Florida Renewable Energy Expo: Results!

Friday, October 30, 2009 0 comments
My presentations went GREAT!  I had over 60 people in my sessions and I got some good market research back from them on the questions I asked during the presentation.  I also got a request to present to a group in Boca Raton, FL and I was invited to be on the "Get Ready" Central Florida team.  It was fun!

The attendees actively participated in the presentation (I like to get their reaction to things) and asked some good questions back.  In both sessions, people asked about battery swaps (Smarter Planet) and whether the grid could handle the extra load.  The weird thing is that I created slides that addressed these issues, but I hid them because I was worried about time (the presentation took an hour with questions).

Throughout the presentation, the three central points that I kept reiterating were Cheaper, Cleaner, and Energy Independence.  From talking to people after , they got the message...my work was done.  If you would like me to present to your group, just let me know. 

Florida Renewable Energy Expo

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 0 comments
Yea!  Mark will be speaking at the Florida Renewable Energy Expo this weekend (10/24-10/25).

I'll be speaking both days of the Expo with an hour timeslot (12-1pm).  I've actually known that I was on the agenda for about a month and have been busy working on my presentation.  The presentation is called "The State of Charge" and it covers the whole EV space, with an emphasis on Infrastructure...of course!  It also appears that I'll be giving the presentation to a few local governments that would like a private presentation to their staff.

To get a "local" perspective of what Central Florida is doing to prepare for EVs, I've been meeting and talking to many people in government, utilities, and business to understand how they're preparing for EVs next year.  The good part is that there is a good nucleus of planning activity going on in the Orlando area and we're working on becoming a RMI Project Get Ready Pioneer City...hopefully, we'll be the first metro in Florida to do so.  That said, I'm working with the "Get Ready Central Florida" committee to ensure that we cross the finish line first.  The RMI guys have created a nice recipe to help a metro "Get Ready" and the other pioneer cities offer some great support and insight (thanks Jeff Barghout in Raleigh!).

Next week, I'll post my presentation on my site and and finish up some blog articles that I've been working on.

ECOtality's eTec Finalizes Contract for $100 Million DOE Grant and Launches Project Website

Thursday, October 1, 2009 0 comments
It's official!  The largest transportation electrification project in history has started.  This morning, eTec announced that they have officially signed the $99.8 million grant with DOE to start installing EV Infrastructure in 5 States.

This is truly a milestone in the US' commitment and adoption of Electric Vehicles.  While you could take away that the government gave a private company a big wad of cash to do their job, there's much more to it than that.  Due to the grant's objectives, the transparency guidelines for taking the money, and observing consumer behaviors, we stand to learn a LOT from this massive project.  Things like...
  • Monetizing electric vehicle charging - what works and what doesn't
  • The best places to install charging stations...especially fast chargers
  • How does having a charger near a retail or restaurant affect consumer behavior?
  • How and when people charge their vehicles.  This gives us insight into how range anxiety affects EV owners
  • What will be the actual dynamic between municipalities, utilities, business, and consumers on their adoption in the various cities?
Related (and excellent) interviews with eTec's CEO Don Karner about the grant...
See below for the press release from eTec...