National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week - Keene

Day: Saturday, September 14, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the events page.
Time: 12-3pm
Location: Monadnock Food Co-op
34 Cypress Street
Keene, NH 03431
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Event Report

The weather didn’t behave but that didn’t stop the Monadnock Energy Hub and volunteers, the EV owners, and Nissan of Keene from coming out to talk all things electric. We had car owners, e-motorcycles, and e-bikes on hand for ride and drives and some providing electric eye candy! 

With the rain – the crowds were a bit smaller than anticipated but the conversations were diving deep into the benefits of owning electric vehicles. Attendees took advantage of the 9 different cars trying out multiple styles/companies and getting a feel for the plug-in hybrid compared to the fully electric vehicles.

We even attracted a Tesla X that was at the nearby hotel to stop by and join our group much to the pleasure to two young boys who couldn’t help themselves going in and out of the car! We all know how much fun an X can cause!

We also had surveys with giveaways to take the sting out of filling out a paper form. Stonyfield Yogurt supplied free yogurt & hats embroidered with ‘Make Earth Cool Again’. These were giveaway hits! You can see in the image the green hats – EV owners got one for volunteering their time! We believe in rewards and our EV owners well deserve to be rewarded for donating their time!

We can't wait until next year when we can the local band, like-minded tablers, and e-drivers can all be closer together to enjoy all that comes with learning about the benefits of the EV lifestyle! Til next year - let's get out there and promote EVs!


photo by: Monadnock Energy Hub
Covered e-bike rides up to join the party

Event Description

 

Come out for a day of Learning and Fun about Electric Vehicles and Exciting Plans that you can take part in for the Monadnock Region! 



We are Launching our Fast Charge Monadnock Local Crowdfunding Campaign to add a DC Fast Charging Station to the Monadnock Co-op - stop by and celebrate by testing out Electric Vehicles (EVs), learn more about EV charging stations, enjoy lunch, music, and more! 


Thanks to our Fast Charge Monadnock Campaign Heroes for supporting the Crowdfunding Campaign! 

Thank You Keene Yoga & Beeze Tees!



Thank you co-hosts     & for all your help!


We have Street and Savory bringing their Food Truck for people to purchase food and enjoy eating at the Co-op outdoor tables! 

Have a sweet tooth that needs tending? No problem- Frisky Cow Gelato cart to the rescue! 


Need some yogurt? We will have Stonyfield Organic ProBiotic yogurt on-site while supplies last! Thank You, Stonyfield!

Music anyone? We will have members of Crazy Love performing during our event from 1-3pm stop by and listen!



We also will have like-minded groups coming out to enjoying the day and available to answer questions about bringing sustainable solutions to our community.

Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow - come out and speak to 


The Clean Energy Team of MPA will be available to discuss ways to make your home more energy-efficient, the new resolution working toward 100% renewable energy in the City of Keene, and other questions about you may about how to live more sustainably.


CCL New Hampshire will be available to answer your questions about the carbon fee and dividend bill in the US house. CCL is a national grassroots nonprofit nonpartisan organization working to create the political will to address climate change from fossil fuel use in the US and around the world.

 

350New Hampshire Action will be speaking about how to strengthen the climate movement in New Hampshire. 350NH is a grassroots movement that focuses its energy on stopping climate change and saving our local economy by stopping construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure and pushing leaders to develop renewable energy in NH and building strong and resilient communities. 


Mother's Out Front will be speaking about their nationwide grassroots movements to ensure a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels. They are working to create a healthy climate today and a livable future for all children. In the New England region, they have been working to identify and seal up gas leaks, oppose fossil fuel infrastructure expansion, hold corporations accountable for working with us to solve the climate crisis and improve the safety and health of residents. Learn more by visiting their table.


Our Community - Electric Vehicles

EV owners - space is limited - please be mindful we will likely have very close quarters for all and want to showcase all types of EVs. We may need to ask you to move your car during the day to highlight various cars. We hope everyone will have the EV spirit and be gracious. 

Suggested Drive Route Outlined at Link Belo

https://goo.gl/maps/FytqGw4BkDE2

Nissan of Keene will be at the event with the Leaf+ - providing test drives and letting you know how affordable it is with federal tax credits! Come out and ask Ben questions and take a drive!


Nissan of Keene also has graciously donated a children's EV car for a raffle to raise funds for the DC fast-charge station at the Co-op - come out and see the car - and purchase a raffle ticket or take advantage of savings by purchasing more than one!


Event Map

Please note because of crowd size please park in the Parking Deck behind to Food Co-op. Walking route shown below to event.

*NOTE: Suggested driving route starts in blue in the image shown above.

- Electric Vehicle Charging

Electric vehicles need charging stations to fuel up - ones that will charge quickly and those that work overnight. Come and learn the differences - and why Fast Charging Stations make sense right along the bustling Main Street of Keene - to help our native EV owners and attract EV tourism. 

We are going to have EVs from dealers and private owners. These EVs are going to be located in an adjacent lot - across the Rail to Trail - take a look at what is available - ask the dealers and owners what it is like to drive and own an EV. (We can tell you - you will learn how the pick up is AWESOME and the maintenance is almost non-existent!) 

You will also get a chance to talk about how to install a charger in your home garage to charge overnight - it isn't difficult or that costly - just call your local electrician!

So - come with your questions - and get ready to do some number crunching - because the cost of an EV isn't as high as you might think when you look at the energy and maintenance cost savings PLUS rebates that exist on some EVs. Owners will give you their numbers - you can learn from those who have lived the EV life here in New England!

Registered Attendees

There are currently 57 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Bolt 3
Tesla Model 3 2
Tesla Model S 2
Chevrolet Volt 1
Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid 1
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 1
Other Plug-In Vehicle 1
Zero Motorcycle 1
10 Models 14

Registered attendees report 218,228 electric miles driven.

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Nissan LEAF® is the exclusive automotive sponsor of National Drive Electric Week™

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