I am in the countdown mode for the Pembina 2017 Alberta Climate Summit and I am stoked!
This year marks the 3rd annual Alberta Climate Summit and will showcase innovation and opportunities around clean energy, bringing together more than 500 leaders in industry, government, environmental NGOs and community stakeholders who will focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean technology and innovation, methane control, climate finance, and Indigenous energy solutions. .
We will be set up at and presenting at the 2017 Alberta Climate Summit with our 2016 Nissan Leaf SL talking about all things related to Electric Vehicles and maybe even some on solar PV energy creation and the link with electric vehicle adoption.
I still have a bit of work left to do in washing the car and doing some detailing just prior to going down to the BMO Centre to get set up for tonight but the most part I think I have everything prepared as much as I can for the big event to take place tomorrow.
I will be at the vehicle during all of the breaks taking questions, giving out information and with a little luck and some multitasking, grabbing some pictures of the event to share on line after its all done.
If you are at the Climate Summit, come by and say “Hi” while you put your name in the draw for a ride in a Tesla by the EVAA.
This is going to be fun!
Calgary National Drive Electric Week was again a lot of fun and a lot of talking!
IKEA donated a parking lot area for the Electric Vehicle venue and as a result of National Drive Electric Week being Platinum Sponsored by Nissan (and coinciding with the 2018 Nissan Leaf announcement), requested that a Leaf be placed at the front door of the store. We had the honour of having our 2016 Leaf being the flagship for the day.
The venue was awesome!
Both Donna and I attempted to engage as many people as possible, giving them information about the Leaf, answering a myriad of questions about charging, distances etc., and directed them to the other electric vehicle owners and vehicles on display in the adjacent lot.
I managed to run off and take some fast shots of the event in the other lot, but neglected to get a picture of our own vehicle at the front door (check out the pictures here).
We had a good range of vehicles from an electric skateboard through to a folding e-bike, to a Smart ForTwo, Nissan Leafs and a variety of Teslas. We had hopes of seeing the elusive 2017 Chevy Bolts, the 2017 BMW I3 and the Fisker that have been seen running around in Calgary over the summer and welcoming the owners into the community; alas, the didn’t show. I am undaunted however and will find them somewhere to get them included and to check out their very cool vehicles!
I have no idea how many people we talked to during the event, but by the end of the day neither Donna nor I had a voice left. When it all wrapped up, we were exhausted but overjoyed to have talked to so many people and answer so many questions.
I can’t wait for next year to do it all over again!
I organized a Sunday Drive event for the EV community for Sunday September 11 to a very cool location just outside of Okotoks, the Chinook Arch Meadery.
Chinook Arch Meadery offers up amazing selections of honey products, select smoked meats, ice cream and award winning mead. The owners and staff are awesome people, very friendly, helpful and informative. They offer up tours of both the bees and honey production as well as the meadery, making this a venue for all ages.
The venue was a hit for everyone! Adults and kids alike enjoyed the indoor bee hive, the ice cream and the outdoor hay bale maze. The adults liked the mead samples, smoked meats and honey products. For many of the electric vehicles owners who attended, mead was a new experience and it seemed that everyone enjoyed it.
We had several people interested in electric vehicles come out to get information and check out the event with a couple even coming from as far away as Lethbridge to be involved.
Overall, this was a fantastic day, a great venue, awesome people and a trip worth doing over and over again! It was great hanging out with other EV owners and going someplace cool. Huge thank you to all who came out!
Check out the pictures in the gallery.
Come join in the fun on future Sunday Drives! Check out the events calendar for what we have planned next!