Some people say hybrid vehicles such as the Prius are only a bridge to the future ... but we think it could be a long bridge and a very sturdy one. Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chief Engineer and Team Leader of the 1993 Toyota G21 Project Hello to all D$W members and friends, The dog days of summer are here and it’s time that we come together for some cool talk, camaraderie, food and education at the air conditioned Greenfield Public Library on Saturday July 30th for our second D$W Meet of 2016. Our D$W community has grown by 28 members as a result of our outreach at the Mother Earth News Fair (MENF) over the weekend of July 9-10 at the Washington County Fair Grounds. We met new friends from all over Wisconsin, in addition to Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa, all part of the Green Car exhibit put together by D$W member Ben Nelson. We hope that our new members decide to take a day trip to this Meet, or another future Meet, to experience the education, friendship and training that we offer at every D$W Meet. After several emails from members, conversations at the MENF and a recent article in Green Car Reports, our main topic at this our 48th D$W Meet will be around the topic “Are Hybrid Vehicles Passé”? After 16 years of game changing hybrid technology and acting as a bridge to even newer technology, has that bridge been crossed with the development of new PHEV’s and EV’s? At our first Meet at Andrew Toyota in March, we learned about how hybrid technology has reached the next level with the new 2016 Toyota Prius, but is the new Prius Prime now trumping that? And as more manufacturers are bringing additional plug-ins and pure electric vehicles to the market place, has hybrid technology reached its zenith? And where will these newer vehicles fit in the pocket books of families facing challenging financial situations. All these questions and with fuel prices low add to an interesting discussion between D$W members. As we learned at the MENF, a lot of people love the Tesla, the BMWi3, the Honda Accord Hybrid, The Nissan Leaf and the Ford Cmax Energi. But in reality will continue to drive their current vehicles awhile longer. That’s how the D$W group can play an important part in promoting these green vehicles and more importantly, continue to teach Drive $mart techniques right now using their current vehicles. Another good question for open discussion would be, what would you like your next vehicle to be? So we look forward to hanging with you all for some intense discussion, fuel for thought, good food, great camaraderie and meeting new friends next Saturday in the cool confines of the Greenfield Public Library. We hope to see you there, Bradlee, Marie and Justin Fons This Meets Agenda Drive $mart Wisconsin Meet, No 48 Saturday July 30, 2016 9:30am to 1:00pm Greenfield Public Library 5310 West Layton Avenue Greenfield WI. 53154 414-321-9595 http://www.greenfieldlibrary.org/ 9:30 - 10:00 Outdoor gathering and vehicle viewing 10:00 - 10:30 Check-in, registration and set-up 10:30 - 10:45 Introductions and Updates 10:45 - 11:15 General Discussion; Are Hybrids Passe? 11:15 - 11:30 Break and vehicle viewing 11:30 - 11:50 Open discussion; What will my next vehicle be? 11:50 - 12:00 D$W News and Door Prizes, wrap-up 12:00 - open Pot Luck Lunch and D$A driver training For our 1st timers, here's how things generally work at a D$W Meet. We gather in the parking lot to get to know and update each other, view our vehicles, begin registration and check our tire pressures as needed. When the Library opens, we'll move inside, setup our room for the Meet and continue registration. We may then have a "round robin" of general introductions or do a "Fuel for Thought" quiz. We'll then have a short session on a specific topic. After a short break for snacks we'll have another session followed by a Q & A or general discussion. Lastly we'll do some house keeping things like news, door prizes and upcoming events. We'll then break for our potluck lunch that has been prepared by our members that will allow more one on one discussions. Lunch will be followed by individual behind the wheel Drive $mart training by one of our D$W instructors. Beverages and utensils are provided but each member attending is invited to bring something to share with main dishes greatly appreciated. Be prepared to be gracious with the understanding that we are each teachers and students and that the timeline may be changed as needed.