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Monday, July 26, 2010

Carolyn presents on EV panel, Wednesday July 28th

Sustainable San Rafael presents:

Achieving Zero Emission Transportation:
Climate Cool Options for Your Next Car (or Bike)

The Marin Youth Center
Map to 1115 Third Street, San Rafael
7pm, Wednesday, July 28th, 2010


Why Electric Vehicles Make Sense and What You Can Buy this Year
Dale Miller (SF Electric Vehicle Association)

Mainstreaming EVs: The Nissan ‘Leaf’
Ron Coury (Northbay Nissan)

Converting Your Current Hybrid to Plug-In
Carolyn Coquillette (Luscious Garage)

Re-thinking Your Transportation Needs with an Electric Bike
Spokey Godfrey (The Bicycle Works, San Anselmo)

Learn why Electric Vehicles—from bikes to roadsters—are key to transitioning off carbon and achieving Marin’s and San Rafael’s Climate Change Action Plan objectives. Plugging your EV into rooftop solar panels or Marin Clean Energy’s deep green electricity gets you most of the way towards the 10/10 Goals that scientists say we must meet to reverse climate change—reducing our carbon footprints by 10% for each of the next 10 years. (Not to mention that EVs are fun and affordable, and you’ll never pump another gallon of gas from BP or other oil companies.)

Donations appreciated, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Program at 7:00 pm. Gather at 6:30 for cookies and popcorn.

1115 Third Street, San Rafael

Sustainable San Rafael, San Francisco Electric Vehicle Association, Interfaith Power & Light, The Marin Youth Center, Sustainable Marin

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Carolyn presents at CARS conference in Las Vegas

CARS stands for Congress of Auto Repair and Service, a conference sponsored by the Automotive Service Association (ASA).  Combined with NACE (the interNational Autobody Congress and Exhibition) and SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association), we are talking a deluge of letters *and* auto service professionals on the desert sands of Vegas. 

imageLuscious Garage is featured in two sessions:

Successful Shop Ownership - Tips from Women Owners of Thriving Shops
Thursday, November 5th, 4-5:30p
With panelists: Kim White (moderator), Geri Kottschade, Camille Eber, Jennifer Justice-Haley

“Get tips and techniques from a panel of successful female shop owners - hear what they do in their own shops that contributes to their business success.”

How to Make “Green” Profitable for Your Shop
Friday, November 6th, 4-5:30p

“Learn tips for being green and more efficient in your shop environment. Discover how green practices (and a green reputation) can add to your shop’s bottom line.”

Many thanks to ASA for the invitation and the opportunity.  Stay tuned for pics and a PDF link to my presentation notes.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Carolyn presents on plug-ins for Perfect Sky’s “train the trainer”

Thanks again to Jack Rosebro of Perfect Sky hybrid training for the invitation to teach and for promoting the crux and potential of hybrid technology.  The “train the trainer” 3-day course took place at Skyline College, home to one of the best automotive training programs in the country, and included instructors from all over North America.  Carolyn lectured for 75 minutes on plug-in conversion history, system architecture, benefits, and technical challenges, and demonstrated the PICC system currently available from LG with test drives in the shop car.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Farewell Julia!

Luscious Garage is blessed by an extended community of supporters, local and beyond.  My sincere thanks to Julia Langholt, budding graduate of my alma mater Hawken School, back in Cleveland OH, for her dedicated service as volunteer/intern.  Today she completed her “senior project” exploring small business, green business, hybrid technology, and California culture, to influence her pursuit of mechanical engineering at Ohio State University.  For more on Julia’s experience, check out her blog:

My Luscious Blog via blogspot.com


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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Carolyn speaks at Lincoln High School EV Club

Many thanks to the San Francisco Electric Vehicle Association for their ongoing mentorship at Lincoln High School this past year.  Five seniors have refurbished three electric scooters during after-school hours with help from Mark Albers, Secretary of the SFEVA, and other members; the program is lead by Lincoln photography teacher Jack Alter.  I was asked to present on EV battery technology and my experience with both lead acid and nickel metal hydride chemistries in EV applications.  Topics also included hybrid and plug-in hybrid architecture to expand students’ thinking on how to design different EV platforms. 

The afternoon ended with a test drive of their finished Vego scooters (they work great!) and a demo of LG’s plug-in Prius.


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