I love V8 engines. The noise and power are a wonderful combination that stokes my soul every time one is fired up. Still, I am not blind to the future of the automobile. In fact, I’ve begun to embrace it. The best car I drove in 2020? It was an electric Porsche. The last time I drove from coast to coast? It was in an electric Audi. If I could’ve afforded the cost to convert my 1974 Benz to electric power, I would not have sold it. I’ll own at least one gas-powered car for as long as I live, but I welcome the chance to also add other forms of energy guzzlers into my garage. And that’s why I’m excited to announce a new car show, created in part with other similarly minded folks; Autopia 2099.
We’re leaving 2020 in the rearview mirror, and heading into 2021 with at least a modicum of optimism. After this year it feels weird to be hopeful, but I think we can all hope that this year will bring a fix for the virus, a fix for the environment, a fix for our government. We’re in the early stages of the turnaround. And what better way to celebrate that than with a car show? Not just any car show, a car show for the future. A car show celebrating the future, a brighter and better future. Autopia 2099 is that show. A shining beacon on the hill to light our way forward into a more optimistic future.
Since the dawn of the car, there have been electric cars. It just took a little bit of time—and a lot of technological advancement—for them to catch on as mainstream reliable daily transportation. It’s time to celebrate not only the best of the current crop but the full pantheon of electrified cars that got us to where we are today.
This isn’t your average everyday car show. No parking lots or golf courses. No uppity suit jacket and mint julep crowd, just a gathering of electric car appreciators. Whether you daily drive a Tesla, race an electric streamliner at Bonneville, built a solar car for your university, or swapped some lead-acid batteries and a forklift motor into a Ford Pinto as a weekend project, you’re welcome at Autopia 2099. Enjoy the future of optimism, folks. We’re all friends here.
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Today we are pleased to announce that Autopia 2099 is coming this December. It’s a show for all cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and mobility solutions powered by electrons. Battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids will take priority, but there is room for hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to join the party as well. And what a party it’s going to be. You should come!
Here are all of the details.
Los Angeles, California
Early December 2021
Where Do I Find Out More:
Anything powered by electricity. Your home-built projects, your brand new Nissan Leaf, your experimental hydrogen fuel cell inline skates, or your kid’s powerwheels, it’s all welcome. Whether you’re a hypermiler or a racer or anywhere in between, if you have an appreciation for electric propulsion, Autopia 2099 is where you want to be.
Retrofuturism is the name of the game with this show. We’re throwing it back to bring it forward. Buck Rogers, atomic age, world’s fair, Eames chair, mid-mod, ray gun type stuff. Dress it up, dress it down, bring a good attitude.
You might want to know who we are. Autopia 2099 and the future of optimism itself, has been set into motion by Bradley Brownell (Radwood co-founder and EV Pulse contributor), Jeff Glucker (Hooniverse EIC), Ethan Tufts (Hello Road), Chad Kirchner (EV Pulse EIC), and Kevin McCauley (world-renowned artist behind Capturing The Machine). We have decades of automotive and event planning experience between us, so get ready for the best experience we can conjure.
And don’t worry—we’ll have plenty of reminders between now and when the show goes down, but plan for early December. In the meantime, get your vaccination and stay home to make sure we defeat this virus!