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New Hampshire Starts Drive Electric Coalition

Drive Electric NH Founders: Cathy Corkery of the NH Sierra Club, Randy Bryan of ConVerdant, Brianna Brand and Kate Epsen of NHSEA. Courtesy photo.

Drive Electric NH Founders: Cathy Corkery of the NH Sierra Club, Randy Bryan of ConVerdant, Brianna Brand and Kate Epsen of NHSEA. Courtesy photo.

By Randy Bryan

There is a new clean transportation coalition in New Hampshire created by New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association [NHSEA], New Hampshire Clean Tech Council [NHCTC], New Hampshire Sierra Club [NHSC], and ConVerdant Vehicles to support and encourage sales of electric vehicles. The approach will consist of assembling and coordinating the diverse electric vehicle [EV] interests around New Hampshire to more effectively educate and motivate the public to try electric vehicles.

The idea for this coalition began last summer as Randy Bryan* was surveying around New Hampshire about electric cars. “I was struck by the poor level of understanding of electric cars. Clearly, New Hampshire EV boosters had been talking to the choir for too long and much more effort was needed to reach out. There were pockets of EV knowledge and interest, but a state-wide coordinating voice was needed,” said Bryan.

Kate Epsen, Director of NHSEA, has accepted leadership to build the coalition and oversee its activities, along with the help of Brianna Brand. Brand is NHSEA’s Project Coordinator, Cathy Corkery – New Hampshire Sierra Club, Michael Behrmann – NH Clean Tech Council, and Randy Bryan – ConVerdant Vehicles. A steering committee is being gathered from various interested parties around the state; including utilities, car dealerships, hospitality, fleets, New Hampshire government, non-government associations, and regional organizers. The committee will adopt goals and coordinate materials as we welcome new members and plan activities around the state. Any organizations interested in participating should contact Randy Bryan, randy@converdant.biz, 603-496-3501 or Brianna Brand, brianna.nhsea@gmail.com, 603-226-4732.

Green Energy Times will be hosting a series of educational and informational articles about the EV developments throughout the state on New Hampshire, following the publication of this edition of G.E.T. Be sure to contact Randy or Brianna with your questions, thoughts and concerns.

Randy Bryan has been an advocate for electric cars for over eight years. His company, ConVerdant Vehicles, has converted vehicles to plug-in hybrids, including his own Prius in 2008 and developed and sold inverters that turn a Prius into an emergency generator. He is one of the co-founders of Drive Electric NH.

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