Attending an EVent in Los Gatos

The first task of the day was to button up our project site and prepare for the rain that is forecasted for tomomrrow (Sunday).

Then, Bryan was scheduled to attend an EVent in Los Gatos that Mike Calise was hosting to raise awareness of electric vehicle charging stations that could become part of the Los Gatos General Plan.

Preparing for Rain

In general, the site was looking good and there is a 30% chance of rain in the forecast.  Yesterday, the team from Statewide Roofing completed the ‘bottom layer’ of membrane on all of the flat roof sections.  In addition, they put in the 13 downspouts through the SIP roofs, which were provided by Wildcat Metals.  There were a couple seams where the transition from the gable roof to membrane could gather water.  And the skylights were not in.

Bryan made a quick trip to the Home Depot and bought a roll of Tyvek tape.  With the tape, he ensured the transition on the gable roofs to the membrane was seamless (so to speak).  And he covered up the four skylights with extra membrane so the rain will not enter the house.

We’re ready for the showers tomorrow.

Attending an EVent in Los Gatos

Mike Calise, an independent cleantech advisor for EVadvise (mike@EVadvise.com) is involved with electric vehicles (EVs) and their associated infrastructure.  One of the major barriers to the widespread adoption of all-electric vehicles is the short battery life, which limits the range of EVs between charges.  And, it takes time to charge an EV (unlike filling up a tank of gas quickly).

On July 31, 2010, we put down a deposit on a Nissan LEAF, so we are very interesting in seeing EV charging stations everywhere.  We enjoy being ‘early adopters’ of technology and new products.

Currently, the Town of Los Gatos is completing their 2020 General Plan and Section 9 Environment and Sustainability Element includes actions on providing and supporting EV charging stations and preferred parking for EVs.

Mike and Donna Calise hosted an informational session at their home on Edelen Avenue in Los Gatos where they had Mike DiNucci of Coulomb Technologies educate the attendees regarding the projected adoption of EVs and the associated infrastructure that will be required.  Coulomb Technologies offers the ChargePoint family of products, which provide an easy to use, comprehensive platform for utilities, municipalities and corporations to deliver EV charging.

A number of interested residents attended the EVent.  There were several members from the West Valley Green Leaf Committee there, as well as Ira Spector (husband of the former mayor of Los Gatos, Barbara Spector) and current Town Council Candidate, Steven Leonardis.

The objective of the meeting was to share knowledge regarding EVs and the associated infrastructure in order to provide additional input to the Town Council at their meeting on Monday, September 20.  Currently, the language in the 2020 General Plan regarding EV charging stations is somewhat weak and Los Gatos has an opportunity to strengthen the language and establish a mandate to support the adoption of EVs.  Each person attending the meeting will be allotted three minutes to speak in the council chambers.

We believe that, by providing EV charging stations in Los Gatos, the town could become a destination for EVs and their associated spending in local businesses. ‘Range anxiety’ limits EVs to local travel and known charging stations.  The demographics and purchasing power of individuals that will own EVs is very attractive to the businesses located in Los Gatos, so providing EV charging stations and preferred parking could bring those individuals to Los Gatos and benefit our local businesses.

This message needs to be communicated to Los Gatos Town Council so they can strengthen the wording in the 2020 General Plan.

We will be including two 50 amp 240 volt circuits in our garage so we can charge two electric vehicles simultaneously.

Mike and Donna Calise hosted an EVent in their back yard on Edelin Avenue in Los Gatos.

Mike and Donna Calise hosted an EVent in their back yard on Edelen Avenue in Los Gatos.

Mike DiNucci providing an overview of electric vehicle adoption in the U.S. and associated infrastructure requirements.

Mike DiNucci providing an overview of electric vehicle adoption in the U.S. and associated infrastructure requirements.

Mike Calise, left, taking notes to prepare for the Los Gatos Town Council meeting.

Mike Calise, left, taking notes to prepare for the Los Gatos Town Council meeting.

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