The Buzz Blog – Events in April

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On the road again… I just can’t wait to be on the road again…  

Next month is shaping up to be a great time for EV road tripping! For one thing, it’s Drive Electric Earth Month. Across the country, EV drivers, volunteers, sponsors and the EV-curious public will converge at various sites to celebrate electric vehicles. If you click on the link above, you can enter a city or zip code to see what’s happening and where. If you’re tired of being cooped up in your house and are ready to celebrate springtime outdoors, make it to an event near you! 

Some of the places I’ll be joining in are: 

April 6th: Bayou City Electric School Bus Festival in Houston, Texas 

This organization is near and dear to me, as they accompanied us on TxETRA’s East Texas EV Road Trip last February. Founder Jessica Keithan was accompanied by her husband and kids as well as Michelle Montague, who handles the organization’s marketing and communications. It was a family event, as it should be, since they’re all about improving the health and safety of school kids by making the air they breathe cleaner. In fact Jessica told me that the pollutants inside a diesel-powered school bus can be ten times worse than the ambient air outside the bus. Let’s share the decorated bus with our kid at this events! 

 

 

 

 

April 20th: Earth Day Austin, in Austin, Texas (duh) 

What better place to celebrate Earth Day, than the capitol of our great state? There will be lots of activities, music (it is Austin…), and things to see and do for the whole family. My good friend (and Vice Chair of TxETRA) Janis Bookout is Earth Day Austin’s Executive Director and this organization works hard to put this event on each year. Come on out and join the fun! 

 

April 21st: Northwest Austin Civic Association’s Earth Day Festival in Austin, Texas  

Continuing my weekend in Austin, I’ll be joining other EV drivers, who will be showing and discussing their plug-in vehicles. There will also be ecologically-oriented exhibitors under the shade trees. This event is open to the public and is free to attend. Northwest Austin is a hot spot for EV adoption in Texas, so there should be lots of cool electric vehicles to see. Just click on the link above and look under the “Current Events” header for more information about the festival.

 

 

April 22nd – 24th: TxETRA’s South Texas EV Road Trip 

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is a common phrase for Texans. TxETRA feels the same way. TxETRA’s Education Fund, led by my friend and Executive Director Laura Morrison, have already put on two road shows across parts of west and east Texas, where we shared the benefits of driving electrically as well as the economic opportunities that are provided by EVs. We were joined by the Texas Electric School Bus Project, Conservative Texans for Energy Innovation and the Texas Department of Transportation. Our caravan included a Tesla Model 3, a Model Y, a Ford F-150 Lightning, a Hummer EV, a Rivian R1S and a Bluebird electric school bus. I’m not sure which consumer EVs will be on this road trip, but at some stops we will have an electric school bus and a heavy duty commercial truck. Although venues have not been finalized, the cities we’ll be visiting include Corpus Christi & Brownsville (April 22nd), McAllen & Laredo (April 23rd) and Kerrville & San Antonio (April 24th). At each stop, we’ll be chatting with local leaders and media to share our experience. I hope to see you at one of our stops!