Saturday July 9th, 2011 Monthly NTEAA Meeting

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Monthly NTEAA Meeting

Date : Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location : Green Spot Market and Fuels

Address : 702 N. Buckner Blvd., Dallas, TX 75218

All monthly meetings are free to attend and open to the public.

On July 9th  we had the rare opportunity to christen a new pair of Blink charge stations at the Green Spot in East Dallas. This was among 5 new stations that just went on-line in the DFW area from Blink and Ecotality.

Close to White Rock Lake, the Green Spot has been a local pioneer in alternative energy and healthy living. They are one of the few places in town that offers Bio-Diesel. Their store offers healthy snacks, drinks and a variety of locally produced products.

The White Rock Local Market, we attended, is a bi-monthly outdoor event designed to promote local artist and food producers from around the North Texas area.

Dave Aasheim was there from Blink with his Chevy Volt to answer questions about their charging network and the Ecotality EV Project program. The EV Project  is a federal government funding intuitive to create new charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) across the US. You can learn more, suggest charge station locations and sign up for your own Blink network access card at ecotality.com. The Blink system access is currently free.

Norris Lauer brought over his Eclipse and Mike Barkley drove down with the modified plug in Prius. Neal Farris brought his VW Golf to round out the conversions. We had two white Nissan Leafs belonging to members Paul Shaffer and Ron Swanson.

There were lots of really interested people with great questions. Once again the demographic of the East Dallas area makes for an eclectic crowd with many varied interest, including EVs. People are really talking about how an EV would work for them. It is such a refreshing change to hear about where the EV is going rather than wondering when it will get here!

With all the activity at the Green Spot we held our own with individuals and whole families looking at the cars with great interest. There was one family that I saw talking to Norris, I made the comment that the wife and kids could go look at the other things at the Market and the mom said to me that they all wanted to see how an electric car works. Wow!

As always we had a great showing and appreciate the support of the folks at the Green Spot. You can stop by and pick up a charge for free, even if you don’t have a Blink card, the staff will turn on the station. And of course don’t forget to recharge yourself with a drink or snack.

By Neal Farris

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