Category Archives: EV Community

National Plug In Day 2013 – Getting out there!

Experts across the board agree that the best way to understand and appreciate all that Electric Vehicles have to offer is to simply get out there and take one for a test drive.  Equally important is getting a chance to speak with real people about their real experience owning an EV.  That’s exactly what you found at nearly 100 National Plug In Day events across North America and Europe.

Enjoy these pictures taken by Corine van Deventer-Geljon at the Cupertino Event: 41st EV Rally + National Plug In Day hosted by Electric Auto Association Silicon Valley.  This event honored to collaborate with the Dutch Consulate, Peter van Deventer and Coast to Coast EV Connection.

V2G Silicon Valley Talk – Tom Gage, CEO EV-Grid, Inc.

Join us at the Electric Auto Association Silicon Valley Meeting – June 15th 10:00AM-12:00PM @ HP Palo Alto Campus

Mini-E Fleet earning grid revenue.

Mini-E Fleet earning grid revenue.

Electric Auto Association Silicon Valley welcomes industry veteran Tom Gage, CEO EV-Grid, Inc. for a talk on energy storage and the future of grid connected Electric Vehicles.

Years of R & D and work with partners including BMW, University of Delaware, PJM, NRG, AutoPort and Milbank has lead to the recent announcement coverage (NY Times Article) of the first live demonstration of electric vehicles earning grid revenue.

Prior to founding EV-Grid, Tom was CEO of AC Propulsion that developed innovative EV powertrain technologies that have been used in the T-Zero, eBox, and Mini-E vehicles.  

Following the presentation, Tom will have one of the specially outfitted bi-directional power Mini-E test vehicles for display and parking lot Q & A.  

Event Details:  
Saturday June 15, 2013 Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Hewlett Packard Palo Alto Campus
3000 Hanover St, Bldg 20 Auditorium
Palo Alto, CA 94304

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Modern Day Motor City – Charged 2013 Coverage (Video)

Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s third Annual “Charged” event hosted at SAP Labs was a huge success. CBS Affiliate KPIX was on hand and captured some of the parking lot activities that ran in parallel with the indoor sessions.

Over 20 Electric Vehicles were on display for viewing and test drives. Another fantastic progress revealing statistic: About 50 of the attendees arrived at the event driving their Plug-In Hybrid and Battery Electric Vehicles.

Congrats and credit to Green OnRamp’s Marina Cerin-Stith for organizing the highly praised Ride & Drive portion of the event right here in the heart of “Modern Day Motor City”. Note: Embedded video requires Adobe Flash, visit KPIX to view on iOS.



$8.5 Million in EV Community Readiness the “Results Show” (6 Hours & 465 Slides)

In case you missed it – Electric Vehicles are here to stay this time! Only makes sense that our communities here in the States and around the world need to get ready for this growing revolution. The Department of Energy understands this and invested $8.5 million to learn and share best practices.

Since not everyone was able to make it to Tennessee for the Clean Cities “Results Show” hosted on the first of May… very pleased the recorded sessions are now online. Browse through the agenda for what you are interested in and settle in for 6 hours and 465 slides packed with details and results of 16 projects from across the country.

Viewing notes: Yes, you can skip ahead and there’s a link on the top right of the player to just show the slides. Sorry it won’t play on non-Flash or Silverlight equipped devices.  You’ll need to retreat to a computer. Enjoy and share your thoughts on the discussion I started in our LinkedIn Group: Electric Vehicle Business & Career Network.

P.S. Turns out there are only 465 slides rather than 485.  Sorry for any inconvenience…  checking to see if you are awake!

P.S. Turns out there are only 465 slides rather than 485.  Sorry for any inconvenience…  checking to see if you are awake!

EV Community Readiness

Earth Day 2013: Make the EV Connection

Earth Day 2013: The Face of Climate Change

Who would have thought that the EV movement could have made such progress against all odds?  Much of the success is based on the tireless volunteer work of grassroots organizations that spend weekends and any opportunity they get to share the many benefits of switching to Electric drive.

Along with National Plug In Day – Earth Day celebrations are a fantastic opportunity to get out there and introduce your friends, families and communities to the many benefits of driving Electric!

