National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Watts, CA
Sep 08, 2018

Day: Saturday, September 8, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Location: Watts, CA 90002
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Event Report

This year was certainly bigger and more active
than our previous events, and there were a couple of important reasons.

First, the participation of Tesla in a low-income community of color when the
other dealers who had committed to come failed to show sent a powerful
message. Tesla is the only car company in our market that has
put all its eggs in the electric basket. Nissan still spends some ten times
the money on advertising Titans and Rogues than it does on LEAFs. And Tesla's
new Model 3 is handily walking away with their lunch money. A couple of owners
brought Tesla's as well, and I think there's a bit of a message in a person of
color driving a Tesla and showing up in Watts to talk to the community about
it. And Jamie with the Tesla Roadster came back for the second year in a row.

The second reason our event marks a leap forward is the switch that was
flipped on our new solar array at St. John's United Methodist Church. This shows
the community in Watts getting its act together and joining the clean energy
future. The organizing gambit in putting an EV event in Watts is to challenge
the easy assumption that a low-income community is naturally going to take a
back seat when it comes to new technology. This is one low-income community
that doesn't agree. LADWP Commissioner Aura Vasquez and former Commissioner
William Funderburk spoke powerfully about the advocacy of the Watts
Clean Air and Energy Committee bringing more solar, more energy efficiency
upgrades and more car chargers to Watts. Our group will be speaking before
the Commission in the coming months to get them to reverse their neglect of
communities in South LA. We're still far behind the richer parts
of LA, and we don't feel like putting up with it.

And State Assemblyman Mike Gipson and Congresswoman Nanette Barragan sent
staff representatives and gave certificates of recognition to members of the Watts
Clean Air and Energy Committee.

photo by: Corey Burns
Pastor Dozier addresses KTLA TV during the Third Watts Electric Car Drive & Ride with several EV's in the background.

More photos from this event.

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