National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Spokane, WA
Sep 14, 2017

Day: Thursday, September 14, 2017 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Location: Spokane, WA 99201
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Event Report

We did our best with some very bad luck. We were unveiling a new fast charger system and had a press conference planned. The day before our event, one student was killed and three more were injured in a shooting at a local high school.

We cancelled the press conference. All the local media were tied up with the shooting.

Our air quality had been bad for weeks due to nearby forest fires. Our Air Quality Index that day was over 150, which is considered unhealthy for everyone. We shouldn't have been outside. I could taste it in the back of my throat by the end of the day.

Neither of our two area Nissan dealerships had a single Leaf in stock. They are getting the 2018 in December and don't want dead 2017s hanging around the lot anymore. Ford also had no vehicles to bring. BMW, a supporter in past years, did not have a product advisor available.

Despite having no media or dealership support and minimal public, we did our best. I was pleased with the spread of cars, which included Fiat, Think and Ford along with the Chevys, Teslas and Nissans I expected. We also had a local electric bike company bring their machines. We all learned from that.

The odds were stacked against us, but we influenced at least a few minds.

photo by: David Klenda
Our New Fast Charger at Kendall Yards

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Electric Auto Association
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