Take your voice to the next level by reaching out to your elected officials and community leaders to join the conversation with you and other like minded EV drivers.  Here in the States Green OnRamp supports Plug In AmericaElectric Auto Association along with the local efforts of SF Bay Area LEAFs and our local EAA Silicon Valley Chapter.  Let us know if you have any trouble finding a local group.

While celebrating, please be sure to take a few pictures or videos of the fun and serious business of changing the world one perception at time.  Share these with your social and business networks as well as the Earth Day Network.  Each exposure to EVs makes it that much more normal to all that you encounter.

Follow this link to the new Plug In America Events page where you you can find EV events that make every day Earth Day!

Borrowing from others – “Let the dinosaurs rest in peace” and Happy Earth Day 2013!

Beyond Fossil Fuels – The Promise and Reality of Electric Vehicles

Acterra: Bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet.

Rafael Reyes, Executive Director, Bay Area Climate Collaborative will host a panel this evening of EV experts presented by Acterra. One in a series of sessions entitled “Beyond Fossil Fuels” –  ”The Promise and Reality of Electric Vehicles”.  

Paul Stith will be a panelist and will share a few of the projects he is actively working on including regulatory, national standards and legislative initiatives to insure a smooth and steady adoption of Electric Vehicles. Central to these efforts is providing consumers a clear path to obtain low cost domestic fuel that’s easily obtained, price predictable and comes from increasingly sustainable sources.

EV Business Social Meetup – April Silicon Valley

Green OnRamp to host Spring EV Business Social, Silicon Valley Edition @ BMW Technology Office during April.  This special event for EV Business & Career Network members will feature a talk by BMW Engineering.

BMW - The Ultimate Driving Machine

Presentation will feature a talk on BMW’s technology strategy for the connected electric vehicle, intelligent charging, renewable energy, battery second-life, and sustainable mobility services.  Attendees will enjoy an evening of networking and tour of the facilities.

Not located in the Bay Area?  Host your own EV Business Meetups and post them in the Electric Vehicle Business & Career Network group on LinkedIn.

Let us know if you would like to host a future EV Business Social at your location.


Electric Vehicle Business & Career Network – 300 Members from A to Z

SILICON VALLEY, CA – November 21, 2012 – PROJECT Green OnRamp

Today PROJECT Green OnRamp is pleased to announce that the 300th member joined the Electric Vehicle Business & Career Network (EVBCN) LinkedIn group.  Starting as a “little” effort to connect people that are passionate about Electric Vehicles with opportunities in this growing market the group now spans the globe.

Group members are professionals working each day to make a difference at electric vehicle OEMs, charging equipment manufacturers, network service providers, utilities, startups, NGOs, universities, federal, regional & local agencies.

Just a few of the many organizations represented include:  ABB, BMW, Charged Magazine, Clipper Creek, CODA Automotive, Chrysler/Fiat, Coulomb Technologies (ChargePoint), General Electric, General Motors, ECOtality, Electric Auto Association, EnVironmental Transportation SolutionsFisker Automotive, Fuji Electric, Magna, Nissan, NRG eVgo, Pacific Gas & Electric, Plug In America, Renault, Rocky Mountain InstituteSchneider Electric, Sierra Club, Smith Electric Vehicles, Southern California Edison, SiemensSPX, Tesla Motors, VIA Motors, Volkswagon and Zero Motorcycles.

Membership is open to all contributors looking forward to a day when Electric Vehicles are the norm.  Join the conversation – Electric Vehicle Business & Career Network.  Job seekers are invited to visit the companion Electric Vehicle Job Board to view and bookmark the most recent 100 EV jobs posted.

EV Mania – Cupertino NPID

Enjoy this video segment “EV Mania” produced by Eco Company covering Electric Auto Association’s 40th Annual EV Rally + National Plug In Day. iPad, iPhone visitors – apologies this is in Flash. Worth starting up another computer to see all of the fun. Oh – yes, those are articulating solar panels that follow the sun covering the parking lot. See you at next year’s event!

National Plug In Day 2012 – Huge Success

The Second Annual National Plug In Day was celebrated in 65 cities across the country on September 23rd.  Each event featured a unique view of Electric Vehicles showing just how far the technology and market have advanced.

Our chapter of the Electric Auto Association combined the tradition of 39 previous “EV Rallies” with National Plug In Day to create one huge celebration under the solar panels De Anza College in Cupertino.  Over 1,500 attended to witness the history, present and future of driving Electric first hand.