National Drive Electric Week
Westerly • Sep 16, 2017
|Day:||Saturday, September 16, 2017 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the events page.|
|Time:||11 am - 3 pm|
Misquamicut State Beach
257 Atlantic Avenue
Westerly, RI 02813
Rhode Island's Fourth Annual National Drive Electric Week was graciously hosted by the Misquamicut Business Association at the Misquamicut Beach Fallfest. This event was a partnership between Ocean State Clean Cities at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Participating vendors included ChargePoint, NBX Bikes, People's Power & Light, and National Grid / RISE Engineering. Dealerships on hand included Paul Masse Chevrolet, Valenti Toyota, and BMW Of Warwick.
The Seventh Annual Misquamicut Fallfest weekend ran from Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17 and featured a variety of activities for the whole family including live entertainment, antique car show, rides, and food trucks. The Misquamicut Business Association offered free admission vouchers to Fallfest for drivers who brought their EVs to the event, as well as anyone who participated in a test drive.
Additionally, this event was part of the US Department of Energy's "Plug In Electric Vehicle Adoption In New England" award in partnership with Plug In America. People who participated in test drives were encouraged to fill out a survey before and after their experience to gauge their awareness and interest level regarding plug in vehicles.
photo by: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
The BMW i3 is in the forefront. It was the ride-and-drive hit of the day. The BMW i8 doors are showing behind it. Bob Shaw from BMW of Warwick (in the hat) explains to an interested attendee the benefits of driving electric. Electric bikes joined the fun. Joel Gates has a sign under the hood of his Chevy Bolt. EV Owners and Festival attendees mingle in the background. All the way to the back (right of the photo), the Toyota Prius Prime from Valenti Toyota is leaving the parking lot for a ride-and-drive.
Highlights of the day include:
Electric Vehicle Show: If you own an electric vehicle come park together, pop your hoods, share your EV experiences with others, and show off your car! Free admission to the festival if you bring your electric vehicle. Before you leave, you can get a charge at one of the two designated spots at Misquamicut State Beach.
EV Showcase and Ride-and-Drive: Come check out the latest in electric vehicles! We will have a variety of electric vehicles and representatives from dealerships to escort you on test drives and answer your questions. If you take a test drive, you will receive a ticket for free entrance into the festival!
Fall Festival: Be sure to check out the Misquamicut Fall Festival after you take a test drive.
More activities will be listed soon.
Come check out the latest and greatest in electric vehicles!
Suggested Ride and Drive Route:
There are currently 101 attendees registered.
Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend
|Nissan Leaf (2011-2017)||3|
|Ford C-MAX Energi||2|
|BMW i3 REx||1|
|Ford Fusion Energi||1|
|Tesla Model S||1|
|Toyota Plug-in Prius||1|
Registered attendees report 287,898 electric miles driven.
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