Fleet of Electric Vehicles Shuttles Island Energy Conference Guests

posted on May 8th, 2017 by in Category: Uncategorized

Drive Electric Maine sponsors this first ever EV “taxi fleet”

(Portland, ME) April 28, 2017: The 7th Annual Island Energy Conference (IEC), hosted by the Island Institute, kicked off in Portland on April 27th and attendees arrived at the opening reception in style. A fleet of five electric vehicles (EVs) shuttled attendees between Portland’s Holiday Inn by the Bay and the opening reception at Rising Tide Brewery.

The Drive Electric Maine EV stakeholder group provided the electric vehicle shuttle service. Drive Electric Maine is managed by Maine Clean Communities, a program of the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) and  ReVision Energy’s EV Division.

The 2017 Island Energy Conference included 150 island leaders and energy experts from New England, Japan, Alaska, and Hawaii in discussions on common energy challenges and the resources available to address them.

This event showcases Maine island communities as increasingly prominent national leaders in energy innovation, and each year brings people from around the world to Portland to learn.  This year’s event highlighted how islands are charting the course toward a sustainable energy future; mapping out their transitions to clean energy systems that strengthen local communities and economies.

“Maine’s island communities are often seen as microcosms, responding to complex challenges such as energy before others on the mainland,” says Harry Podolsky,  Island Institute Community Energy Associate.  “Their residents are known for finding creative solutions to problems, and the opportunity to utilize practical, cutting-edge electric vehicle technology to travel to the conference is a fitting example of this innovative spirit.”

“Mainers use considerably more energy for transportation on a per-person basis than any other state in New England, at significant financial and environmental cost,” says Benjamin Lake, Maine Clean Communities Coordinator. “Maine Clean Communities and Drive Electric Maine are excited to partner with the Island Institute on this fun event to help show how electric and other alternatively-fueled vehicles can be part of the solution.”

“Besides providing a better driving experience, electric vehicles can be powered with cheaper, cleaner energy we produce ourselves, like solar, making them an ideal solution for islands as well as the mainland,” says Barry Woods, Director of Electric Vehicle Innovation at ReVision Energy.

About Island Institute: The Island Institute is a 34-year-old nonprofit organization based in Rockland, Maine that works to sustain Maine’s island and remote coastal communities by strengthening community economies, enhancing education and leadership, and sharing solutions. For more information, visit http://www.islandinstitute.org/.

About Drive Electric Maine: The Drive Electric Maine stakeholder group leverages private sector involvement to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles (EV) and EV infrastructure for businesses and institutions. The group, co-managed by Maine Clean Communities, a program of the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) and  ReVision Energy’s EV Division brings stakeholders together to enhance benefits for employers and attract EV-related business and tourist investment to Maine. Find out more at http://www.gpcog.org/energy/maine-clean-communities/electric-vehicles/drive-electric-maine/