Saturday, June 11th 2011 Monthly Meeting

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Monthly NTEAA Meeting

Date : Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Time : 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location : REI / Bankston Nissan

Address : 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas, TX 75244 Map It

Website : http://www.rei.com/stores/45

Website : http://www.bankstonnissan.com/

Website : https://www.evgonetwork.com/

 

The Future of Transportation


Our June meeting was held at REI with the North Texas Renewable Energy Group. We also had our first Leaf reunion at Bankston Nissan, which is just down the street from REI. This helped to bring out one of the biggest groups we have had in some time. A show of hands had our group evenly split on those who came for NTREG and NTEAA.  Thanks to NTREG for inviting us, and for hosting the REI meeting.

Ron Swanson and Neal Farris presented the program “ Future of Transportation”. This presentation was originally created by member Paul Shaffer. Ron and Neal gave the same presentation at the Living Green event in Plano. This audience was very eager to hear the facts and information about different electric vehicles past, present and future.   Ron has posted this program on the website if anyone would like to have a copy (of course it does not include the informational and humorous ranting of Ron and yours truly).

The real party started when we moved from REI to Bankston Nissan to see the Leafs and other conversion cars that were on display. By the end of the day we had 5 Leafs, Jared’s Fiero, Mike’s plug-in Prius and Mark’s NMG.

The guys and gals at Bankston were great host. A very special thanks goes to Caroline Finley at Bankston for helping to arranging the event.  They gave us upfront parking by the charge stations and even had a catered lunch for all who came. Lots of new faces were there as well as half a dozen folks who are expecting their new Leafs to arrive soon.

Jason Buckland was there from EVGO to help answer questions and lend support for those who had questions about vehicle charging and cost. He also supplied much needed shade from the summer sun with his new EVGO tent!

The Leafs included Neal’s red SL, Paul’s white SV, and Ron’s White SL ETEC with the quick charge port. We had another red and a late arrival of a blue. The ocean blue was driven my new member Jim Hosch. He had just taken delivery that week.

I had more people to talk to than I could handle, thank goodness we had 4 cars there for everyone to see. It was great to feel the excitement of the soon to be owners finally getting to have a hands on with the Leaf. Of course seeing the other conversions there gave them an opportunity to see from where these cars have come and the complex features hidden by a production car.

This was one of those events that made me feel we had “taken it to the street” and spent some time with a great group of real people that are interested in alternative transportation and the possibilities that it holds for all of us. Once that everyone sees that EVs are not some type of experimental vehicle and realize that these cars are viable, we will see many new converts. I am surprised myself how great the Leaf has been to drive, as nice, if not nicer, than any car I have driven.

Now if my wife would just let me drive the darn thing!

Author Neal F.

 

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