I’m not a very social person. The few friends I do have I can thank my social butterfly of a wife for. I’ve just never been good at getting out there and meeting new people. Still, I do crave community with my fellow humans who share similar interests. If you’re like me (an introvert with an EV), joining a club of fellow EV owners may be the right move for you.
One of the first EV clubs in the United States was started by Frank Didik in 1982. The Electric Car Owners Club (ECOC) was informal in nature and had no set geographical location. The group remained in contact via newsletter that members devoted their own time and money to in order to create. The club was so successful that by 1986, it had grown to over 900 members worldwide! Setting them apart from other clubs, the ECOC was mostly comprised of EV owners and drivers. The group still exists today, although they believe they have largely accomplished their goal of promoting EV technology. They now encourage existing members to join additional and more geographically-based EV clubs in addition to theirs.
The closest EV car club to where I live is the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, D.C. which describes itself as “An organization of electric vehicle owners, educators and enthusiasts dedicated to promoting the use of electric vehicles (EVs) as an environmental and energy benefit to society. EVA/DC was formed in 1980 as a chapter of the nationwide Electric Auto Association (EAA), and holds regular monthly meetings, public displays, car shows and tech sessions to exchange information.” They welcome everyone from EV car owners to electric scooter and bicycle riders. One of their annual events is an all-electric drag race that is organized in conjunction with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). How cool is that?
Research from the United States department of Health and Human Services (HHS) suggests that there are a myriad of physical benefits to being socially active. Scientists have discovered that club members are far less likely to develop specific diseases, such as dementia. People with active social lives tend to have longer lifespans than those who don’t and are generally happier and less depressed. In addition, membership in a club might actually improve thinking abilities. This is especially true in older adults who may have issues with problem solving and comprehension issues. When you consider the health benefits to club membership, it almost seems like a necessity!
According to meetup.com, there are currently 114 EV groups with over 18,000 members worldwide. The groups range from including all electric modes of transportation to being brand specific (such as these interesting folks who are loyal to Tesla). Anyone looking to make friends with fellow EV enthusiasts should have no problem finding a place to fit in. Now…if I can just build up the courage and bring myself to find a club of my own.
Do any of our readers belong to groups or clubs that cater to EV owners/enthusiasts? Have any fun or interesting stories to tell about your club or just want to promote it? Please let us know in the comments section below.
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