2023 Upcoming events
Before buying your first Electric Vehicle, wouldn't it be helpful to talk with actual EV owners? Find out from owners who can speak from their lived experience how to most easily transition from gas to clean electric power. At our events, particularly Drive Electric Earth Day and National Drive Electric Week, we have the time to invite you to sit in the car and get an in-depth introduction to the vehicle before you go to a dealership or manufacturer's store to buy one.
Particularly for the most advanced EVs, cars are becoming computers on wheels. This can be intimidating at first for many folks. But spending a while with an owner showing how the new technology makes driving safer, more reliable, and less stressful helps with this exciting transition. EVs are the 21st century version of what a car should be!
Electric Car Guest Drives
Electric Car Insider has invited the OEVA to share our EV experience with the public at their Electric Car Guest Drive events for 2023. The Portland event will be two days, Saturday and Sunday June 3-4, at PCC Sylvania Campus, Parking Lot P7 Upper Lot,12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland. The Salem event will be Saturday July 29, venue to be determined. The events run from 10 AM to 4 PM.
We joined forces with Electric Car Insider for the first time last year, and OEVA members report it was a great public outreach event. The board approved and planned our participation at the May 11th meeting. Paul Burkey has set up a Doodle Poll Sign Up to staff our tent: https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/ej0j4L4b.
National Drive Electric Week
The OEVA has a confirmed venue for National Drive Electric Week, with confirmed date of Sunday October 8, 2023 for our event. We will host a Ride and Drive, and have a room where we can give OEVA University presentations, as well as our usual display of our personal cars and public outreach.
The venue will be Tesla Macadam, 4330 S Macadam Ave, Portland. Tesla is very supportive of the event being open to all brands, and we have other new and used car dealers who will participate in displaying cars and in the Ride and Drive.
Come and check out the facility--our June 8th OEVA meeting will be held at Tesla Macadam.
The OEVA participates in many events in the community, from joining in vehicle parades to setting up our information booth in local events. Details to follow as they are scheduled.
Our Meetings Every Month
Our membership meetings are the Second Thursday of every month. OEVA President Morris Green has started a new initiative to get out meetings out to check out local EV dealerships.
Our June 8th meeting will be at Tesla Macadam, 4330 S Macadam Ave, Portland. Beau Snyder, Senior Associate at Tesla will give a tour and a talk. Come to check out the site of our 2023 NDEW event!
The board meets at 6:30 PM, and all members are welcome to attend. The general membership meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, and is open to everyone. Stop by and visit with fellow EV enthusiasts.
Bring a snack to share. People really stepped up their snack to share game, with a great variety of delicious items at the May meeting. I would include a photo, but by the time I got my phone out we'd cleared off the platters like a cloud of locusts.
Join our mailing list to keep up with meeting announcements.
2023 Past Events
82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, April 29, 2023
Myles Twete, driving his 1920 Milburn, led the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association's contingent in the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade. It was inspiring seeing the progress of electric cars over a century from the Milburn to the "computer on wheels" Tesla Model 3. This Portland Rose Festival tradition resumed on Saturday April 29th after being on hiatus for 3 years. KATU live streamed the event, which is archived on their website. If you want to skip ahead in the video, we show up at time 30:10 in the stream.
Enjoy the photo carousel above, captured from KATU's live stream, which shows our participants. Look closely and see if you can spot the Toyota SUV BEV conversion by OEVA Information Technologist and Intel Encore Fellow, Sham Datta. Just for fun and as a special challenge for you, your tricky Web Administrator has slipped a photo of a non-electric vehicle into the mix. See if your keen eye and knowledge of EV models can discern the non-EV parade vehicle!
Many thanks to Paul Burkey for organizing our participation in this community event, to Morris Green for getting the cool magnetic Oregon Electric Vehicle Association logo signs, and to the OEVA members who paraded their vehicles!
Portland International Auto Show, February 2-5, 2023
Electric Avenue is the first thing you see as you descend to the main floor of the Oregon Convention Center for the Portland International Auto Show. The auto show is a huge event, with participation from major auto manufacturers and local auto dealers. Electric Vehicles are a growing part of the auto show, and the OEVA is the heart of the electric Electric Avenue. On your right as you proceed down Electric Avenue is the massive Wall of All EV and Plug In Hybrid Vehicle Datasheets, created through a whirlwind effort by Gary Exner with help from OEVA members who researched many vehicle's data. Those EV datasheets are available on our Cars page.
At the far end of the Avenue, which is lined with EVs from many manufacturers, is the OEVA's exhibit space, and right in front of the popular "Vote for Your Favorite EV" display is the Belle of the Ball, the most popular and exciting vehicle at the Portland International Auto Show (by most accounts), the rare (for now) Rivian R1S, brought to the the show by outgoing OEVA president Gary Exner. And close by the R1S is a Tesla Model Y performance, brought to the show by OEVA Web Admin Ron Jackson. Being the only Rivian and Tesla at the show, they receive almost constant attention, with Gary and Ron busy answering questions and demonstrating the amazing features of their state of the art EVs from the rapidly growing new electric-only auto manufacturers.
Thanks go out to all the Electric Avenue volunteers at the auto show. Special recognition to Peter Hoeckel who was there essentially all hours all days, from before show opening to close. Gary Exner, Ron Jackson, Morris Green, and Karl Boekelheide were also long-hours volunteers for the whole run of the show. Apologies to any other long-hours volunteers I missed as I didn't frequent all areas of Electric Avenue. Special thanks to Chaz Smith who brought in delicious home baked cookies to the volunteer's break room (now there's a guy who spreads happiness wherever he goes, along with cookie crumbs), and to all the many OEVA members who volunteered their time to share their valuable EV experience with the public.
The 2023 Portland International Auto Show has taken up residence in the memories of those of us who volunteered and the people who attended. If you have photos from the Auto Show, please send them to your tireless Web Admin and he'll add them to the photo carousel above. And if you have photos from other OEVA events, or striking or funny pictures of your EV in a scenic location, please send those in too as we're always on the lookout for the right image to enhance our rapidly expanding website. Email photos or share a Google Drive album with Web@oeva.org.
Not only is there the 2024 Auto Show to look forward to, there are more events coming in 2023 for the OEVA and more opportunities for you to share your love of all things EV. Get more involved, its more fun that way!
Drive Electric Earth Day
Our Drive Electric Earth Day event for 2023 was cancelled due to issues with the venue. We're now focusing our efforts on our National Drive Electric Week Event this fall. We'll apply what we learn at National Drive Electric Weeks and have a great Drive Electric Earth Day event in 2024.