National Drive Electric Week Event - Kalamazoo
|Day:||Wednesday, September 14, 2016 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the events page.|
|Location:||WMU physical plant maintenance building parking lot
on Stadium Drive, next to Waldo Stadium
just northeat of the stadium and across from Dairy Queen
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
The 2016 National Drive Electric Week Kalamazoo was held along one of busiest highways going through the city with hundreds people seeing the cars on display and a bill board explaining the event.
Presentation highlights included past and new venues. One even converted a known 'ev skeptic' who, in his review commented on understanding and now admiring highway capable electric cars.
Drive highlights include several surprise ev's attendees from an early (1970's) production model to several Zero motorcycles to a Tesla Model X. Additionally, PV and wind installers attended events to help promote the link between clean energy and ev's. There was interest in owning new/used ev's after the drive experience and getting the 'real scoop' from owners.
All the ev's on display and driven had fans, from the expected sporty Teslas to those looking for a retro VW Bug in the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.
The Event has found very strong venues which we look forward to returning to.
photo by: Mark Miller for Sierra Club Southwest Michigan Group
Gail Nelson of Sierra Club Southwest Michigan Group, far left, helped keep the ride-and-drive organized and running smooth, as did William Anderson, second from left in the black hat, of Michigan Electric Auto Association. Sam Carnavacciolo's black Tesla Roadster, second from the right, got the most attention.
Paul is planning three presentations. All are free and open to the public.
Paul made himself an electric car expert eight years ago when he gutted his 1992 Honda Civic and converted it to an all-electric car. The photo on the right shows the engine Paul removed and the electric motor that took its place. Once the internal combustion engine was gone, so were exhaust system repairs, oil changes, and trips to the gas station.
Even if you think an electric car isn't for you, come to Paul's presentation. It will open your mind!
There are currently 48 attendees registered.
Expected Plug-In Vehicles
|BMW i3 REx||1|
|Ford C-MAX Energi||1|
|Tesla Model S||1|
Registered attendees report 279,206 electric miles driven.
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