September may be over soon, but we’d like to re-cap all of the exciting events Central Florida Clean Cities was able to be a part of this month.
Starting on Wed. Sept. 9, Central Florida Clean Cities representatives were invited to attend the Ford Smart Mobility Experience at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. A traveling presentation, Ford’s Smart Mobility Experience provides a sneak peak at Ford’s transportation designs that revolutionize the way we move ourselves in the future. Our favorite was a look at the electric bike concept which combined some of our best-loved features: alternative fuels, multi-modal transport, and a new way for us to travel sustainably.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, we kicked off National Drive Electric Week at Valencia College in downtown Orlando. Attendees at this event were able to check out a variety of electric vehicles and speak with the car owners to learn more about electric driving. The event also featured a presentation period during which speakers elaborated on the distinctions of the PEV, how this alternative fuel contributes to a healthier community and environment, and what attendees can do to embrace this fun, green, and exciting vehicle market.
On Friday, Sept. 18, Central Florida Clean Cities representatives were able to attend a Drive Electric Orlando event at the Dr. P. Phillips Performing Arts Center in downtown Orlando. The event kicked off Enterprise’s commitment to providing electric rental cars for the nation’s number one tourist destination here in Central Florida. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared the day to be the first ever Drive Electric Orlando Day—before he was able to cruise off in a rented Chevy Volt!
The Space Coast Electric Vehicle Drivers Club capped off Drive Electric Week by hosting an EV event at Satellite Beach on Saturday, Sept. 19. 35 EVs attended the event, and upwards of 120 total test rides we given to prospective EV buyers. Of the registered attendees, EV owners collaboratively reported more than 650,000 miles between them on pure electric drive.
Finally this month, we were able to welcome a new hire, Shauna Basques, to the Central Florida Clean Cities fold. Having worked previously on workplace charging (WPC) for the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition, she is excited to begin working with the Central Florida EV community to help advance adoption of alternative fuels and spread the word on workplace charging. If you have any questions for her (or just want to say hi), contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And don’t forget—Central Florida Clean Cities will be participating in more upcoming events!
On October 2, 2015, we will be celebrating the tail end of Team Sanford’s Fireball Run stint from 3-6 PM on 1st St. in Sanford, FL. We will provide a small electric vehicle display and cheer on the team to the finish line the following day on the Florida Space Coast.
From October 14-16, the 2015 Florida Energy Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida. Presentations at the summit will focus on alternative fuels, CNG and LNG in particular. For information and registration, please visit FloridaEnergySummit.com.
We will also assist in hosting the 2015 EV Transportation and Technology Summit at our Florida Solar Energy Center campus from Oct. 20-22 in Cocoa, FL. For information and registration, please visit EVSummit.org.
Thank you for all of your interest and support. We look forward to reporting back soon!