National Drive Electric Week Event - Kalamazoo
|Day:||Wednesday, September 16, 2015 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the events page.|
|Time:||3:30 pm - 6:30 pm|
|Location:||People's Food Co-op, The 100 Mile (Farmer's) Market
507 Harrison St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
The week included two showings of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" - one at Kalamazoo Public Library Main Branch, one at Kalamazoo College. A total of about 40 people saw the movie. The Q&A sessions that followed indicated that almost all audience members changed their preconceived notions about viability and practicality of electric cars.
At the Ride-and-Drive, everyone who rode or drove came away impressed. We asked each one to fill out a brief questionnaire beforehand and a followup afterwards. The followup asked just one question: What did you learn? Almost all mentioned how quiet and smooth their ride was. Most talked about how impressed they were with practicality, speed, and acceleration. No one gave any negative answers. One rider made a numbered list of 20 impressive things he learned about driving electric. We clearly won people over!
We also made several awards to local groups and individuals who've led our community in service to a sustainable clean-energy future.
photo by: Bruce Brown, Sierra Club SouthWest Michigan Group
On the far left, dressed all in black, is the Tesla Roadster. Behind the table are Sierra Club SouthWest Michigan Group volunteers Gail Nelson (in the red hat) and Jim Ferner (wearing the shades).
Sign up to take a ride, or even drive one.
An all-electric BMW will be one of the cars at the Ride-and-Drive. Come see it and the Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, a Zero electric mortorcycle, and the '92 Honda Civic that Paul Pancella converted to all-electric. A Tesla Model S will arrive at about 5:00pm!
It's all happening at the People's Food Co-op 100-Mile Market, 507 Harrison Street, Kalamazoo, from 3:30pm to 6:30pm Wednesday, September 16.
With your own net metering, or even off-the-grid solar-powered charging station, you can power your EV to run on 100% fossil-fuel-free CLEAN energy!
Four Elements Energy will be on hand at our Ride-and Drive Demonstration with their portable solar-powered charging station to show you how you can make this work for you. Representatives from Sierra Club solar partner Solar Winds can explain how net metering works in Michigan. They will have more EV info for you too.
Kalamazoo Public Library is generously supporting National Electric Drive Week - Kalamazoo with the week's kickoff presentation of Who Killed the Electric Car?
Kalamazoo College, chosen to be National Drive Electric Week's Kalamazoo Ambassador, will also host Who Killed the Electric Car?
Cole Nissan, Cole Automotive Group
- Tim Cole
- Charlie Jeffrey
Western Michigan University
- Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement
- Facilities Management
- Sustainability Program
- Dr. Harold Glasser, Executive Director of Campus Sustainability & ProfessorPeople's Food Cooperative
Kalamazoo Public Library
- 100 Mile Market Team
Sierra Club: Southwest Michigan Group
- Ben Brown, Co-Captain
- Bruce Brown, Co-Captain
There are currently 40 attendees registered.
Expected Plug-In Vehicles
|BMW i3 REx||1|
|Ford Focus Electric||1|
|Tesla Model S||1|
Registered attendees report 255,599 electric miles driven.
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