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Anyone here attending the 2013 electric sociability run?

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  1. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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  2. loganss

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    I'll most likely be going to this event,
     
  3. Lanny

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    #3 Lanny, May 14, 2013
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    At least 17 Teslas are registered for the Electric Sociability Run. Nearly 50 EVs total.
     
  4. artsci

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    I'll be there.
     
  5. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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    Very cool! Any photo buffs willing to bring their gear? We're planning on doing a group picture with all the EVs, but a Tesla specific picture would be cool too.
     
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    I am going too. Just got my car back from service in time. A tesla only photo would be very nice. If my wife comes along she can take it
     
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    Electric Vehicle Sociability Run in Washington, DC

    Largest Gathering of EVs in DC in 99 years.

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    On Monday, May 27, 2013, a total of 48 electric vehicles including many newly delivered from Tesla Motors, whispered through the streets of Washington to commemorate the 99th anniversary of a “Sociability Run” of electric cars first held in 1914.

    The electric car owners started in Glen Echo, MD on a beautiful Memorial Day morning and they drove 15 miles down MacArthur Blvd and up Rock Creek Park to Joaquin Miller Cabin where the first Electric Sociability Run finished on May 27, 1914. Just like the original event, the EV owners and their families enjoyed a picnic lunch, played games and were awarded prizes.

    “Many people don’t realize that the city of Washington had over 1,000 electric cars at the peak around 1915,” says Lanny Hartmann, one of the organizers of the event. Scott Wilson, another event organizer who drives a Nissan Leaf says, “People are discovering that electric cars are fun to drive and I think that’s reflected in the great number of enthusiastic folks driving electric vehicles that turned out for this event.”

    Some of the EV owners stopped at locations around the area to charge up their vehicles and enjoy coffee before the Sociability Run started. Mark Czajka, Director of MD Volt Inc., says, “I’m seeing more people at our Meetup events due to the efforts of private businesses, like MOM’s Organic Market, an event sponsor that offers electric vehicle charging stations at most of their locations.” Mark believes infrastructure at all power levels is a key element to the success of electric cars and businesses should take note because people that charge their vehicles spend more time in stores.

    The winner of the Electric Sociability Run was Chevy Volt owner Barry Larkin, who guessed nearest to the 451,974 total number of EV miles driven to date by the 48 vehicles. Barbara M. Gonzalez, Manager – Special Projects, NERC at Pepco Holdings, Inc. presented Barry with a beautiful engraved electric chafing dish, recreating the same prize Pepco presented in 1914.

    Over $2,000 in prizes were awarded through raffles and contests. Sixteen year old Kevin was ecstatic when his number was called to win a GE Wattstation residential electric vehicle charging station. Kevin was also the winner of the award for the youngest EV driver to attend the event. He learned to drive in an EV and expects to never own a gasoline powered car.

    Ken Barbour, who drove his Nissan Leaf from New Jersey to attend the event, won the award for most EV miles driven to date. Ken’s odometer read 35,244.

    Special thanks to the following sponsors who donated prizes or services: GE Industrial Solutions, Bosch, Leviton, Pepco, MOM’s Organic Market, Detroit Electric, Autobahn Indoor Speedway, MDVolt.org and EVA/DC.

    Photos: Photos - MD Volt EV Meetup Group (Fulton, MD) - Meetup

    2013 Electric Sociability Run in DC Plug-in Rally
     
  8. brianman

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    What's the left-most vehicle in the picture? The green paint up front.
     
  9. ChadS

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    It's an ELF - pedal/solar.
     
  10. brianman

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    Thanks for the info and link. I like it. :)
     
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    It was a great event, and the organizers are enthusiastic and a great bunch of people! I really enjoyed talking to the owners of the EV conversions, as well as the Elf, think, and Volt owners. Wish I could have talked with the Focus EV owners - my son is thinking of getting one of those!
     
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    Looks like great fun. What did the photographer use for a perch?
     
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    He had a telescoping pole that had to be at least 15-20 feet long. He set the timer, held it straight above him, arms outstretched, and counted down until the camera snapped the picture! He took several pictures and posted the best one.
     
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    The poor man's cherry picker! Nice...
     
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    It was a great event. There were lots of different EVs there. Here are the stats that were posted on the meetup page:
    It's cool to see one of the most expensive EV was the biggest in attendance. Go Tesla!!

    I got so caught up in conversations that I didn't get a chance to check out all the cars I haven't seen. Next time. The Zero bikes were a nice surprise.
     
  16. andrewket

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    It was fun! Tesla was well represented :)
     
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    25%... :)
     
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    #18 Lanny, May 30, 2013
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    Video of Posing for 2013 Electric Sociability Run Group Photo

    Here is a video of the taking of the group photo at the finish of the Electric Sociability Run.

     
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    Nice video - thanks for posting!
     
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    We are doing it again!

    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1914 Electric Sociability Run, we are meeting at the Solar Canopy Parking Lot at American Public University (APUS) in Charles Town, West Virginia on Saturday June 7, 2014. There are 14 Level 2 charging stations under the solar array with enough panels to generate electricity to power 1.9 million EV miles each year.

    We have an entire weekend of activities planned and you can choose to participate in all or part of them. The main event will begin Saturday morning at 10:00 AM at APUS. At around noon, cars will head off towards Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Hagerstown, MD. After touring the area, we’ll regroup in Charles Town for dinner at local restaurants, including the Epic Buffet at Hollywood Casino.

    Charles Town is just 29 miles south of the Hagerstown Superchargers, so Model S drivers can shoot up there as part of the afternoon tour or hit them on the way home.

    1914 was probably the peak of popularity for the first wave of electric vehicles before gasoline cars took over. Years from now, 2014 may be looked upon as the pivotal year that EV charging infrastructure, i.e. Superchargers, spelled the beginning of the end for Internal Combustion Engines. We are at a unique inflection point with electric vehicles. Those of us who own Teslas and other plug in vehicles are pioneers, somewhat like the 54 electric car owners who participated in the 1914 Electric Sociability Run in Washington, DC. Here are their names. This is a chance to celebrate what many of us believe is the tipping point to a new era of electric powered transportation.

    pluginrally.org is the website with more info and to register.

    Lanny
     

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