September 17th, 2019 by Johnna Crider
Abita Springs Drive Electrical Day was held on Sunday, September 15, and was part of the nationwide celebration of EVs generally known as National Drive Electric Week. Abita is thought for its wide selection of native brews. One in all my favorites is Purple Haze, one other is the vacation version, Creole Cream Ale (which may’t get right here fast sufficient!).
This occasion was a part of the Abita Springs Farmers Market, which additionally had a number of native distributors offering selfmade meals, selfmade Cajun/Creole seasonings, arts and crafts, jewellery, regionally grown sage/incense, customized wallets created from alligator hides, and extra. I tagged together with Karen Rudisil, proprietor of a Tesla Mannequin X named The Pink Dragon to the occasion on behalf of CleanTechnica in order that I may run a fast EV survey and get to know a number of the superior people within the native EV and Tesla group.
That is Saints nation, that means that many have been getting ready for the massive recreation. Lots of people wore their jerseys or tees and have been planning tailgating events for after the occasion. We stayed to look at the start of the sport on the Abita Brew Pub after the occasion was over. Fried pickles, pecan ale, and a catfish poboy with the fixins was an effective way to finish the day earlier than a drive again to Baton Rouge.
Many EV house owners converged on this southern Louisiana city simply on the opposite facet of the Causeway from New Orleans. Folks got here from Alabama, Mississippi, and throughout Louisiana.
The excessive solely received to across the mid 90s, however with a warmth index making it really feel hotter. Regardless of a ritual that consisted of numerous sunblock and hopes that I wouldn’t get too sunburned, it didn’t save me from having a burnt nostril.
It was too early within the day for Abita’s beer, so everybody opted for ice chilly water and snow cones, and plenty of stopped by the brew pub after the occasion was over. I loved some root beer and a number of other bottles of water. Once we have been achieved with our bottles and cans, we recycled them within the recycling bins offered by the Abita Committee for Power Sustainability. (In addition they gave me a visor upon seeing my burnt nostril regardless of the gallons of sunblock I used).
Nationwide Drive Electrical Week Abita Springs, LA
LeAnn Pinniger Magee is the Chairwoman for the Abita Committee for Energy Sustainability and the pressure of power that introduced Nationwide Drive Electrical Week to Abita Springs, LA. The occasion was additionally the work of Abita Springs Prepared for 100%, which works with the Mayor’s Workplace and City Council to deliver clear, reasonably priced renewable power to Abita Springs. They’re additionally working with native colleges to maneuver towards sustainable and clear power.
Rick Salmon, of Alabama, is the proprietor of a Tesla Mannequin S within the retired coloration Silver Metallic. Rick was giving “Beano,” the identify of his Tesla, a very good wipe in order that it will sparkle within the intense solar. He and his spouse drove from Alabama to Abita Springs for the occasion.
Whereas mingling with the group, I used to be listening in when the proprietor of the next ModelX was telling a gaggle of us that he will get about 170 miles of vary whereas towing his boat.
See extra pictures of Nationwide Drive Electrical Week courtesy Abita Springs Ready for 100% on Fb.
I additionally received to fulfill up with Zack from GeauxTesla, who you may keep in mind requested the query, “How much does the Tesla Semi weigh?” He’s an expert truck driver and took a survey that we requested a number of attendees on the occasion (outcomes under), which led right into a extra prolonged interview. His household was with him they usually have been displaying off his spouse’s Mannequin X, which was twinning with Karen’s Pink Dragon. I’d suspected he was from Louisiana, as a consequence of his username, once I first wrote the article about his Semi calculations. (Geaux is our phrase for “go” and is usually adopted by Tigers or Saints).
Zack’s response to one of many survey questions wasn’t on the checklist. Relating to the following EV he wish to purchase, the reply was Tesla Semi (since he’s an expert truck driver), however since that wasn’t on the checklist of choices, he picked Tesla Pickup. Again to the Semi, he assume low upkeep on the truck will probably be a key profit. Seeing semi truck drivers obsessed with EVs is one thing we want extra of. It’s cool Zack is already serving to with that.
