To honor Karl’s life-long passion for electric vehicles (EVs), renewable energy, and education, local nonprofit Acterra launched the Karl Knapp GoEV Program in September 2018. With Karl’s vision in mind, the Karl Knapp GoEV Program achieved great things in the past year to provide local residents with hands-on opportunities to experience the benefits of EVs, including providing over 600 EV test drives to Peninsula residents, launching the monthly Karl Knapp GoEV newsletter, and increased outreach to local disadvantaged communities (more details below). Many of you joined Jane Woodward in donating to the Karl Knapp GoEV Program, so thank you for helping to make these accomplishments a reality.

The achievements of Acterra’s Karl Knapp GoEV Program in its first year, which focuses on the Bay Area, include:

  • Provided 600 EV test drives to future adopters.

  • Doubled the number of attendees served through in-person EV workshops.

  • Received post-survey responses indicating a willingness to “go EV” on accelerated purchase timelines.

  • Conducted one third of our workshops in local disadvantaged communities, including our first workshop in East San Jose, which drew over 60 attendees.

  • Launched the new Karl Knapp GoEV monthly newsletter, which attracted over 800 subscribers and averaged a 50% open rate in its first five months.

Karl Knapp had a long career dedicated to helping people make better decisions about energy. In 2009, he began co-teaching Understanding Energy, an introductory energy course at Stanford University with colleagues. He initiated and planned EV car rallies every year for the students to learn about electric vehicles (EVs) first hand. He owned one of only approximately 50 City-Els in the US, which is a 3-wheeled EV designed and manufactured in Denmark. In 2017, he donated his City-El to the Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum in Kingman, Arizona. Karl also has over 30 years of experience in the renewable energy industry, including as Senior Resource Planner for the City of Palo Alto Utilities.

Acterra is a Palo Alto-based nonprofit that brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet with a programmatic focus on the most urgent issue of our time: climate change.

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