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Electric Mobility Monthly 

September 2014

Drive Oregon Lands $50K for Workplace Charging
  
Drive Oregon is thrilled to announce it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Schmidt Family Foundation, through their 11th Hour Project.  The funds will be used to support our work encouraging employers to provide charging for their employees’ electric vehicles and mobilizing business support for pro-electric vehicle policy.  We are immensely grateful for this investment and the opportunity to be a part of the Foundation’s efforts to further the deployment of sustainable technology to solve the world's environmental and economic challenges.
EV Roadmap 7: The Numbers are In!

The official numbers are in for this year’s EV Roadmap and they clearly show an increased engagement by the electric vehicle industry.  Compared to EV Roadmap 6 in 2013, attendance and sponsorship revenue more than doubled.  Post-event surveys also found a majority of attendees left the event highly satisfied with the content of presentations and networking opportunities.  Overall – a home run!  If you haven’t had a chance to review the presentations or photos from the conference yet, you can still do so here and here.  Registration for next year’s EV Roadmap, to be held July 29 and 30, is now open - reserve your spot today!
OR E-Bike Co. Launches Kickstarter: Give by 10/5
 
EcoSpeed, a Portland-based manufacturer of motor systems for electric bicycles, is seeking funding to expand its business from a unique source: crowd-funding site Kickstarter.  The company recently launched a campaign to raise funds to move from one-off production to sustained manufacturing of its high-quality motor systems.  With just 9 days to go until the campaign ends, EcoSpeed is well on the way to its goal of $75,000, with nearly $48,000 pledged.  Visit EcoSpeed’s Kickstarter campaign page to learn more and to donate to this great local company before time runs out!
Drive Oregon Monthly Events Kick Off For Fall
 
On Tuesday, Drive Oregon’s first monthly networking event after our summer break attracted a crowd of over 60 people.  We were pleased to partner with Solar Oregon to host three speakers sharing their expertise on the intersection of electric vehicles and solar power.  Maryline Lewett of Schneider Electric, Marvin Talbert of SolarWorld, and Keith Knowles of SolarCity spoke about the overlapping motivations and long-term cost savings that encourage electric vehicle owners to invest in solar and vice versa.  To check out their presentations and the main takeaways from the event, visit our website.  Stay tuned for an announcement about our upcoming October monthly event!
Over 90,000 Take Part in Drive Electric Week 2014

In cities across the country, thousands gathered to celebrate electric vehicle technology during this year’s Drive Electric Week, held September 15-21.  Coordinated by Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association, the annual week-long event is dedicated to raising awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles and providing people the chance to try one out.  This year, Drive Electric week events in 152 cities collectively offered more than 5,500 test drives and drew an audience more than double the size of last year’s attendance.  In Portland, the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association hosted an event on September 20 at Electric Avenue that featured over a dozen electric vehicles on display.  
Updated Report on Environmental Impact of EVs

This month, the Union of Concerned Scientists released their latest findings on how electric vehicles compare to traditional and hybrid vehicles, in terms of climate change-causing emissions.  They found that, in 60% of the United States, electric vehicles are responsible for fewer of these emissions per mile than even the most efficient hybrid vehicles.  This is a sizable improvement since the organization’s first report on the topic in 2012, where they found that electric vehicles were responsible for fewer emissions in just 45% of the country.  The positive change reflects the increase in renewable energy on the electrical grid as well as an increase in efficiency in electric vehicle drive trains, and is likely to continue as more regions move to cut their use of fossil fuels.  
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September 29 Energize Oregon Coalition Call: Outreach & Communications Workgroup (2:00 - 3:00 PM) (Open to Energize Oregon Coalition members only*)

October 6 - Energize Oregon Coalition Call: Workplace Charging Workgroup (10:30 - 11:30 AM) (Open to Energize Oregon Coalition members only*)

October 16 
- Industry Event: GoGreen Portland 2014

October 17 - Partner Event: EV Policy at Work: Charging EVs in the Workplace (For Employers)

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