National Drive Electric Week
Sep 10, 2017
|Sunday, September 10, 2017 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
|Cascade Valley Park & Cascade Lofts
21 W North St
Akron, OH 44308
The weather was good, two food trailers turned up, the facilities were decent, but a lot of the surrounding area was torn up by construction. This, along with the limited degree of promotion the various groups present, probably cut our attendance in half. If we could have had a spot on a plaza or another location that would be more friendly to pedestrians, we might meet with more success. Perhaps we'll be able to hold it in Cuyahoga Falls next year once they finish converting their old pedmall back to a low-speed road. Such a location would also offer the ability to demonstrate chargers.
We had a good mix of vehicles, including a pair of Tesla Model S. The first-generation Chevrolet Volt was dominant. I should have asked a few more people to wash their Volts up beforehand, it does wonders for curb appeal. The engine display was a happy accident, but the Tesla guy couldn't easily take out his frunk.
Both me and Tom Dolezal managed to get into the company bulletin, so that's a plus.
photo by: Adam Shands
Vehicles Include: BMW i3-REX Nissan Leaf (x2) Tesla Model S (x2) Chevrolet Volt (x4) Ford C-Max Energi Hyundai Sonata PHEV Fiat 500e Assorted electric assist bikes.
The Electric Vehicle (EV) Ride & Drive at Cascade Park will be hosted by Clean Fuels Ohio and GAINS (Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability) on September 10th, 11 AM-3 PM.
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.
There are currently 61 attendees registered.
Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend
|Nissan Leaf (2011-2017)
|BMW i3 REx
|Ford C-MAX Energi
|Hyundai Sonata Plug-In
|Tesla Model S
Registered attendees report 332,528 electric miles driven.