National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Albany, OH
Sep 16, 2017

Day: Saturday, September 16, 2017 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Location: Albany, OH 45710
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The EV Ride & Drive and EV Showcase at the 2017 Ohio Pawpaw Festival was one of our most successful EV awareness events over the last 2 years of our organization's (UpGrade Ohio) EV advocacy work. The Pawpaw Fest drew up to 5,000 people on Saturday, the day of our EV event. We assume that at least 10%, at the peak, engaged with our Ride & Drive or our EV display.

The Ohio Pawpaw Festival was started by current County Commissioner, Chris Chmiel, who was also an instrumental player in the beginning phases of our "UpGrade Athens County" project. Chris participated by seeing the various EVs on display - which included a custom-made PEV, a Corbin Sparrow (photo), a Chevy Volt, and a Tesla Model X. The EVs available for our Ride & Drive, though only utilized by 5 people/couples, were the Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid and the Nissan Leaf.

In this week (Friday), we also applied to a local foundation's grant application for installing a public-use charging station; we applied to install the same ClipperCreek model that will be given away for NDEW 2017, for visitors of Nelsonville, Ohio's public square. If we win the ClipperCreek charger, we will be sure to install it in a key area that helps fulfill our mission of creating a robust electric transportation corridor on US-33 from Columbus through Appalachian Ohio to the West Virginia border.

photo by: UpGrade Ohio
A custom Corbin Sparrow is displayed for the EV Showcase at the 2017 Ohio Pawpaw Festival (Lake Snowden, Albany, Ohio).

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Plugin America
Electric Auto Association
Sierra Club

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All NDEW 2021 sponsors support Plug In America's coordination of National Drive Electric Week.

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