WTS Monterey Bay Transportation Happy Hour: The Future of the Way We Move, Part 1: Electric Vehicles

On July 19, 2016, the Monterey Bay Area Programs Committee for the Chapter hosted an event at the Tesla Motors shop in Seaside. An intimate gathering of 14 attendees got an exciting glimpse into the future of transportation, including a presentation and demo of the Tesla cars available today and what the future holds, as well as a presentation from the Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance.

The evening’s moderator, Veronica Lezama, is a Transportation Planner with the Council of San Benito County Governments. Veronica has 13 years of professional transportation experience working with a variety of stakeholders to address community needs related to building healthier and sustainable communities through better policy, design and implementation of projects and programs. Veronica is an honoree of the 2013 Jefferson Awards for her volunteer work with farm worker families and students.

Sharon Sarris, founder and former co-chair of the Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance Electric Vehicles, kicked off the evening with a presentation on the past and future of Montereyauto transportation, especially electric and hybrid electric vehicles. The Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance (MBEVA), founded in 2009, is a California grassroots public-private partnership, whose overall mission is to promote rapid adoption of plug-in electric vehicles. Sharon presented the big picture about plug-in electric vehicles as well as details about electric models, how they work, the benefits, charging station infrastructure and government incentives.

Sean LaFond, Sales Manager at Tesla Monterey, revealed the Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan, which includes eventual world domination via the manufacturing of electric vehicle battery systems in their new plant in Sparks, Nevada. Tesla’s mission is accelerating the shift toward sustainable transport and energy consumption by producing the world’s best electric cars and energy storage systems. The night was capped off with rides in the latest Tesla Models S (sedan) and X (SUV). The Model S can go from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds, which feels like the initial descent from the top of a roller coaster.