Press Conference and “Revenge of the Electric Car” Events – Portland, May 2012

Outreach and Education

Electric Vehicle Display and Press Conference:On May 21, 2012 Maine Clean Communities and the Sierra Club of Maine held a press conference outside One Longfellow Square in Portland to announce the showing of the film “Revenge of the Electric Car” the following night, highlight the availability of EVs in Maine, tout their environmental and petroleum reduction benefits, and discuss the EV-related work being done by Maine Clean Communities in the Greater Portland Region.

Representative Chellie Pingree, Adam Lee of Lee Auto Malls and John Carroll from Central Maine Power joined Steve Linnell from Maine Clean Communities and Glenn Brand of the Sierra Club of Maine.

Steve Linnell, Maine Clean Communities

Glenn Brand, Sierra Club of Maine

Representative Chellie Pingree and her Chevy Volt

John Carroll, CMP

Electric Bucket Truck - Courtesy of CMP

To listen to the MPBN news story click here!

To read the Portland Phoenix news story click here!

“Revenge of the Electric Car” Film Event:On May 22nd, approximately 90 people joined Maine Clean Communities and the Sierra Club of Maine for an EV display with seven EV and Hybrid Electric Plug-In Vehicles and the Maine Premiere of the film “Revenge of the Electric Car” at One Longfellow Square in Portland.

The film is a follow-up to the very successful “Who Killed the Electric Car” which chronicled the demise of the Electric Vehicle (EV) market and destruction of electric cars in the early 1990s. The newest film follows four entrepreneurs battling from inside GM, Nissan, Tesla and a private business who stake everything on the comeback of the electric car.

To watch the movie trailer CLICK HERE!

“Revenge of the Electric Car” is now available on Netflix and other movie rental franchises.

Thank you to our Financial Sponsors for making this event possible!
Central Maine Power
Lee Auto Malls
ReVision Energy

Additional thanks to:

CMP for lending their electric bucket truck and Chevy Volt
Lee Auto Malls for lending their Toyota Plug-In Hybrid and Nissan Leaf
ReVision Energy for lending their Chevy Volt and electric charging unit
Marc Lausier for lending his Nissan Leaf
Representative Chellie Pingree for lending her Chevy Volt
Bobby Monks for lending his Tesla EV Roadster
Eaton Corporation for lending their electric charging unit

Movie Event Pictures

Tesla Roadster courtesy of Bobby Monks


Nissan Leaf - Courtesy of Marc Lausier

Nissan Leaf - Courtesy of Lee Auto

Toyota Plug-In Hybrid - Courtesy of Lee Auto Malls

EV Movie Goers Check out the EVs

Chevy Volt with Charging Unit - Courtesy of Revision Energy

Chevy Volt – Courtesy of Phil Coupe, Revision Energy


Electric Vehicle Stakeholder Group

Maine Clean Communities (MC2) has formed an impressive stakeholder group assembled to determine the current status of Electric Vehicles (EVs), Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles, and charging infrastructure in the Greater Portland Region. An EV Feasibility Study was completed in October, 2011 and focused on answering questions related to permitting, infrastructure, outreach, education, safety, sales and availability of EVs and Plug-In Hybrids in the region.

Click here to read the Feasibility Study.

Members of the Stakeholder Group include the following:

Kelly Arata, Maine Department of Transportation
Jamie Braaten, General Electric
Andy Cadot, Attorney at Law
John Carroll, Central Maine Power
Lynn Cayting, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Calen Colby, Colby Engineering
Nelson Collins, Assistant State Fire Marshall
Jamie Cough, Central Maine Power
Mike Desautels, EATON
Bill Drinkwater,
Wayne Krauth, Insurance Automation Group
Adam Lee, Lee Auto Malls
Chris Lepp, General Electric
Steve Linnell, GPCOG/MC2
Tony O’Malley, EATON
David Patterson, Mitsubishi Motors
Jennifer Puser, GPCOG/MC2
Joan Saxe, Sierra Club
Marge Schmuckal, City of Portland

The stakeholder group broke up into several work groups that met over several months beginning in April, 2011. A Feasibility Study report was completed in September, 2011 and a final meeting of the stakeholder group was held in the beginning of October, 2011.

Maine Clean Communities joined with ten other Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states in a joint grant proposal under the U.S. Department of Energy‘s Federal Funding Opportunity entitled “Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure.” This grant proposal was successful and MC2 is currently working to expand our planning and policy work related to EVs, Plug-In Hybrids and deployment plans for EV infrastructure across the state.

The project focuses on five areas in each of the eleven states. These include:

1) Creation of a Stakeholder Group; (completed in Maine)
2) A report on barriers to deployment of EVs and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE i.e. charging stations); (completed regionally)
3) Creation of siting and design guidelines for EVSE;
4) Creation of model permitting, zoning and local government ordinances; and
5) Education and outreach activities (one event completed in Maine – see above)

 Check back soon to find out more about our progress!

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