Lecture / Reading

Is an Electric Vehicle Right for You?

Sponsored by Health Improvement Program


Thursday, October 12, 2017
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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1070 Arastradero Road, Rm 202A/B

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This free class is co-sponsored with and supported by the City of Palo Alto. Although class is free, advance registration is REQUIRED, as space is limited.
Are you considering leasing or buying an electric vehicle (EV) and want real information versus a sales pitch? Come hear from a panel of local, long-time EV drivers and experts on their experiences. Get your questions answered on the difference between all-electric and plug in hybrid EVs; EV charging (home, work and public space); range anxiety misconceptions; battery longevity; buying vs. leasing; and the environmental, economic, and personal benefits of EV adoption.

As a bonus, for an hour before class (starting at 4:30) and 30+ minutes after class ends at 7:30, there will be a number of EVs to explore in and out, including Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV, Chevy Volt, Fiat 500-e, Ford Focus EV, Tesla, and new all-electric Chevy Bolt with 238 mile range! 
Instructors: Sven Thesen, founder of Project Green Home in Palo Alto (ProjectGreenHome.org). Sven is a chemical engineer and one of 2,000 scientists who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 along with former Vice President Al Gore, for his work on IPCC climate guidelines. He is often referred to as an ev-angelist for his spirited work in promoting electric vehicles.

Jim Barbera, Systems Engineer at ChargePoint (the nation’s largest charging company). Jim is versed in all aspects of EV life, including leasing, buying, charging, maintenance, installing charging stations and solar panels. A former hot rodder, four wheeler, power boater, and EV skeptic, he is now an experienced EV driver (80,000 electric miles), and has driven nearly all makes and models of EVs.

Marc Geller, founder and member of the Board of Directors of Plug In America, and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Electric Auto Association. Marc has been driving an electric car since 2001, and is one of the earliest EV adopters/ advocates.

Jane Rosten, MSW, LCSW, Manager of Stanford HIP’s Environmental Behavior Change program and happy driver of an EV.

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