The future of electrified auto shows is approaching and Jalopnik wants you there
The automotive world is going through an era of cynicism and disillusionment these days, and I desperately want us to step through the fog again into a world of optimism. I’m not talking about general positivity, I mean Harley Earl, Raymond Loewy, Buck Rogers, the atomic age, the World’s Fair, the Eames chair, average optimism. We still don’t have jetpacks or flying cars, but we are currently in a new wave of technological change as electric propulsion gradually approaches the norm. Let’s go back to the beginning of the 20th century and be optimistic again about the future of transport! This is exactly what Autopy 2099 is for, and Jalopnik helps.
[Disclaimer: I am one of the co-founders of Autopia 2099. I will directly materially benefit if you buy a ticket or some merch. I am absolutely biased in favor of this show continuing to be a roaring success. It’s important to me, Autopia 2099, and Jalopnik that you know this information.]
A few years ago, friends and I started a small auto show that would become a cultural phenomenon, Radwood. As Radwood continues to rage across the country, and I love my periodic looks at an awe-inspiring era of automotive past, another of my passions is what is coming for our collective automotive future. That’s why, at the beginning of the year, I decided to try to capture the lightning a second time in a bottle, by teaming up with some friends. Jeff Glucker, Chad Kirchner, Ethan Tufts, and Kevin mccauley to launch Autopia 2099 in December. And we convinced Nissan to participate as the main sponsor.
Today, Jalopnik is teaming up with Autopia 2099 to announce the inaugural event on Saturday, December 4. This is no ordinary auto show. No car parks or golf courses. No fancy suit jacket and mint crowd, just a gathering of electric car enthusiasts. Whether you drive a Tesla daily, run in an electric hovercraft in Bonneville, build a solar car for your college or swap lead acid batteries and a forklift motor for a Ford Pinto as a weekend project (in fact, we love to see it), you’re welcome to Autopia 2099. It’s gonna be a hell of a party, and you should come.
Or: Optimist Studios in Los Angeles, at the end of the track at LAX
When: Saturday December 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How much: The standard cost to enter the auto show is $ 15 per car, or $ 5 for spectators (children 12 and under enter free). In addition to the cars, guests will be treated to fun entertainment and a real good time.
How to register : Head to the Autopia 2099 Eventbrite site
Which cars: Anything that is powered by electrons. Whether they were built in the Contender era, the Crap era or the Tesla era, your electric-powered mobility gadgets are welcome with open arms. Battery electrics, PHEVs, hybrids, hydrogen fuel cells, etc. Your home construction projects, your brand new Arcimoto three-wheeler, your experimental hydrogen fuel cell inline skates or your child’s drive wheels, all are welcome. Whether you’re a hypermiler or a runner or anywhere in between, if you like electric propulsion, Autopia 2099 is where you want to be.
There will be awesome displays from Nissan, Livewire, Zero, AEM EV, and more, along with a host of awesome trades and projects from SoCal speed stores. Bisimoto told me he had nine cars to bring, and Jehu Garcia said he would bring his entire electrically swapped Volkswagen team. The brand-new record holder for the world’s fastest electric car, the Tesla-powered Streamer from Revolt Systems, will also be present (more on this car soon). We are quits hoping to have some EV1 on display. It’ll be a wide array of electrified machines, and you’ll want to see it firsthand.
What else: We encourage people to dress up to play the game. Whatever your idea of the future, dress like this. We’ll have a prize for whoever has the coolest or maybe the most elaborate costume. Enjoy the future of optimism, folks. We are all friends here.
Keep an eye out for Jalopnik in the coming weeks, as we’ll have a reader contest to win VIP passes to the show, site feature, Autopia swag, and a shiny trophy! And don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of callbacks by the end of the series.
We’ll see each other there!