National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Amherst, MA
Sep 09, 2017

Day: Saturday, September 9, 2017 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Jones Library
43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2017.

Event Report

Jones Library hosted for 3rd year. PIA, Sierra Club, EAA and Mass Energy were very helpful. Nissan sent resources that ensured success.

After a movie, 16 BEVs and PHEVs were displayed in a narrow driveway. Nissan, Ford, Telsa, Organic Transit, Chevrolet, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen were represented. Beautiful day, inspired EV owners, enthusiastic attendees. No rides and drives due to space constraints.

Darcy Dumont's BOLT gets 300-350 miles per charge. 2 Tesla Model Xs sang and danced. ELF, a human/electric vehicle, was a star.

John Gould, aide to State Senator Adam Hinds, saw the film. Paul Bockelman, Amherst Town Manager, saw the EV display and reported plans to increase use of town LEAFs and public use of charging infrastructure.

Tesla's Andrew Breiter-Wu explained residential solar electricity systems.

Members of local Citizens Climate Lobby and Carbon Action Now groups discussed efforts to promote Carbon Fee & Dividend legislation in MA. They proposed future EV events.

photo by: Andrew Breiter-Wu
Names of people: Unknown. Vehicles: Tesla Model X , Chevy VOLT, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF, Chevy BOLT

Event Description


Welcome to National Drive Electric Week 2017, Amherst

You are invited to participate in two activities:

1.  11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.

Join EV owners and elected officials for a lunchtime screening of The Revenge of the Electric Car by Chris Paine.  This brilliant documentary tells the dramatic story of dedicated individuals who fought to bring electric vehicles to the roadways of America.  Bring your own lunch and we will provide snacks and iced herbal tea.  

(Directions: Enter the main entrance of the Jones Library and take the stairway on the LEFT or elevator on the RIGHT to the second floor and the Amherst Room.  Look for NDEW signs and the electric vehicle logo to guide you.)

2.  2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Speak with EV owners who will have their personal plug-in electric vehicles on display outside in the driveway of the Jones Library.  This is an opportunity to see EVs that are in the marketplace right now.  Learn first-hand about the joys and benefits of driving electric.  Get information about a wonderful new incentive for purchasing an electric vehicle and about options for installing a residential solar electric system as you consider ways to reduce your carbon footprint.  Hear about the efforts by the Citizens' Climate Lobby to help our elected representatives to support Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation.  Gifts include lightweight backpack with zippered pocket, aluminum BPA-free water bottle, baseball cap and USB fan. 

This event is free and open to the public. Register using the blue button at the top of this page and be entered to win a chance at a $250 gift card!

About National Drive Electric Week
National Drive Week events feature plug-in electric vehicle owners sharing their experience with others interested in driving electric.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 51 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Volt 3
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 3
Chevrolet Bolt 2
Tesla Model S 2
Tesla Model X 2
Ford C-MAX Energi 1
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 1
Other Plug-In Vehicle 1
Volkswagen e-Golf 1
Zero Motorcycle 1
10 Models 17

Registered attendees report 255,626 electric miles driven.

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