National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week - Depew

Day: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the events page.
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Location: Culinary Arts Center at Auburn Watson
3295 Walden Ave.
Depew, NY 14043
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National Drive Electric Week in Greater Buffalo, NY:  An Evening of Electrifying Taste [ in Food + Automobiles ]
September 18, 2019 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Culinary Arts Center at Auburn Watson, 3295 Walden Ave., Depew, NY 14043

Our inaugural event was a wild success!

Picture a regionally record-setting array of EVs from Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Nissan, and Tesla--all on the same lot, provided by automotive staff--plus a complement of other brands brought in by participants . . . from a $4,000 pre-owned smart ed to a six-figure Tesla Model X P100DL. Even a Zero motorcycle!

We welcomed an astonishing 180 attendees within a one-hour radius, and one automotive retail team with a marathon commute from Cleveland.

Nearly a hundred demonstration drives and rides stretched from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. under ideal late-summer conditions. Traffic control staffers in hi-viz vests directed the stream of vehicles onto the Culinary Arts Center at AuburnWatson property. The entire front and rear lots on site ended up packed with vehicles and roaming tire kickers, many with Mexican fare prepared indoors by top local chef Mike A. and his dedicated crew. On top of it all, many who attended donated overwhelming amounts of non-perishable food for Feed More WNY, including an entire e-tron full of packaged food courtesy of Audi Buffalo.

The takeaway from this whirlwind, via one of the volunteers: We finally broke the "glass ceiling" by assembling all the major EV vendors from the area. No tension, only the startling opposite when every team and participant mingled, aware that the EV era has fully arrived. Between the food, the people and the cars . . . we hit this one out of the park.

An electrified round of thanks to

- Auburn Watson (Wayne, Chris and family)
- Chef Mike A. and his remarkable staff
- Vlad and Ivan for crowd control
- Audi Buffalo
- Towne BMW
- Northtown Hyundai, Jaguar and Kia
- Mike Barney Nissan
- Tesla Cleveland-Lyndhurst
- Aero Cosmetics Wash Wax ALL
- WKBW News
- National Drive Electric Week
- any other VIPs not mentioned


photo by: Chris Watson
National Drive Electric Week in Greater Buffalo, NY: An Evening of Electrifying Taste [ in Food + Automobiles ] September 18, 2019 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Culinary Arts Center at Auburn Watson, 3295 Walden Ave., Depew, NY 14043

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Event Description

 

National Drive Electric Week in Greater Buffalo, NY:  An Evening of Electrifying Taste [ in Food + Automobiles ]

Join your friends at the Culinary Arts Center at Auburn Watson for a tastefully energizing evening of fine food and fine electric cars.

We are celebrating National Drive Electric Week 2019 with a special midweek event.

Get behind the wheel of a variety of brands of electric vehicles, including the latest model revisions from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Kia and Tesla.

Meet local owners, get answers to your ownership questions, and take in a full tour of their personal vehicles on display.

This is your best chance of the year to enjoy delicious appetizers and refreshments, win prizes, and discover how easy it is to go electric.

Admission is free but we will be accepting non-perishable food donations to assist FeedMore WNY. Business casual and parking is available.

Again, kindly pre-register to attend as a guest or participate as an owner.

We’ll see you and your donation on September 18!

Registered Attendees

There are currently 171 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 9
Chevrolet Volt 4
Chevrolet Bolt 2
Tesla Model S 2
BMW X5 iPerformance 1
Cadillac ELR 1
Ford Focus Electric 1
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Tesla Model X 1
Zero Motorcycle 1
13 Models 26

Registered attendees report 425,984 electric miles driven.

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Presented By

Platinum Level Sponsor

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

Silver Level California Regional Sponsor

Bronze Level Michigan Regional Sponsor

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