National Drive Electric Week
Birmingham National Drive Electric Week EVent!
Oct 02, 2021
|Day:||Saturday, October 2, 2021 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.|
|Time:||8:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT|
|Location:||The Market at Pepper Place
2930 3rd Ave South
In front of Bettola's restaurant
Birmingham, AL 35233
Birmingham EV owners answer questions at NDEW EVent
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Adrian Gonzalez often hears questions about charging his Tesla.
Gonzalez provided plenty of answers about charging and other topics
about electric vehicles (EVs) at Saturday’s National Drive Electric Week EVent
at The Market at Pepper Place in
He was one of more than two dozen EV owners who talked 1-on-1 with visitors and
showed off their cars.
“There are a lot of questions about range – where you charge, how you charge, how long you have to charge,” said Gonzalez, a Birmingham resident. “That seems like it’s a question on everyone’s mind.”
Gonzalez, like most EV owners, charges almost exclusively at home
and rarely needs an away-from-home booster, which he added is something most
motorists don’t know.
Nissan Leaf owner Tony Nichols said he also often addresses “misinformation”
about EVs, especially the vehicles’ power. Most people don’t realize EVs have
instant pick-up and acceleration.
“That’s what makes the car fun to drive,” said Nichols, a
Birmingham resident. “When I’m at a red light, I don’t think anything anyone
beat me off the line, except maybe the Tesla.”
Added Gonzalez, “That instant torque is what surprises people.
It’s like a rollercoaster. I’ve had people ride in my car and they screamed
like it was a rollercoaster.”
The testimonials from Gonzalez and Nichols illustrate why NDEW EVents can be especially useful for anyone
considering an electric vehicle, said Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition Executive
Director Mark Bentley. Research shows most Alabamians have never driven an EV,
but many want to and find EV owners as the most trusted source for information.
Visitors to Birmingham’s NDEW EVent perused a variety of EVs on
display, with owners showing off models from Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Kia, Nissan,
Volvo and Volkswagen. The cars on display have logged more than 1 million miles
driven, according to event organizers.
“There’s really no replacement for
talking to real-life EV owners who can talk about their real-world experiences
of driving an EV every day, how and when they charge them and how much money
they save,” Bentley said. “It’s critical that we continue to educate people about the many
benefits offered by EVs as more are showing up on Alabama roads.”
Birmingham-based Autocar, one of the world’s
leading manufacturers of heavy-duty trucks, also displayed one of its new
electric terminal tractors, and Max Transit showed off an all-electric bus.
Saturday’s EVent was co-sponsored by the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, UAB Sustainability, Alabama Power Company,
the City of Birmingham, Drive Electric Alabama and the Zero Emissions Owners
Most automobile manufacturers have
embraced the EV revolution and announced major investments in EV technology and
manufacturing. In late September, for instance, Ford
announced an $11.4 billion investment to create new factories in Tennessee and
for EVs and batteries to power the vehicles. Ford also plans to begin selling
its all-electric F-150 Lightning pick-up next year.
Alabama automakers, led by Mercedes-Benz’s plant in Tuscaloosa,
have announced an estimated $1.88 billion in new investments in advanced
vehicle technology since 2018. An Alabama’s leaders understand the growing
popularity of EVs, including the latest
efforts through ADECA to significantly expand EV infrastructure.
Dozens of battery electric (BEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
(PHEV) models are currently available. Newer EV models boast longer range and
better performance than the original models, and some start in the mid-$20,000
price range and consumers can be eligible for a federal tax credit of up to
National Drive Electric Week, which runs from Sept.
25 to Oct. 3 this year, is a nationwide observance to raise awareness of the
benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, motorcycles and other
vehicles. Three NDEW EVents were held in Alabama this year – today in
Birmingham, this past Wednesday in Auburn, and Saturday, Sept. 25 in
photo by: Josh Bean, Direct Communications
Lineup of EVs on October 2nd in Birmingham at The Market at Pepper Place NDEW EVent
All attendees and volunteers are required to wear face masks whenever they are within six feet of another person at all National Drive Electric Week 2022 events. Please see this information about how to improve how your mask protects you. For more information, see our in-person event safety requirements.
Kick the Gas in 2021!
Learn how electric vehicles (EVs) Save you Money! Stop spending $75 +/- a week feeding your gas guzzler.
Talk to real EV owners....learn the facts.
Come see why EVs are increasingly the fastest-growing transportation vehicle segment. Check out EVs from Ford, Nissan, Chevrolet, Tesla, Kia, BMW, Porsche and more. Bring your questions...kick the tires...and enjoy the The Market at Pepper Place.
On October 2nd, from 8 AM to Noon, come on out and learn how you too can enjoy the economical & fun experience of owning an electric vehicle. Mark your calendar! See you on October 2nd!
There are currently 136 attendees registered.
Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend
|Tesla Model 3||12|
|Tesla Model Y||7|
|Nissan Leaf (2011-2017)||3|
|Nissan Leaf (2018+)||3|
|Tesla Model S||3|
|Ford Mustang Mach-E||2|
|Tesla Model X||2|
|Toyota Prius Prime||2|
|BMW i3 REx||1|
|Chevy Spark EV||1|
|Ford Fusion Energi||1|
|Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid||1|
|Volvo XC40 Recharge twin||1|
Registered attendees report 1,230,623 electric miles driven.