In line I passed the "Ride & Drives" area as they were
bringing in the vehicles for that activity.
The man himself Robert Llewellyn, lead the Electrify
America Keynote, "Transforming the Future of EV Charging" .
Since I found a seat front and center, Robert was nearby for photos.
Robert was the Host of this session
and had some early remarks. He recognized the recent death of
Queen Elizabeth II and the advent of Charles II to kingship. He
said Charles had been prioritized for riding around in a Jaguar sedan
since he claimed to support trying to move from fossil fuel to
electric, but in fact the Jaguar sedan had been converted to
electric. Robert said he had been to the US before when he filmed
"Junkyard Wars" in California for 5 years. He added that this is
the Second Generation of electric cars in America because in 1907 there
were electric taxis in New York City. He then introduced the
Keynote Speaker (I presume because they were the main partner for this
show) Robert Barrosa of Electrify
You may remember that Electrify America is the result of the
multi-million dollar fine placed on VW for knowingly cheating on smog
tests. The fine was for millions to be used to install electric
vehicle chargers around America. This resulted in the question
"Who will maintain these chargers after being installed?
In case you were wondering,
Electrify America, and a few other limited systems, is where all EVs
except Teslas need to charge. BTW Tesla has the largest network
of "Superchargers" in America just for Tesla vehicles. Electrify
America is not compatable with Teslas and the only adapter available is
made in Korea and not sold in the US, so this is not an alternative for
Teslas as they would like you to believe. There will, however, be
a big demand for Electrify America chargers as all the other
manufacturers produce cars and owners try to take them on long trips.
As you can see, the slowest connection is CHAdeMO at up to 50 kW, next
is CCS at 150 kW, and CCS at 350 kW. Does the EV you are looking
at use CHAdeMO or CCS?
Rob mentioned that new stations will have canopys and lounges
Their new San Bernardino County solar array will help them be 100%
renewable energy at their charging stations
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Before the second session, I went to the location of an electric CANOO Lifestyle Vehicle
we had seen on Imperial Highway in Yorba Linda, CA, a few weeks ago and
had discovered it was being manufactured in Torrance, CA. As it
turned out, it was just a vehicle with no one to answer
questions. I was able to take some photos for size indication,
since, if we purchase one, it will replace our minivan.
Yours truly at 6'1" on the left and the fellow who took my photo and
has GOEV stock and an order on one is on the right.
Left, under the windshield wipers is a glass section for close, front
view from inside. That glass section's view from inside on the
There is no screen as in a Tesla, and this seems to be the only dash
information [sorry for the bad image, but I could only shoot through
the closed window].
Looking down on driver's compartment through the windshield from both
sides. No dash cover since no motor or steering mechanism to
cover, thus you can see out through where the grill would be on a gas
Left, far back seats. Right center section with one fold down
seat on the side door. Back of front seats on the right.
View through back window looking forward over lounge seating.
View down into back lounge seating
with a seat on each side door.
Back 3 seats, fabric on this model. Right, open floor for the
feet of those seated, or storage. About the panels on the doors -
part of air purification:
Back View - note seats all the way to the back, can be folded down
More photos and information at their site: https://www.canoo.com/canoo
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California -- is it leading from the front?
Robert Llewellyn hosted this panel.
Chelsea Sexton, Electric Vehicle Expert.
We need V2G, Vehicle to Grid.
Ellen Heip, GEVA
Ellen said the largest battery storage in the world is going to be
at Moss Landing.
[The full story at: https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-moss-landing-megapack-battery-latest-updates-incidents/
Because of high prices of EVs today, China is the leading EV importer
in the Netherlands because their cars are less expensive.
Hannon Rasool, California Energy Comission
In the current year's legislation
budget funding for EVs is $10 billion in state and 7.5 billion in
federal funding including funding for electric buses. Fifty
percent is for low income and rural communities. Also is the fact
that there will be no California gas vehicles sold after 2035 and by
2045 all trucks on our roads will be electric. Batteries are
being added as well as off shore wind turbines.
