possible.  What are the challenges, trends and future of electric trucks and buses?   Why is this segment poised to make a huge impact in our global fossil fuel dependence?  How will this change fundamentally alter our capability to move goods and people?  Come meet the founder and CEO of Motiv Power Systems and learn how Motiv is changing this oft-forgotten industry.  
Date: Thursday, June  5, 2014
Agenda: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  Check-in, Networking & Light Refreshments7:00 pm - 8:30 pm  Presentation and Q&A
Venue: NOTE NEW VENUEMerrill Lynch                                            (for questions email: events@ecogg.org)333 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park CA 94025                                   (Click for map) From Highway US 101 Take Willow Road WEST (Exit 404B)
Registration: NOTE:  ADVANCE  TICKET $10 OR $15 AT THE DOORhttp://svctss20140605.eventbrite.com/**** SEATING IS LIMITED - RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! ****
  Jim Castelaz_02Jim Castelaz, Motiv Power Systems CEO and founder, sets the vision and strategy for the future of electric trucks. Prior to founding Motiv in 2009, Jim was Chief Architect at an EV start-up focused on designing electric buses for the Chinese market. Previously, Jim worked on MEMS for power electronics and solar applications at Stanford.  He also developed an electric motorcycle, solid state transformers for the power distribution grid with Southern California Edison, and various other embedded systems.  Jim holds an MSEE from Stanford University, is on sabbatical from his PhD program and has a BS in Engineering and Economics from Harvey Mudd College.
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Ride and Drive 2014 at Google HQ

TheBetterRide Members of the SF Bay Leafs club and I were invited to help out at a Ride & Drive event at Google HQ in Mountain View.  The event was put on by the Center for Sustainable Energy and Plug-in America.  It is the belief of these good people that the best way to garner more interest in electric vehicles is to offer rides and drives.  I couldn't agree more. Check out this video montage of what happened.
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June 2014 Meeting

SJSU Solar ATNSlingshotPower_02 When: June 21, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM Where:  3000 Hanover St, Palo Alto, CA 94304 Speakers for the June 2014 Meeting Rishi Narain of Slingshot Power & Ron Swenson of San Jose State University's Solar ATN Project http://www.gofundme.com/7bn12s
Our SJSU students are raising money to build a full scale model of a 16 foot long section (guideway, supports, cabin, solar array, controls, etc.) of a solar-powered, podcar automated transportation network (ATN) for the Maker Faire in mid-May (May 17th and 18th).  Any money left over will go towards the building of a full scale, operational test track starting in the Fall semester (new academic year).
Please do what you can to help us.  Please also share this website link with all of your fellow EAASV members, everyone in your professional network, and with anyone else who you think might be interested.  Thank you.
The YouTube link to the Uppsala Solar Skyways video is below.  It is a very good, animated portrayal of our Solar ATN concept.  Please feel free to share it with anyone you would like.
By developing and implementing Solar ATNs, we will reduce traffic accidents and traffic congestion, decrease the emission of greenhouse gases and air pollution, and diminish dependence upon fossil fuels.  Additional benefits include increased employee productivity and reduced stress due to less time spent in traffic jams.  The development and implementation of Solar ATNs will also create a myriad of new green jobs in a new, burgeoning green industry.
In case you can't make it to our event, you can always see it live on YouTube or later on our Video page
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Santa Clara Earth Day 2014

Santa Clara Earth Day 2014_02 We had a wonderful day at the Santa Clara Earth Day this year.  Although the weather did bring a great deal of rain, it was appreciated.    Three EAASV members brought their cars to the event.  We had one Smart ED and two Think City Cars.  Hundreds of children had the chance to see and learn about our electric cars.
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KickGas the Movie

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KickGas the Movie at EAASV

This last weekend the EAASV club members had the pleasure of joining with Terry Hershner and Rachel McCarthy to take a group photo for KickGas the Movie.  McCarthy spoke to the members about her 44 day journey across the U.S. on an electric scooter.  You can check out this amazing movie at http://kickgas.tv/  and help out the crew by making a donation. Check out the trailer:
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May 2014 Meeting


May 2014 Meeting

When: July 21, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM Where:  3000 Hanover St, Palo Alto, CA 94304 Guest Speaker(s):
Sven Thesen with his "Amped on Residential Curbside Charging, or How I Learned to Love My City Officials" and "Innovations in EV Charging Technology, Spotlight on EverCharge.net".  (30 minutes)
And Vanessa Warheit who will be presenting the movie that she is producing "Worse Than Poop", a short, funny, animated video for kids about climate change and CO2 pollution created by gas-burning cars.  She is hosting a Kickstarter campaign to support the film. (15 minutes) Then in the third half of the meeting we will hear from Curtis Tongue of OhmConnect. OhmConnect reviews demand response technology and why it's important to California's smart grid.  And integrates EVs into a network of virtual power plants to generate additional capacity to displace dirty power plants.  (45 minutes)  
Please note that the May Meeting will be the first that will be Live Streamed and Archived on YouTube.  There will be a page dedicated to the live stream and archives of the meetings.
Also, check out the new website and Forums http://eaasv.org/forums   Date: May 17th 2014 Time: 10 AM - Noon Location: 3000 Hanover St, Palo Alto, CA 94304
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Electric Vehicles Wiki Needs Your Help

electric vehicles wiki Greetings Members and Friends. Back in 2008, when I joined the Electric Auto Association, I was very enthusiastic about EVs.  It was at that time working for Maxim Integrated Products and one of my major tasks was working on the internal engineering Wikipedia service. It was a momentous task and involved at least 50% of my time. As the Wikipedia service was on my mind often, it struck me as an obvious move to do the same for the Electric Auto Association as well. And so in June of 2008, I began work on the Electric Vehicles Wiki which you can find at http://ev.wikia.com You may well be aware of Wikipedia.org and may use it, but do you write for it? Did you know that you could write for it? You can and if you feel that something in Wikipedia.org is incorrect, you should create an account and make changes (especially if the article is about you). If you participate in authoring, you will be scrutinized by the other Wiki Authors, and no less would be the case for the EV Wikia site. However, the EV Wikia has far fewer authors at the moment which would give you greater leeway. Currently there are 65 articles on the EV Wikia site, most of which are only half-completed. But there is a great deal of need for more knowledgeable contributors. Therefore I implore you that you consider authoring, or at the very least updating the information. Many of the articles are out of date. We can help to keep the public informed about electric vehicles and the information surrounding them, through this site. Rather than generating countless individual sets of information across many other websites. You can also find the link on the Menu for the EAASV.org Electric Vehicles Wiki
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