National Drive Electric Week
It's Electric: NDEW@ The North Carolina Zoo
Sep 29, 2023
|Friday, September 29, 2023 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
|9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
|North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205
REMC Celebrates EVs at NC Zoo
Electric vehicle drivers and intrigued visitors of the North Carolina Zoo enjoyed a recent educational outreach event hosted by Randolph Electric on September 29 during National Drive Electric Week.
Members of the public and Zoo visitors gathered at 10 a.m. to hear remarks from representatives of the Zoo, REMC and local organizations.
“It was exciting to be part of this celebration," said Zoo Director and CEO Pat Simmons. "We always welcome the opportunity to introduce our green fleet to visitors and reinforce our commitment to sustainable practices that reduce our impact on the natural
At the event, representatives from Randolph EMC described how they work with EV owners to evaluate their vehicles’
impact on the electric grid. The REMC Electric Vehicle Utility Program (REVUP) offers members of the cooperative a $500
rebate on a level 2 EV charger for their home. REMC also provides special time-of-use rates that encourages them to charge during off-peak hours when energy is less expensive.
"More of our members are asking about the benefits of EV ownership," said REMC's Director of Innovative Energy Solutions Michael
Trent. "Randolph Electric is dedicated to educating our members about how to power your home, your life and your vehicle."
Honorary guest Kevin Franklin, President of the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation, outlined the new jobs and opportunities in the local area made possible by EV manufacturing.
Dealerships including Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota and Subaru allowed visitors to test drive new vehicles, so they could understand the EV experience firsthand.
photo by: Brooke Davis
Cutting the Ribbon to dedicate the North Carolina Zoo's New Solectrac E25 Tractor. This will be used in our Horticulture operations. Front Row (L-R) Jim Musilek, North Carolina Electric Membership Cooperatives; Michael Trent, Randolph Electric Membership Cooperative; Walker Moffitt, Chair, The North Carolina Zoo Council; Pat Simmons, Director, the North Carolina Zoo; Eddie Burks, Asheboro City COuncil; Kelly Heath, Asheboro City Council; Katie Davis, Interior Horticulture Supervisor, The North Carolina Zoo.
Join Randolph EMC at the North Carolina Zoo for National Drive Electric Week!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
There are currently 84 attendees registered.
Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend
|Ford Mustang Mach-E
|Tesla Model 3
|Tesla Model S
|Hyundai Ioniq 5
|Hyundai Ioniq 6
|Hyundai KONA Electric
|Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid
|Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
|Other Plug-In Vehicle
|Tesla Model X
Registered attendees report 670,466 electric miles driven.