The Phoenix chapter of the Electric Automobile Association participated in an event this last weekend, and they asked me to bring along the Z3 for display. The event is held every year and is principally a swap meet for auto parts and car enthusiasts. But the local EV group have space reserved year to year in order to display the local member's EVs.
It was Saturday and Sunday, 6 hours long each day, and very well attended. Granted most of the people walking by didn't come to see EVs. Instead they were there to try and find the matching hub cap for their 57 Ford or something like that. Even still, a surprising number of people stopped and looked over each car and asked questions. The great thing was that a lot of these people are of the sort that have at least one car project going at all times. When they saw the home built/conversion EVs and it sparked some interest. At least 3 guys told me they were considering an EV build after seeing the cars on display. There was one guy that thought I was an idiot for having "ruined" such a great car. I should say there was one guy who openly said as much. There were probably others that thought it. But, to each his own. I hope he remembers my little EV next time he's pumping gas at $3.60/gallon.
There were a total of 3 Nissan Leafs that made it out. The owner of one of the Leafs also brought out his Chevy Volt, which he'd picked up in California just a few weeks ago. That was my first look at a Volt. Nice car, but since I didn't get to drive it, I can't comment on anything about it. There were 3 Pius's also in attendance that had been modified to have approximately a 40 mile range on battery power alone. Here's a smattering of some of the other cars that made it.
I didn't get the chance to snap pictures of all the cars, but it was really rather impressive. What surprised me were the number of people that had, or will soon have, more than one EV. Six, by my count! That helps to strengthen the my argument that we should get an EV for our teenage daughter :) She only drives 8 miles a day, maximum, so an EV would be perfect.
Driving the car clear out to Glendale (a 32 mile trip) was completely worth it. I had a great time, got to show off he Z3 and meet some other genuine EV enthusiasts.