Drive Electric Earth Month

Drive Electric Earth Month
Solar Power Your EV
Asheville, NC
Apr 24, 2021

Note: This is an online only event with no physical location.
Day: Saturday, April 24, 2021 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am EDT
Audience: Asheville, NC, Local Area
Panelists: Dave Erb
Host: Blue Ridge Electric Vehicle Club
Recording: view the recorded presentation.
Topics: EV 101
Energy Grid
Home Charging
Solar and EVs
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2021.

Event Report

Solar Power Your EV was a Zoom meeting hosted by the Blue Ridge EV Club, a affiliated chapter of the Electric Auto Association located in Western North Carolina. Joe Baum (secretary) moderated the meeting. Dave Erb, retired professor and automotive engineer, made the presentation and answered questions. The talk was about 35 minutes long with question & answer about 30 minutes long.

Thirty-nine participants were on-line during the event and of the registered audience drive plug-in EV (per the registration data). (Note: Ninety-nine attendees registered.) There was a lot of engagement on the chat line and questions were taken from the chat including those about sustainability, photovoltaic orientation, cost, supplemental battery storage, panels on the car and grid interactions. A recording was made and posted to the Blue Ridge EV Club YouTube channel.

photo by: Joe Baum
Dave Erb, retired professor and automotive engineer, providing insights on electric vehicle energy demands and solar energy fundamentals.

Event Description


An electric vehicle can be the gateway to a more sustainable lifestyle. Many have found that installing solar panels is the next step.

This Earth Day, the Blue Ridge Electric Vehicle Club celebrates the tremendous synergy between electric transportation and energy from the sun. This online event will address "What does it mean to run an EV on Solar Electricity?" 

What is the difference between energy and power? How much energy does a solar panel produce? How much do I need? What does it cost? This talk will take a look at the basics. There will be ample time for questions and answers from attendees (submitted with chat feature).

Presenting will be Dave Erb, retired automotive engineer, EV enthusiast and owner, EV drag racer, and Mechatronics lecturer from UNC-Asheville.

Driving with sunshine is a feeling of freedom. You can have this too!

Registered Attendees

There are currently 99 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Bolt 11
Tesla Model 3 8
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 6
Chevrolet Volt 5
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 5
Tesla Model Y 4
Chevy Spark EV 2
Ford C-MAX Energi 2
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid 2
Audi e-tron 1
EV Conversion 1
Ioniq Electric 1
Jaguar I-Pace 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid AWD 1
Tesla Model S 1
Toyota Prius Prime 1
17 Models 53

Registered attendees report 1,101,664 electric miles driven.

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