While I was in New York, Elliot and his dad got to participate in National Drive Electric week. Plug In America organized an EV rally in Cupertino, and invited an official Guinness World Records adjudicator to come see if they would beat the current record for most EVs in one place (Stuttgart, Germany: 481 EVs).
They had to get up at 6am on a Saturday - but Elliot was motivated. They were giving away t-shirts, and he would get a chance to see Stella (the world's first family solar car).
Electric cars as far as the eye can see!
EV drivers patiently waiting their turn in the line-up
Elliot waits on top of FrankE
Guinness adjudicator counts our Fiat 500e (FrankE) as she rolls by
Elliot with Stella (aka "Honey, I shrunk the bus")
Stella the family solar car, up close and personal
Most fun of the day: driving an electric bathtub!
It looked for a while like they might not beat the record... but when the official tally came in, Cupertino had 507 EVs in attendance - 26 more than the 481 EVs recorded in Stuttgart.
Worse Than Poop!
Why is carbon dioxide worse than poop? Find out with the help of an 8-year-old science expert, the Green Ninja, and a fleet of pooping cars!
Today, humans are creating more than 38 billion tons of carbon pollution every year - in fact, over 2 million pounds of it gets spewed into the air every second. This massive amount of pollution is now threatening the climate that all life depends on, and in the US, almost a third of that pollution comes from transportation. But the problem with CO2 is that you can’t see it, you can’t smell it, you can’t taste it - and that makes it hard for people to take it seriously. But what if you could see it? What if the 19 pounds of crap coming out of your car’s tailpipe was... crap?
Elliot Ingle, a bespectacled 8-year old wearing a necktie and lab coat, takes us on a short journey to imagine just such a reality. Using a combination of live action video and animation, “Worse than Poop” will illustrate basic scientific facts (why DOES a gallon of gas produce 19 pounds of CO2? How is that possible - and where does it go?). It will also work to undermine some outmoded cultural norms (what’s a better status symbol - a poo-spattered Lexus or a spiffy clean Tesla - or a fun shiny bike with a cool sidecar?). Featuring mom’s minivan (one pound of poo per mile!), the lumbering Suburban (19 pounds of poop in only 10 miles!), the Tesla S (faster than a speeding Captain Underpants!), the Nissan Leaf, the Mitsubishi i, and a flotilla of electric and people-powered bicycles and scooters, “Worse than Poop” will engage children ages 5-12 in the most important issue of our time: rejection of the fossil fuel lifestyle.
It’s bound to make a difference. I mean, what kid doesn’t love talking about poop?
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