Driving on Sunshine 2020 Highlights the EV/PV Connection
Starting September 26th through October 4th, Cool Davis combined National Solar Tour and National Drive Electric Week events into our own local extravaganza — Driving on Sunshine! The combination and connection to these events allowed us to feature our local activities on national platforms in a new way: live on Zoom and through home tour videos. Our Davis event was hands down the most comprehensive local entry for the National Solar Tour, which featured webinars and home tour videos from across the country. Cool Davis workshops were a nice addition to National Drive Electric Week activities, which featured a robust collection of presentations on almost any electric vehicle topic you might imagine.
Cool Davis, along with its much-appreciated partners, hosted 2 webinars Household Battery Backup and Breathe Free with EVs and produced 14 home tour videos, featuring EV/PV (Electric Vehicle/Photovoltaic) and Battery Backup System stories from homeowners. EVs featured in the videos included: Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Honda Clarity Hybrid, Nissan Leaf, RAD Power Bike, Tesla Model 3, and Tesla S.
Annual event getting stronger every year
National Drive Electric Week is an annual event for Cool Davis that we conduct year after year with our local Davis Electric Vehicle Association (DEVA) and Sac EV. For the last several years (2017-2019), we have shut down regular traffic near the Davis Farmers Market and filled the streets with an EV owner Show & Tell and electric vehicle retail dealer Ride & Drive event. This year, due to COVID, our staff and intrepid DEVA volunteers instead crafted an online event encompassing an EV 101 presentation, webinar, and panel presentation, followed by individual meetings on specific EV types. While not all the technology worked quite as expected, DEVA and Cool Davis provided a lot of valuable information in a short time frame. We are hoping to build on this for future online EV education.
Overall registration for the webinars was 116 people, 66 registrants for the Battery Backup Systems webinar and 50 for the Breathe Free with EVs (electric vehicles) webinar. The beauty of the Zoom experience is that even if you can’t attend you can go back and watch later. Already our webinars have an additional 67 views since we posted them.
Cool Davis Executive Director Chris Granger was grateful for all the support from partners, sponsors, volunteers and Cool Davis staff for all the hours dedicated to make this event happen. “With tools like iPhones and Zoom, this online work can appear easy, but much of the logistics for these events required the same or even more total planning time to provide effective educational content in these new online formats. We are especially grateful to Mr. Alex Silva of Davis Media Access! We couldn’t have pulled this off with out him! Volunteering his extremely generous videographic expertise and editing was above and beyond.”
Home Tour Videos
Many community members shared their solar stories and many emphasized the connection between the solar panel system on their roof and the electric vehicle in their driveway or garage. Watch all the homeowner video tours on this playlist on our new YouTube channel LiveCoolDavis! Don’t forget to Like, Subscribe, and Comment!
Cool Davis resources for you and your friends!
- Visit cooldavis.org/solar to see all our solar and battery resources
- Visit cooldavis.org/cool-solutions/drive-electric-vehicle to see all our EV resources
- Watch the Battery Backup Webinar recording
- Watch the Breathe Free with EV’s intro and panel discussion
- Visit our YouTube LiveCoolDavis Channel to see all our online content. Subscribe!
- Read the Cool Davis article Backup Battery Systems: The Final Piece of the Energy Puzzle
Solar planning guides
Electric vehicle resources that may interest you
Thank you to our local sponsors!
We couldn’t have done this without support from our national sponsors, too!
Cool Davis is a coalition of citizens, the City of Davis, and community organizations working to empower our community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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