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National Drive Electric Week Events in Reno and Las Vegas

01 Sep

National Drive Electric Week, staged from September 10-18 this year, is an annual event that has attempted to link up over 200 international cities to celebrate the electric car, while also performing educational outreach events to people who had never driven or ridden in an electric car before:

https://driveelectricweek.org/index.php

Local Nevada gatherings were staged in the cities of Las Vegas and Reno.

Tesla Motors Model X presented by owner Rufus Perry, Sr. during Las Vegas NDEW event at Springs Preserve.

Tesla Motors Model X presented by owner Rufus Perry, Sr. during Las Vegas NDEW event at Springs Preserve.

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

Jane Feldman of Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter and Jennifer Taylor of Clean Energy Project provided information about their non-profit organizations during National Drive Electric Week in Las Vegas.  Other sponsors included Nissan, NV Energy, ClipperCreek, Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, Las Vegas Tesla Owners, NEVA, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, SolarNV, Verdek, and DC Solar.

Jane Feldman of Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter and Jennifer Taylor of Clean Energy Project provided information about their non-profit organizations during National Drive Electric Week in Las Vegas. Other sponsors included Nissan, NV Energy, ClipperCreek, Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, Las Vegas Tesla Owners, NEVA, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, SolarNV, Verdek, and DC Solar.

The Las Vegas Springs Preserve was the southern Nevada site for the annual National Drive Electric Week gathering on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 10 AM to 2 PM:

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=590

1987 Aztec kit car EV conversion on a Volkswagen Bug chassis displayed by Evan Eskelson, VP of Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association

1987 Aztec kit car EV conversion on a Volkswagen Bug chassis displayed by Evan Eskelson, VP of Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association

The event was staged in the museum parking lot under an array of photovoltaic solar panels that automatically track the sun. Two ChargePoint stations with four SAE J1772 AC Level 2 ports are available to recharge visiting electric vehicles at no cost.

DC Solar provided a trailer with photovoltaic solar panels that powered a ChargePoint CT4020 station with two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 ports. Lithium-ion battery  and gasoline generator systems inside the trailer also provided supplemental power to the solar panels when required.

DC Solar provided a trailer with photovoltaic solar panels that powered a ChargePoint CT4020 station with two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 ports. Lithium-ion battery and gasoline generator systems inside the trailer also provided supplemental power to the solar panels when required.

An additional portable ChargePoint station trailer with photovoltaic solar panels and battery backup system was provided by DC Solar, in conjunction with sponsor Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The CT4020 station also had two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 ports. A lithium-ion battery pack and gasoline generator were also mounted inside the trailer to provide supplemental energy support to the solar panels.

A vintage 1981 Jet Electrica electric car was displayed by Jim Katzen of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association next to the 1987 Aztec kit car conversion

A vintage 1981 Jet Electrica electric car was displayed by Jim Katzen of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association next to the 1987 Aztec kit car conversion

This year’s event was sponsored by the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, a local chapter of the international Electric Auto Association, with support from the Toiyabe chapter of the Sierra Club, the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) program from REA250.org, Las Vegas Tesla Owners, Clean Energy Project, SolarNV, Verdek, ClipperCreek, NV Energy, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, DC Solar and Nissan.

Four Nissan LEAFs charge up from SAE J1772 plugs at two ChargePoint stations powered by sunlight from photovoltaic solar panels that track the sun during the day.

Four Nissan LEAFs charge up from SAE J1772 plugs at two ChargePoint stations powered by sunlight from photovoltaic solar panels that track the sun during the day.

About 30 electric vehicles drove to the event, parked and visited, including Tesla Motors Model X, Model S, and Roadster; about ten Nissan LEAFs, five Chevrolet Volts, a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, a converted 1987 electric Aztec kit car built on a Volkswagen Bug chassis, as well as a vintage 1981 Jet Electrica car, built by Jet Industries in Texas on a Ford Escort chassis.

NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge Station installed at Terrible Herbst service stations  provides 400 Volts DC at 100 amps from either a CHAdeMo or SAE Combo plug.  Cost is $5.95 to connect and 20 cents per minute DC Fast Charge. Payment is made by credit card or NRG eVgo EZCharge card.

NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge Station installed at Terrible Herbst service stations provides 400 Volts DC at 100 amps from either a CHAdeMo or SAE Combo plug. Cost is $5.95 to connect and 20 cents per minute DC Fast Charge. Payment is made by credit card or NRG eVgo EZCharge card.

The third annual Electric Juice Bar Crawl featured a caravan of EVs, who toured and visited public charging sites around town, while giving attendees an opportunity to ride in different models of electric cars. Sites of interest included the Clark County Government Center with a photovoltaic solar parking canopy that provided power from the sun, Las Vegas City Hall parking garage, also powered by rooftop solar panels, Tesla Motors SuperCharger site at Bridger and 8th Streets in downtown Las Vegas, and a DC Fast Charge station with both CHAdeMo and SAE Combo fast charge plug connectors at Terrible’s Chevron Service station on the corner of Bonanza and Martin Luther King Blvd.

CHAdeMo plug from NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge station for Nissan LEAF and other Asian automotive manufacturers

CHAdeMo plug from NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge station for Nissan LEAF and other Asian automotive manufacturers

The price to charge an electric car from the Terrible Herbst convenience store locations in Las Vegas vallsy costs $5.95 to connect and 20 cents per minute. A new Nissan LEAF could refuel its battery pack for a 107-mile range in about 30 minutes, with a cost of about $11 overall. Payment is made by credit card or NRG eVgo EZCharge card.

New Nissan LEAF buyers can request participation in a “No Charge to Charge” program offered by NRG eVgo in partnership with Nissan that provides two years of free DC Fast Charge station access.

SAE Combo (Combined Charging System) from NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge station for EVs manufactured by US and European companies.

SAE Combo (Combined Charging System) from NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge station for EVs manufactured by US and European companies.

ClipperCreek donated a model HCS-40 charging station that was raffled off on behalf of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, to support the non-profit organization’s educational outreach efforts. The model HCS-40 is an SAE J1772 AC Level 2 system, with a maximum output rating of 208 VAC at 32 Amps and requires a 40-Amp circuit breaker for garage installation.

Erik Mason from ClipperCreek answered questions about the company's EVSE product line at company table.

Erik Mason from ClipperCreek answered questions about the company’s EVSE product line at company table.

Jason and Marci Semerau were the raffle winners. Jason and Marci had previously been city captains for National Drive Electric Week events in Laguna Hills, CA before moving to Las Vegas two years ago. Jason led the 3rd annual Electric Juice Bar Crawl caravan, driving his Nissan LEAF.

Erik Mason of ClipperCreek congratulates Jason Semerau on winning an HCS-40 AC Level 2 charging station donated by Erik's company as a raffle prize to benefit the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association eductional outreach efforts.

Erik Mason of ClipperCreek congratulates Jason Semerau on winning an HCS-40 AC Level 2 charging station donated by Erik’s company as a raffle prize to benefit the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association eductional outreach efforts.

Free refreshments and drinks were provided during the event and a good time was had by all.

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On September 15, during a monthly meeting of the SolarNV chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, Tesla Motors Model S owner Bonnie Lemert showcased her home improvement and solarization efforts, as well as her experiences owning a Tesla Motors Model S and integrating all of these technologies into a sustainable lifestyle.

Tesla Motors Model S was presented by owner Bonnie Lemert

Tesla Motors Model S was presented by owner Bonnie Lemert

Reno Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park in Reno was the site for an electric car rally on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 10 AM to 3 PM in the Snowflake Pavilion:

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=767

There were static EV displays and cars available for test drives, as well as food trucks serving refreshments. Organizers of the event partnered with the Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada, a chapter of the Electric Auto Association, and the Clean Cities Coalition.

Some of the electric vehicles on display included a Tesla Motors Roadster, Tesla Motors Model S, Tesla Motors Model X, Nissan LEAF, and a Chevrolet Volt.

Thank you to all the people who attended, shared and learned about the convenience and performance of electric cars available at local dealerships today in Nevada. There are an abundance of EV charging station sites in urban areas, complemented by ongoing development of a Nevada Electric Highway along US Highway 95 that will connect Las Vegas to Reno every 100 miles or so.

Thank you to all the different organizations around the state that have supported the growth of the electric car in Nevada.

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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