National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Baton Rouge, LA
Sep 14, 2017

Day: Thursday, September 14, 2017 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: Town Square, Downtown Baton Rouge
North Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2017.

Event Report

The Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Chuck Carr Brown spoke in a press conference held at our NDEW event to discuss the state's VW settlement, his desire to add EVs to the state fleet and encourage other departments to follow his lead. Ann Vail, Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels spoke about automaker announcements about moving to the electric drive and on her coalitions work to improve EV infrastructure in the state. Two local TV stations covered the press conference.

We had a map of the downtown EVSEs next to the podium with 6 EVs around the media beacon in our Town Square.

Mayor President Broome, of East Baton Rouge Parish attended and spoke with the vehicle owners and took photos with the attendees. She posted photos of her visit on her social media pages as well. The head of the Energy Division of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Paul Miller also attended the event.

Resulting media was good but the reporters ended up focusing on the driver's complaints about the city's enforcement of the new parking ordinance which only allows EVs to park in EVSE designated parking spots around town.

Please keep checking our photo gallery as my staff uploads their pictures throughout the day.

photo by: East Baton Rouge Mayor's staff / Mayor Broome
Ann Vail, Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels and Mayor Broome speak for an EV owner at an electric vehicle at the Baton Rouge EV Day for #NDEW2017

More photos from this event.

Event Description


National Drive Electric Week! 
Celebrate Baton Rouge EV Day with us in Town Square!

Thursday, September 14th | 11AM - 2PM with Press Conference at 11:30AM

National Drive Electric Week, September 9-17, 2017, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles and more. There will be a variety of EVs on display including those from Nissan, Tesla, GM, and BMW.

Update! We will host a press conference at 11:30AM featuring LDEQ Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown who will give us an update on the state's plans for the VW Settlement funding and his desire to add EVs to the state fleet. The Mayor President of East Baton Rouge will stop by between 1-1:30PM and State Department of Natural Resources' Technology Assessment Division Director Paul Miller and DNR Undersecretary Beverly Hodges are also expected to attend.

Join us at Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge to learn more about these great cars and talk to people who own them and love to drive them. We will also show EV themed MotorWeek episodes on the media beacon with a press conference at 11:30AM. School groups are invited to join us on the town lawn. Stop by early and pick up some cool #NDEW2017 swag. Keep checking in with us for more details as they become available! 

Map of North Blvd. Town Square:

Your host is Louisiana Clean Fuels, a designated Clean Cities Coalition serving 56 parishes across the state. The mission of Louisiana Clean Fuels, Inc. is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. As a member of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, LCF strives to achieve its goals by employing a variety of strategies which include: promoting and implementing the use of alternative fuel vehicles, fuel blends, increased fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction technologies.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 13 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
BMW i3 REx 2
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 2
Tesla Model S 2
Chevrolet Volt 1
4 Models 7

Registered attendees report 118,826 electric miles driven.

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All NDEW 2024 sponsors support Plug In America's coordination of National Drive Electric Week.

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