National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Carmel, IN
Sep 10, 2017

Day: Sunday, September 10, 2017 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Clay Terrice Plug-in Eco System
14390 Clay Terrace Blvd
Carmel, IN 46302
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2017.

Event Report

It was a two day event at The Carmel Terrace Parking lot, in Carmel IN. Near their solarized battery powered charging station. The Sierra Club Heartland Group joined with the Hoosier EV Club to bring in volunteers and EV owners to display their cars and offer rides. Material on EV's was distributed and questions answered. It was a two day event (Sept. 9 & 10th). More people were at the event on the 10th. Also, on the 10th, Team Tesla came to demonstrate several models of their vehicles.

photo by: Richard Steiner og Hoosier EV Club & Jesse Kirkham Heartland Group of the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club
Misc. people with their EV's. Vehicles in shot are Tesla's , Bolt, Volt, Leaf with solar charging station in the background.

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Event Description


Installed in January 30, 2013, the "Plug-in Eco System" at Clay Terrace in Carmel, Indiana is the site for this year's National Drive Electric Day. Attendees can choose from an exciting array of stores and restaurants, but now they also have the opportunity to minimize their carbon footprint. Simon Property Group, Toshiba Corporation, Duke Energy, ITOCHU Corporation, Tom Wood Automotive Group and Indiana’s ‘clean tech’ initiative Energy Systems Network (ESN) have teamed up to develop one of the most advanced charging stations in the world for plug-in cars, debuting today.

Clay Terrace’s vehicle charging station is integrated with solar panels and a battery storage system, creating a ‘plug-in ecosystem’ which uses renewable energy and a battery system to store surplus power for evenings and cloudy days.

Central Indiana was chosen as the first site for the cutting-edge charging station based on the partners’ mutual engagement with ESN and its Project Plug-IN campaign. Project Plug-IN, a plug-in electric vehicle and charging infrastructure deployment initiative launched in 2009, has been nationally recognized for positioning the Indianapolis region as one of the most electric vehicle-friendly sites in the country.

“Indiana is becoming known as an ideal location for companies and research institutions to collaborate, develop and test new clean technologies,” said Paul Mitchell, ESN’s President & CEO.  “It’s exciting that Hoosiers have the opportunity to get the first look at these innovative systems, but even more significant to Indiana’s economy is the fact that the clean tech sector recognizes our state as a place where innovation is embraced and validated.”

The ‘plug-in ecosystem’ contains both traditional and ‘quick charge’ charging stations that are connected to a 10-kilowatt roof-mounted solar panel. The solar energy can be stored in the Toshiba 75-kilowatt lithium ion battery, located next to the charging system.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 59 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model S 9
Chevrolet Volt 5
Chevrolet Bolt 2
Tesla Model X 2
Think City 2
Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid 1
Kia Soul EV 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Toyota Prius Prime 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 1
10 Models 25

Registered attendees report 503,510 electric miles driven.

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Drive Electric USA logo

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