I additionally received to fulfill Tyler Herman, Co-Coordinater for Louisiana Clean Fuels, who introduced his Honda Readability plug-in hybrid. Like most of the EV drivers, he was providing take a look at drives and educating individuals about EVs and clear power. Louisiana Clear Fuels is a US Division of Power Clear Cities Coalition that’s supported by the LA Division of Pure Assets. Its mission is to advance the nation’s environmental, financial, and power safety by supporting native actions to diversify transportation gasoline choices.
CleanTechnica EV Proprietor Survey
CleanTechnica created a brief survey for NDEW occasions. In Abita Springs, 20 individuals accomplished it. Lots of the attendees that got here to our occasion didn’t personal an EV or weren’t conversant in them, which is what you need from such occasions so long as you could have sufficient of a base of EV house owners.
One of many occasion attendees was a Tesla Ranger who gave me some data on the New Orleans Service Middle being constructed on Tchoupitoulas St. He needed to remain nameless however gave me a quote: “I imagine the very last thing they’re ready on is the certificates of occupancy from the town.”
Survey Questions & Outcomes
When Did You First Purchase/Lease An EV?
30% of respondents mentioned they purchased their EVs in 2019, whereas 15% mentioned they purchased in 2018 and 10% in 2017. So, greater than half of them had purchased their EVs up to now 2¾ years, and 70% had purchased their EVs up to now 3¾ years.
How Lengthy Do You Plan To Hold Your EV?
Nearly everybody mentioned “eternally,” “till I cease respiratory,” or “till the wheels fall off.”
What Automotive Do You Count on To Purchase/Lease Subsequent?
The Tesla Pickup was the most well-liked selection, adopted by the Tesla Mannequin Y after which the Tesla Mannequin three. Somebody voted for the Tesla Roadster and some electrical automobiles from different manufacturers additionally received a point out or two, such because the Kia Niro EV and the Jaguar I-PACE. There was a Chevy Volt on the occasion and its proprietor informed me their subsequent EV could be a Mannequin three. They felt that Chevy fell behind when it got here to creating EVs.
Which Manufacturers Do You Think about Leaders In The EV Market?
Tesla was far and away the #1 model voted as an EV market chief. Everybody who took the survey voted for Tesla. Since this query allowed for a number of solutions, although, individuals received to decide on who else they thought have been leaders (if anybody). Many noticed Nissan as a pacesetter as a result of the LEAF has been round for some time and continues to be the highest promoting electrical automotive in historical past. Some voted for Volkswagen and Kia as a result of they noticed potential effervescent up from the businesses. One particular person voted for Porsche as a result of the corporate truly designed the Taycan as an electrical automobile, reasonably than “simply throwing a battery in it and calling it an EV.”
Roughly How Many Miles Do You Drive Per 12 months In Your EV?
The most typical reply to this query was over 20,000 miles, adopted by 18,000 or increased. These are excessive figures, increased than the nationwide common. In case you discuss to somebody who thinks you may’t drive so much in an electrical automobile, present her or him these outcomes.
Do Different Folks Appear Extra Open To EVs This 12 months Than In Earlier Years?
Nearly everybody voted sure to this. Amongst those that voted no, the explanation was that, sure, at occasions like these you discover individuals who find out about and are into EVs, however of their day-to-day lives, they didn’t.
Have You Undoubtedly Impressed Different Folks To Go Electrical?
Many felt that they’d impressed others to go electrical, however some felt that both they didn’t or they merely weren’t positive. Many are undoubtedly making an attempt to steer by instance. It exhibits. For my part, in the event that they weren’t inspiring others to go electrical, they wouldn’t have attended the occasion. The truth that they got here out, confirmed off their automobiles and took part within the survey tells me that they’re inspiring others — even when they really feel like they aren’t.