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.
Time: 12 to 5 PM
Location: Paw Paw Festival
5900 Old US Highway 50
Lake Snowden
Albany, OH 45710
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2017.

Event Report

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).

Event Description


2017 Pawpaw Festival | EV Ride & Drive

The Electric Vehicle (EV) Ride & Drive at the 2017 Ohio Pawpaw Festival at Lake Snowden will be hosted by Clean Fuels Ohio and UpGrade Ohio on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 12-5 pm. Get tickets to the Ohio Pawpaw Festival here:

The UpGrade Athens County Energy Village Tent will register interested drivers at the UpGrade booth, nearest the entrance gate. Participants will sign a release form and coordinate with a local electric car owner from the EV Cruisers Club of Athens County, Ohio to take a test drive around the festival. The Club has been administered and organized by UpGrade Ohio – Learn more at:

The EV Ride & Drive is part of a larger effort coordinated by Clean Fuels Ohio, and their Drive Electric Ohio initiative, for the Midwest EVOLVE – Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience project.

Midwest EVOLVE and its Clean Cities partners (Clean Fuels Ohio) will hold events that provide a hands-on experience to test drive a variety of locally available EVs, which helps consumers and fleets determine the best vehicle(s) and charging options for their personal and/or fleet needs.

Drive Electric Ohio is a statewide initiative of Clean Fuels Ohio to promote the use of electric vehicles and improve access to charging infrastructure.


Why Drive EV?

The best way to reduce carbon emissions is to utilize the cleaner, greener, more renewable electric grid to power transportation. Only grid-rechargeable cars can attain the end goal of zero-emissions and ensure fuel price stability. In addition, plug-in electric cars make an investment in solar panels even more economically compelling.

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Registered Attendees

There are currently 27 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 5
Toyota Prius Prime 2
Brammo 1
Chevrolet Volt 1
Ford Fusion Energi 1
Tesla Model S 1
Tesla Model X 1
7 Models 12

Registered attendees report 184,623 electric miles driven.

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