[Oeva-list] success and change

Kat Han kathyhan4 at gmail.com
Sun Nov 11 10:25:15 PST 2018


Thank you, Gary, for everything you have done for our EV community!  I hope
to see you when I visit home in the summers.

Kat

On Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 9:14 AM Gary Graunke <gary at whitecape.org wrote:

> We have seen a lot of changes since I first joined the OEVA in 2000. I
> recall my first meeting--someone from Bonneville brought a Ford EV Ranger
> just like the one I had just ordered from Damerow Ford in Beaverton. As
> Ford pulled out of the EV business after California ZEV mandates were
> abandoned, I never took delivery of that pickup. We struggled to find
> vehicles—a ‘94 US Eletricar Chevy S-10 from ebay  became my first EV. Most
> of our group were into drag racing, and our focus was on helping members do
> conversions. We were mostly engineers and technicians, doing it mostly just
> for the joy of EV driving and fun of exhilarating acceleration.
>
>
>
> Today it is difficult to keep up with the EV offerings from almost every
> automaker. Most of us are driving store-bought EV’s, some of which are
> changing the automotive industry in a big way. In the late 70’s, I could
> not find an EV just to go 6 miles to work and back. Today some of us easily
> drive across the country in a Tesla, and Electrify America is helping all
> the others catch up with the charging networks to be able to do long
> distance travel.
>
>
>
> Along the way we found more and more reasons to go with electric vehicles.
> Yes, EV’s help our national energy security and isolate our economy from
> oil shocks and inflation as we would have wanted in the 70’s. They keep
> driving affordable not only for those that drive EV’s and those that still
> depend on stable gas prices. They solve the air pollution problems for
> urban areas. We have learned that the current transportation paradigm based
> on combustion does not scale—it produces climate change that threatens not
> only our economic and political stability, will require us to make epic
> changes in a very short time just to survive.
>
>
>
> After hurricane Katrina, when gas first hit $3.00/gallon, my manager at
> Intel saw me with my Insight EV in the parking lot. He congratulated me for
> doing well in the face of rising gas prices with my EV. I replied that I
> was not a hermit—I live in civilization, and if the people around me are
> not doing well, I will not be doing well.
>
>
>
> We transitioned from an electric car club to a non-profit, where we now
> work mostly in public education and occasionally provide input for public
> policy.
>
> While most of us know first-hand the benefits and nuances of driving
> electric, we still do not do as well as when others around us also benefit
> from following us down the path of electrifying transportation and powering
> it from renewable resources. We are happy to share our joys and even our
> missteps with others. One way to be happy is to make others around you
> happy!
>
>
>
> The kind of work we now do is very different from the earlier days. We
> have become car salespeople and EV marketers! We have been successful and
> have great joy from seeing the changes that have taken place.  But we have
> changed and must continue to change to best serve the new opportunities
> that come our way. I am grateful that we have new people who have the
> necessary backgrounds that have stepped up to lead us in this new
> environment.
>
>
>
> Today is the 50th anniversary of my 19th birthday. While I still have the
> same can-do attitude I had when I was 19, I try to gracefully accept the
> changes I need to make as I age. My third (you may recall I lost the first
> two to cancer) wife, Gina, and I have decided to become snowbirds, and will
> be down in Arizona for the winter months.
>
>
>
> So I believe it is time for me to step down as president of the OEVA. I
> will continue to support the group in any way I can, but my participation
> will necessarily be limited by my new lifestyle. There is a time to lead, a
> time to follow, and a time to get out of the way. I will be participating
> in the Phoenix area EV group activities while I’m down here.
>
>
>
> I have full faith in the others that are in leadership positions, and am
> grateful for all their work in years past. We could never have done as much
> as we have without all their time and effort.
>
>
>
> I know many of you are capable people and hope that you will step up to
> continue and expand the EV opportunities in Oregon as officers or regular
> members.
>
>
>
> With best regards,
>
>
>
> Gary Graunke
>
>
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