In the hopes of reinvigorating my EV juices (having taken some time off to mourn the loss of a very close and important person in my life) I thought a road trip was in order!
Enjoyed carpooling with my new friends from our newly hatched Ventura EV club... Roy Prince and Russell Sydney (and his beautiful Cheve Volt).
A lot of big-money representation from the major EV players, utilities and charger makers but I was happy to talk with city pedestrian and bike administrators, junior college engineering students designing alt-pedal and alt-electric contraptions, e-bike people and many others who are also interested in shaping a better future for our cities and towns (and the world for that matter). Maybe next year I'll help them organize a bigger DIY presence.
Was also happy to witness the very first unveil of Mark Brems yellow 914 e-Porsche!
|On the way to Santa Monica driving through Malibu using electrons... does it get better than this?|
|I enjoyed meeting Richard Goodman and his handmade bamboo skateboards. I TOLD my kids they should have come. IMO a better future involves more human power and less locomotion by incinerating oil. Most awesome boards I have ever seen: www.lagunabamboo.com|
|The Eflow bikes were pretty trick too: http://www.eflowebike.com/ The battery was designed in to the seat post. This one features a HUB motor.|
|This awesome recumbent prototype was produced by the smart people at East Los Angeles College. It has a long chain to a single drive-wheel in the back. Brian Vazquez tells me that they are raising funds to compete in the SHELL sponsored competition next year. Roy spent quite a bit of time with these folks... he's a bike man! See his site: www.RPEV.org|
|Then it was outside... here at the "Firefly" booth. Ug, probably good engineering but Steve Jobs would have passed a cow. I'm sorry but what an ugly abomination. http://fireflyesv.com/features/ Bad aesthetics spells doom for anything folks. Spend a few dollar$ with a smart kid from Pasadena Art Center.|
|But the most fun for we "scratch built" peeps was seeing in flesh-blood-lithium and copper was Mark Brems and his newly re-minted Porsche e914. AWESOME MARK. What can I say... the new standard in DIY e-building!|