Our first Electrify Expo live show in Orange County!

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It’s packaging, folks! The very first Electrify Expo live show was last weekend at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA, and I’m still recovering. More … than Nineteen thousand people showed up to the event, with around 4,000 of them even before the doors opened on Saturday morning. The message they sent to everyone who paid attention: the e-mobility revolution is here!

While we were there, I had the chance to interview Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan, as well as California State Senator David Min and several key people in the micro-brands of electric cars and mobility. most exciting electrics, including the absolutely bonkers 50 MPH Xion CyberX. We also looked at offers from Rad Power, a CleanTechnica favorite, and many more that deserve loud cries. It will be a few more days before all of these are edited and ready to go, but I’ll try to give you an idea below of what you might have missed if you weren’t here.

Series 1 MOSH / TRIBUTE

Serial 1 unveiled its latest Harley-Davidson-inspired electric bike on the Electrify Expo stage. And, if you think this bike looks great in the photos, your jaw will drop when you see it in person. Everything is as it should be, and it is absolutely true to the spirit of the original Series 1 Heritage concept, with detail changes made as necessary to keep the price below the target price of $ 5,999. Even so, the cable management, lacquer finish, and contact points – especially the Brooks saddle and leather grips – are perfect.

“I think we’ve bought each of these Brooks saddles in the world,” said Aaron Frank of Serial 1, who was responsible for the original concept and limited production for the MOSH / TRIBUTE. “We bought all of Brooks England from the UK and ended up calling individual dealers in the US to try and buy individual seats as well.”

I had the chance to sit down with Aaron at the Expo and talk a little more about his vision for the brand and MOSH / TRIBUTE as well. If you’re considering picking one up, however, you won’t want to wait until the interview is over – as I type this, the MOSH / TRIBUTE is sold out in full size, with only a few midframe examples. . Act fast!

AEM Testang

Life is full of surprises, and I was quite surprised when I stumbled upon the fully flyable AEM Testang at the show, along with AEM’s Lawson Mollica.

Lawson explained that the 470 HP car was officially registered as a Tesla in California, and the trip to register it was his easiest DMV experience ever. “Normally when you do an engine swap there are inspections and you need all kinds of forms. With that, they just said, ‘Oh, aren’t there any shows?’ and rubber stamped it. We are done in thirty minutes. It’s a Tesla now.

If you’ve ever tried building a project car from two other cars, you already understand that this reveal is an absolute game changer, so look for even more EV conversions and restorations from your favorite hot rod builders in the years to come.

Mini Cooper SE hardtop

We’re not giving the all-electric Mini Cooper SE a ton of love here CleanTechnica. Whether it’s because the car’s small-sized battery limits it to 110 miles of range or because it’s not as fast as a Tesla Plaid or Audi e-Tron GT is unclear. I’ll say this though: After driving this affordable little sedan through Orange County for a while, the Mini occupies a parcel more mental real estate than before.

Matt and I also had the chance to sit down with Steve Carrabis from Mini USA and talk about the Mini Cooper SE, the Countryman Plug-in Hybrid SUV and the future of electrification at Mini. He was an excellent interviewee, with a ton of passion for the brand, who might be just convincing enough to get you to put the Mini on your bucket list “to drive”. Stay tuned for it.

Polestar 1

Yes, it’s me – but you already expected me to try and take a picture of myself with a Polestar 1, because I’m an absolute freak, not quite a Volvo C90 T8 Recharge hybrid supercar. Truthfully, it looks a bit like a Concorde-class Mustang, in the best sense of the word, and I won’t have anything objective to say about it. This is the car I want, right now, and I’m really won over by all of its clever details, matte metallic paint, high contrast seat belts, exposed cables and (of course) its straight line speed. .

I didn’t have the opportunity to interview anyone at Polestar or their parent company, Volvo Cars, over the weekend. Despite this, both companies had several electric vehicles available for road tests and we will have an interview (as well as a more in-depth review of the award-winning Polestar 2) coming soon.

CSC Monterey

When Honda introduced an electric Honda Cub concept in 2017, we expected to have to wait for it. Four years later, we’re still waiting, but that wait may be over – if we’re not too specific about the badge our Cub wears, of course. Meet the CSC Monterey, an affordable electric scooter that shamelessly takes inspiration from the 2021 Honda Cub with ICE 125cc engine, but delivers on the all-electric promise of the 2017 Honda concept.

While I loved the bike more than once, I couldn’t make my way through an essay on the pre-production Montereys CSC brought to the show – and the loss is mine. The plastics and contact points are all of much better quality than you might expect for $ 2,195 (entirely $ 1,500 less than the Honda), and only the “chrome” around the headlights and side panel. gives the advantageous selling price of the step -through the bike. From 10 ′ away, you would never know they weren’t made of metal.

I wish I could give you some driving impressions, but you’re going to have to be content with guesswork for now. Maybe they’ll let me ride one at the next Electrify Expo in Miami?

Hyundai NEXO HFC

Hyundai presented itself ready to establish itself as the industry plug-in leader with a massive footprint, a large tent and the alone hydrogen fuel cell vehicle testing at the show. I had read a few times about the Hyundai NEXO FCV, but had never seen one in person (let alone driven). With the newly refreshed Hyundai Kona electric vehicles, Hyundai looked impressive.

Equally impressive was Derek Joyce, former director of product development at Hyundai and current public relations manager for automotive products and strategy. He sat down with us for a fun interview where we got to take the machine home all the way back to 1992 when a Hyundai Scoupe Turbo 1.5 won its class at Pike’s Peak. It was the first year I really paid attention to it, and it prepared me for a lifelong love for Pike’s Peak International Hillclimb, where electric vehicles have always shone. I’ll post this here in a few days, so be careful.

Aventura X

One of the show’s hits, the retro-styled Aventura X electric scooters have plastic bodies where Vespa and Royal Alloy use steel, but the reviews end there. The bikes are beautiful, affordable, and everyone I’ve seen sitting on one was grinning from ear to ear. The sidecar scooter, in particular, had a long line of people being photographed for the ‘Gram’ during the two days of the event.

When it comes to the bike itself, the Aventura X is largely a simple scooter, with the batteries taking up the storage space under the seat usually reserved for helmets and groceries. An interesting tip, however, is the ability to swap out the LG case-shaped battery once it runs out. If you’re that inclined, you can keep a battery on charge while at work, so the bike is always cool when you get home at the end of the working day. If you’re a restaurant or courier, you can always have a fully charged battery or two on hand so your delivery staff never run out of juice – plenty to think about here.

Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen was another automaker with a strong presence at the show, and its ID.4 crossovers were popular test vehicles, circulating hundreds of spectators around the Electrify Expo test track during the two days of the event. As fun as anyone got to drive and drive Volkswagen’s electric vehicles, the real impressive statistic was this: after 10 hours of driving at low speed, often full of passengers, the ID.4s still had around 50%. of their load. at the end of the day.

This is a very impressive statement about using the electric vehicle as a patrol or application platform, and that the Volkswagen was able to perform this well and reliably without any tailpipe emissions? It’s a reminder of how far VW has come since its diesel years – and we’re glad it’s here.

As for me, I have hours of interviews to edit and dozens of photos to process, but I’ll be back with more original content and industry talk in the coming days. Keep checking. If you missed the Electrify Expo in California, you can still catch next month’s live show in Miami, Florida, and the November show in Austin, TX at the Circuit of the Americas. If you were there, scroll down to the comments and let us know what you thought!

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