Electric Mobility Is About More Than Teslas! by Chris Benz

Yes, there were plenty of Teslas at the September 25 Electric Mobility event, but there was so much more. This year the event, part of National Drive Electric Week and sponsored by the Napa Sierra Club, Récolte Energy, and MCE, was held at the American Canyon Walmart Supercenter. (PHOTO) Sierra Club Student Intern Eva Pelayo checks out an electric Avanti.


Napa Group Chair Nick Cheranich pedaled his E-bike down from Napa. He was joined by Rick and Ray who also rode down from Napa on E-bikes converted from non-electric bicycles. Ray did the conversions in 2015. “I didn’t expect to get the battery longevity, but they’re still running and we’re able to ride from Napa to St. Helena and back with cruise control.” (PHOTO) Rick and Ray with their converted E-bikes.

NVTA brought one of it’s bright and beautiful electric buses. They also brought information on V-Commute, a travel demand program that helps one get around without driving.

The City of American Canyon showed off a Ford E-Transit All Electric Cargo Van. Brian Materne explained that the van will be used for building maintenance. “The City also has 3 Ford Escape Hybrids and we’ve ordered 4 Ford Lightening F150 pick-up trucks.” (PHOTO) Brian Materne and Student Intern Pelayo with the electric Cargo Van.