ANNOUNCING: Interest Area - Electric Vehicles

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ANNOUNCING: Interest Area - Electric Vehicles

Hi all,
  This post announces the creation of an Electric Vehicles Interest Area. The purpose of this post is to get this special interest group going but I expect, and hope, that it will evolve as input comes in from those participating.

In this post I’ll cover:
- What’s IA-EV all about
- Why an interest group for electric vehicles
- What are the topics for discussion
- What format will it take
- When will we meet
- How can I join

About IA-EV
It’s a special interest group for people interested in Electric Vehicles. To keep the terminology as we use it in LoveAdmin and generally on the website this is known as an "Interest Area". You can find the home page for the area here.

Why an interest group for electric vehicles
I’ve been threatening to set up something along these lines since joining the LT in early 2021. But now seems as good a time as any. We have legislation affecting all new car sales, that’s coming in 2030, along with clean air zones in many major cities. More and more of us are buying EV’s or hybrids and there’s much discussion about what Caterham will do as an EV product along with how existing owners might look to convert their cars to be an EV.

Interest Area Format 
This interest area will take the form of BlatChat posts and Zoom Meetings. I also propose we discuss whether there is the desire to have a WhatsApp channel or a Facebook Group or some other channel created.

Topics for discussion
This will be a fluid agenda as hopefully the years go by, but we will start off with the following main items:

1. Introductions by new attendees
2. What’s new in the EV world
3. Thoughts on Caterham’s plans for EV
4. Seven Conversions

Whilst this group is interested in what is happening in the broader EV world we are focussed on Caterham and Lotus Sevens specifically. This is not the place to ask whether to buy a VW or a Tesla, though I'm sure BlatChat will be more than happy to offer an opinion on that if you like a Caterham owner's perspective.
 
Meetings
- On BlatChat in the regular forums
- On Zoom, on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8:00PM
- Hopefully we can organise some in-person meetings too

Zoom details will be mailed out to those that have signed up to the IA (see “How Can I Join”).

How to join
You can join the group in one of two ways.
1. You can add the area to your Love Admin profile. This video explains how to do that if you don’t know how.
2. Send an email to ev@caterhamlotus7.club and we’ll add the area to your LoveAdmin profile. Please make sure you send your request from the email that’s registered with the club as we’ll use that to verify that you are a member.

And a final note. If you have something else you’d like to be discussed on this topic then please respond below. Or if you think we’re doing it wrong then please do the same or DM me. Or, finally, if you want to help out then please DM me (Purplemeanie) or email me at john.martin@purplemeanie.co.uk.

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Thanks, John.

I hope that it goes well.

Joined. See you there.

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When we have discussed channels in the past I have asked that we don't use Facebook or WhatsApp because of their wider harmful effects on the world. Some other Members have agreed.

Jonathan

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I second Jonathan's latter comment above. I don't and won't use Facebook.

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Thanks for signing up folks. We have 7 people joined the group so far.

Jonathan and Dave, your comments are duly noted.

I've also been asked to confirm when the first meeting will be. It will be on Tuesday, October 11th at 8PM.

John

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Is this just a discussion group, or there a higher aim to try to inform CC approach? I could be interested, given Ive had a 7 for 20 years decades and have an EV tintop.     

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Just signed up too, note that whilst I use WA, I don't use FB. Happy to use Zoom if more acceptable.

Club IT Lead, former Seven and 21 owner

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Hi Tom (#5),

  for my part it is mainly a discussion and self help group. Discussion about the issues but also help for people thinking (or doing) an EV conversion. However, I hope that what we learn along the way will be interesting to CC. If I were CC I'd be very interested in what we're talking about!

John

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