National Drive Electric Week
Sep 09, 2017
|Day:||Saturday, September 9, 2017 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.|
Last year around this time, we were rejoicing over having completed our best NDEW event ever in Delmar, NY. This year we took it to an even higher level. Thanks to all of our dedicated Capital District EV Drivers group members, our volunteer workers, local dealers, Proterra buses, and the City of Schenectady for allowing us to knock it out of the park with our 5th annual event. Months of planning came together and with clear skies, the EV movement marched right into the heart of the Electric City. The event speakers in attendance were City of Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Alicia Barton, President and CEO New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and New York's 20th congressional district Congeressman Paul D. Tonko. Proterra provided an E2 electric bus for free shuttle rides loops around the city bringing show goers. There were five dealer vehicles available for test drives, including a BMW i3, two Kia Soul EVs, a Volt and a Bolt EV.
photo by: Glenn Marcucio
This drone photo really captures the scale of the event, although in this early morning photo the foot traffic was still light. Once the Greek and Little Italy Festivals around the corners commenced, we had a steady flow of people visiting all afternoon. There were five demo EVs which provided test drives all day The event was scheduled to end at 3:00 pm but we were so busy that we kept it going until 4:30 pm. In addition to virtually every commercially available EV on the market, we had some great specialty EVs as well. Those included a 1965 Porsche 904 fiberglass replica pure EV, a custom Fat Bike that L2 charged on site, and a rare [not yet available in the US] BMW C-evolution scooter. Proterra brought a 40 passenger E2 electric bus and provided narrated and complimentary rides transiting people between our show, parking garages, and the various festivals.
The event is pending. Please visit the Attend page to find other National Drive Electric Week events.