National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Amherst, MA
Sep 15, 2016

Day: Thursday, September 15, 2016 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 4pm - 9 pm
Location: Jones Library - Woodbury Room
43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2016.

Event Report

We had a fun and flowing event that was enhanced by the kiss of a gorgeous day and beautiful sunset. In addition to the people who registered online and those I had specially invited, our display of 2 Teslas, a Ford Focus EV, a Smart EV, 2 Leafs, 2 Volts and a PEBL human/electric 3 wheel vehicle attracted approximately 40 people of various ages and interests. It was a respectable turn out despite the fact that our display area was somewhat obscured by physical and visual impediments, as part of the construction of a new sidewalk and crosswalk in front of the public library which hosted our event. Our inclusion of the PEBL resonated with many participants.
I have been organizing sustainable transportation events since the early 90's. The single most delightful thing that happened during this event or has ever happened during one of my events, was the arrival of Father John in clerical garb with his Volt. He joined right in with the promotion of EVs. See attached photo.

photo by: Karen Jones
Top Foreground: Father John Brancich of Nashua, NH speaks to an attendee about his Chevy Volt at National Drive Electric Week celebration in Amherst, MA September 15, 2016. Top Background: Men checking out the yellow PEBL, human/electric vehicle. Bottom: wide array of vehicles for attendees to review including a Nissan LEAF, Smart-e and Tesla Model S.

Event Description



4:00 - 4:30 PM    Registration for Drives & Rides

                            Distribution of Resources for Bicycle Commuting

4:30 - 6:00 PM    Drives & Rides at off street location  (vehicles TBA)

                            Report on performance of Amherst's Nissan LEAF 

6:00 - 6:30 PM    Refreshments & Debriefing

6:30- 8:30 PM     Short EV Videos with Q&A 

       Discussion Topics

  •      Challenges and Rewards of Driving Electric    
  •      Enhancing bicycle drive with electric drive
  •      Is Bob Lutz right about Tesla being a Cult?
Learn more about the PEBL pedal electric bike.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 29 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Other Plug-In Vehicle 2
Tesla Model X 2
Chevrolet Volt 1
Ford Focus Electric 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Tesla Model S 1
7 Models 9

Registered attendees report 106,700 electric miles driven.

Presented By

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EVHybridNoire logo
Drive Electric USA logo

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