Today was the first club meetup for the new year. We had it at a new venue this time: the Tesla Merritt Island service center. Every make and model is always welcome to our club and meetups. We had a Ford Mustang Mach-E, two Chevy Bolts, a Mitsubishi Outlander plug in hybrid, and all 4 models of Tesla: Model S, 3, X, Y. There were even a couple of electric bicycles that dropped in! Everyone got to see the new steering wheel in one of the Model S called the yoke. It looks like the yoke you would see in an airplane and allows perfect view of the instrument cluster. Some like it and some people don’t. After driving with it for a while most people change their minds and become used to it and turn out to love it. Several non EV drivers showed up to have their questions answered to help them shop around for their next car. Everyone determined the next month meet up for February would be at the same place. So watch our upcoming events page to get the day and time.
We met this month at the Crafty Crab at Hammock Landing and went over everything needed to get ready for National Drive Electric Week. The main idea is we are in SERIOUS PUSH MODE for getting the word out. Tell everyone you know to sign up to attend at our official event page here: https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1235
We also printed some flyers for everyone to hand out at every place you visit and also ask if you can hang them up. You can download and print the flyer from here if you want to print a few of them yourself to help get the word out:
Next, two of our members will record the radio spot at WFIT to play the two weeks before the event. So look for a post about that in our September monthly meetup post.
We also talked about setting up a weekly meeting every Thursday for the planning of NDEW. This will be a meeting to make sure tasks are getting taken care of and we are all on the same page.
We had a visitor join us with questions about getting their very first car – and to get the best deal on an electric one! The advice was to go to cars.com or carvana and search for used EVs with the search terms to get the newest car within your budget to get the most bells and whistles. The battery tech is evolving with every update such as the 2016 Chevy Volt and 2018 Nissan Leaf so that’s important to research. It’s also good to measure your daily drive to see how much range you need to cover your driving habits. A plug in hybrid is always a good choice since it can use gasoline if the battery ever runs out for those that just can’t get over their range anxiety. We can tell you that range anxiety isn’t a real thing since everyone in our club that drives a pure electric car never worries about their range except in very rare cases.
One of our members finally remembered to take a picture of the Tesla Supercharger voltage/electric info label for the actual voltage/amps rating. It’s 410 volts and 270 amps. That’s a lot of juice! No wonder the Superchargers are the fastest chargers out there today.
This month we came back to the bistro/cafe inside the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach. We like to show them how much extra business the free charging stations they have in their parking lot attracts by having some of our meetings there. That’s one of the main ideas behind our monthly meetups. Not only do we get to meet any new members and talk electric vehicle tech, we also get to show local businesses the growing number of electric vehicles that are waiting to charge up while parked and spend money at their business. Each month we meet at a different location with charging stations so contact us to get added to the email list or check our upcoming events page. Not only will installing a charging station at your business attract extra EV-driving customers, but it will also increase the time we stay there. This normally turns into extra sales or in the case of a restaurant, a dessert or extra coffee. Read more about the different types of charging stations and reasons to install them at your business on our charging station info page.
We are starting our planning for this year’s National Drive Electric Week event in Satellite Beach so make sure to register to attend or volunteer to help and most of all tell your friends! We are going to try to get well over 50 electric vehicles this year or as close to 100 as possible. We have almost 100 EVs just in our group alone! As of this last meeting, here’s our membership numbers:
We had our March 2018 meetup at the old Moon Hut in Cape Canaveral, now called La Fiesta. Real astronauts ate here! We had a special guest from the city of Cape Canaveral join us and talk about all the new charging stations installed by the city. We asked how they got the city to install the FREE to use charging stations instead of the more expensive to purchase and operate ones that require you to swipe an RFID card to pay. He explained that the city understands that by giving away the 50 cents or a few bucks of electricity they will bring many times that in economic bonuses since EV owners will visit the local shops and restaurants while they wait for their car to charge. We urged the city to spread word to every other city as that is the way to go! We all agreed that we will all be spending more time in Cape Canaveral because of those free chargers. He said that we could talk to other cities and send them their way and they would explain it all to them. So if you’re listening, Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Palm Bay, and every other city out there – talk to Cape Canaveral! We have over 100 members now and growing every month. These electric vehicles are the way of the future so it would help to get started now instead of waiting to catch up with your charging infrastructure! You can use our Charging Station Info page on our website to help answer most of your questions. You can also contact us and use us as a resource to help answer all of your questions about driving electric. We do it every day and love it!