April Bolduc, Electric Vehicle Association
The EV Assoc. is trying to benefit
everyone. Even inexpensive EVs have torque. Transportation
is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases. We are now asked
to not plug in and charge our EVs from 4 pm to 9 pm, but eventually we
will be urged to plug in our EVs then as Remote Resources. Car
Sharing is the ultimate goal. Electric buses in San Diego this
year are liked by the drivers because they are smoother, better for
students, quieter, and are better air for students waiting for the bus.
Will America take Tesla to its heart?
Ricky Roy, above, of Fully Charged asked the discussion questions.
Rodger Atkins, EV Outlook
Why is Tesla not popular: It is not so much Tesla haters as Elon
Musk haters plus Tesla is not union and the legacy auto makers don't
like being beaten at their own game. Tesla is the best selling
Brian White, MyTeslaWeekend
How many bought a Tesla from driving? [Me included after driving
Steve Grande's Tesla S]
He had a booth here as well:
His Youtube space: https://www.youtube.com/c/MyTeslaWeekend
Lars Strandridder, BestInTesla
Best thing about Tesla - you can actually get one. Tesla has
locked up mining of its needed minerals for 5 years. Tesla is the
underdog story hero.
Gabe Ets-Hokin, Contributor to TheRideShareGuy.com
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Do we have enough clean energy to electrify everything?
James Richmond, Sunwater Marine, asked the discussion
Questions. Karin Burns, San Diego Community Power, was on the
Karin: Changing to renewal energy is like changing your
diet. When you install solar, pair batteries in the job.
V2G should be V2E E=Everything
Ted Flanigan, Ecomotion
There are one million
residential installations of "distributed resources".
Unfortunately, Utilities are becoming against Net Metering. There
is currently a 30% tax credit for Solar, and 30% tax credit for
no-profits who could not get it earlier. He is a
big proponent of wind power generation. He referenced off shore
wind projects in Humboldt and Morro Bay that are in less than60 ft.
deep water that can be anchored to the earth below. New Floaters
can be put in indefinite water's depth. And wind power is better
than solar - it does not depend on the sun.
April Bolduc, Electric Vehicle Association
April mentioned, in this second
panel, that San Diego School System has 300 electric school
buses. Old-time drivers didn't want to use them, but now they
battle for them. April mentioned that school buses are perfect
for V2G since they sit unused while kids are in school and are not used
again until school is out, thus being available for supplementing the
grid during mid day. [I don't know when they would recharge to take the
kids home in this scenario.]
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Vendors and Booths
It wasn't hard to realize that Electrify America was a partner in this
Aptera was a big, big hit since it is made in San Diego and is unique.
There are at least 30 Youtube reports on Aptera at Fully Charged:
Click Here to see the list. The unveiling at
Fully Charged: Click Here
Scorpion EV - use the code on the right to go to their website
Electric Vehicle Association, formerly Electric Auto Association, had a
booth as well.
One of the values of an Association is that they have information on
ALL EVs available. Above is a sheet they passed out, but the
online version is more comprehensive at:
Enter your ZIP Code and find out which electric cars are available in
your area by cash, or lease.
On the back of their handout is information on charging electric
vehicles at home and Tesla DC Fast Charging on the road.
EVA also provided this information on EV Charging Incentives
I had not heard of Miss Go Electric - https://www.youtube.com/c/MissGoElectric
The gray material on this Spira4u is soft.
Kyle Conner, my favorite Youtuber about EVs, was there and I was able
to tell him how much I enjoy his "Out of Spec" videos, especially his
evaluation of different charging sites.
As I walked up to him (with my Tesla gear as shown in the top photo of
me in this report), he said, "Why don't you buy a Tesla?!"
The Youtube site he reports for: https://www.youtube.com/c/OutofSpecMotoring/featured
The Ride&Drive vehicles were returning as I walked back to my Tesla
3 and Autopilot drive 2 hours north on I-5 to home.