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. The objective of Acterra’s GoEV program embodies Karl’s life-long passion for EVs, renewable energy, and education.

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. Since 2016, when Acterra launched its GoEV Outreach Program, it has annually provided:

  • 700+ EV test drives for Peninsula residents

  • EV Workshops for 300 Peninsula residents

  • Web-based and social media outreach to 5,000 Bay Area residents

  • A network of 60 “EV Ambassadors” providing peer-to-peer advocacy

Under the new Karl Knapp GoEV Outreach Program banner, Acterra will annually provide:

  • 700+ EV test drives for Peninsula residents

  • EV Workshops for 600+ Peninsula residents

  • Web-based and social media outreach to 10,000 Bay Area residents

  • Continued growth of the EV Ambassador network

  • Campus outreach activities for 1,000+ Stanford students and employees

  • Ongoing recognition of Karl Knapp’s contributions to the EV movement

For photos of the launch of the Karl Knapp GoEV Program in September 2018 (including a Ride and Drive Event), click here.

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