OCA Special Presentation on the Electric Vehicle Revolution

Why All the Excitement About EVs?

January 27, 2022 | 6:30 — 8 pm

If you’ve been thinking about electric vehicles but have questions or just want to learn more, join Olympic Climate Action member Tony Billera for a virtual program on EVs on January 27, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by Olympic Climate Action, a grass-roots group seeking a safe, prosperous, sustainable future for residents of the Olympic Peninsula by addressing the threat of climate change.

Total Port Angeles Emissions for 2019

With glaciers in the Olympic Mountains and around the world disappearing, and extreme weather events like floods, droughts, fires, and heat domes becoming routine news, climate change is already leaving its destructive imprint on our region, the planet and all its occupants. Scientists tell us we must rapidly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the most severe impacts. In the rural North Olympic Peninsula, emissions inventories conducted recently by local governments show that transportation is the largest source of carbon dioxide. For example, Port Angeles’ recent inventory revealed that transportation is the source of 68% of the community’s total carbon dioxide emissions (see chart). So electric vehicles are a big part of the solution.

Billera will review the history of EVs, the rapidly expanding choices, home and public charging networks, and battery technology and recycling. He’ll also cover purchasing incentives, EV performance, and the low maintenance—since they have many fewer parts than internal combustion engines. As an EV owner, he’ll also talk about what it’s like to drive and maintain EVs.

 “After owning EVs since 2017 for over 75,000 miles, I can unequivocally say that EVs exceed my combustion engine experiences in every way,” Billera said. He added that he enjoys the acceleration from their instant torque and superior handling with EVs because of their low center of gravity.

White car charging while man checks phone.

After a career in telecom, cellular services and IT, Billera and his wife recently moved to Port Angeles after living on Whidbey Island and Seattle. He is currently a Senior Director at the Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions, a Seattle-based think tank where he focuses on reducing traffic and related emissions through technology and the transition to transportation electrification.

As a long-term nature-lover, Billera has been a climate activist for more than a decade, including with the NOAA Climate Stewards,  Citizens Climate Lobby and Carbon WA, and volunteering for local sustainability efforts such as Port Angeles’ Greenhouse Gas study and Climate Resiliency project. 

Due to COVID, the presentation will be via Zoom, on January 27, 2022, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
For details contact speaker Tony Billera at olydriveelectric@gmail.com
The presentation will last less than an hour, leaving time for Q & A.
For additional information on EVs see: https://jeffersoncan.org/electric-vehicles/.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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