According to Gary Graunke, President of OEVA:
“The Oregon Electric Vehicle Association (OEVA) is a non-profit association of electric vehicle enthusiasts. We promote electric vehicle education and encourage their safe construction and use. We are part of the Multnomah Hot Rod Council and a chapter of the Electric Auto Association.”
“We used to be primarily a group of hobbyists that assisted each other in building our own electric cars, trucks, boats, etc. Many of the early members, such as John Wayland, were drag racers. Andy Grove once called groups like ours the equivalent of the Homebrew Computer Club that preceded the IBM PC in personal computers. We encouraged automakers to sell electric vehicles in Oregon, and worked with ODOT and WASHDOT to deploy fast charge stations throughout the Pacific Northwest. (We were listed as collaborators on the Federal Highway Administration’s Climate and Environment Award to those organizations). ”
Leah was invited by Gary Graunke and Peter Hoeckel, OEVA board member. The talk described how making the transition to an all-electric, all renewable society by the year 2050 is necessary, practical, and achievable. An energy infrastructure powered by the sun and wind & running on electricity, for all our energy needs, will be reliable, cleaner, safer, and CHEAPER. It will be superior to the system we have today and will lead to a better future. The talk also explored how the electric vehicle is an amazing resource for the business, utility, our cities and states, and the regular person.
Indeed, the EV is fun to drive, convenient, and an essential part of a healthier and more stable energy future.
Click here for two recent blogs relating to this talk:
Utilities and Electric Vehicles: An all-electric match made in heaven