Earlier this week, I got invited to be an EV Ambassador for the California Better Ride campaign. The first event was yesterday, at Google headquarters in Mountain View. I decided to go because it was close by, and I figured it might give me an opportunity to promote Worse Than Poop! Plus I'm always going on & on about how much I love my Fiat 500e - so I thought it made sense to go to a place where someone might actually listen.
The event was smack in the middle of a school day, so unfortunately Elliot wasn't able to join me. But I had a lot of fun. I got to test-drive a Smart EV, and to chat with a lot of very smart people. Over lunch, for instance, I had an interesting conversation about the future of transportation with a fellow named Seth, who rides an electric skateboard and works on the Google autonomous car project. I even got to ride a Google bike!
The Google campus is a pretty amazing place - part theme park, part office park. They had a catered lunch - with multiple cuisines on offer, plus an ice cream truck - in the parking lot. Probably the most surreal experience was during a conversation with a Google employee about the Tesla rangers who came to his house to repair his Model S: over his shoulder, I spotted a group of six people pedaling down the street on a bright yellow contraption. The Google employee didn't bat an eye, and explained that it was a mobile conference room.
Once this project is over, I might have to go get a job at Google. I hear they have an environmental non-profit wing...