National Drive Electric Week Event - Victoria
|Days:||September 14-20, 2015 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the events page.|
University of Victoria, Parking Lot #10
The events during the week "EVs in the Wild" were successful as outreach events - to invite people to our ride + drive, but the rain on Sunday really limited our turn out.
Each event had an unexpected benefit, connecting volunteers, highlighting ideal venues and promoting our sponsors, but the main event fell short of our goal of providing 400 rides and drives to uninitiated EV-curious motorists. Next year we'll have a rain plan, or order better weather.
The number of Teslas available for rides changed the atmosphere at the main event into somewhat of a Tesla show, but many guests confirmed my position that the real value for our guests is being able to drive several different models in a row at the same event. This opportunity far exceeds the outreach potential of showing off our shiny EVs without the visceral experience of what makes them superior to ICE vehicles.
photo by: Gerry Gaydos
Chevy Volt, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Kia Soul EV, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Leaf, SmartED Cabrio, RAV4EV, Nissan Leaf, RAV4EV, Nissan Leaf, RAV4EV, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S 85D, Tesla Model S 85. Far left background (display only) BMWi3, BMWi3, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf. Not seen but on-site- out on drives; Tesla Model S 85D, Tesla Model S P85D, BMWi3, Kia Soul EV
There are currently 45 attendees registered.
Expected Plug-In Vehicles
|Smart fortwo electric drive||2|
|Tesla Model S||2|
|BMW i3 REx||1|
|Kia Soul EV||1|
|Toyota RAV4 EV (1997-2003)||1|
Registered attendees report 206,340 electric miles driven.