National Drive Electric Week
Sep 11, 2018
|Day:||Tuesday, September 11, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the events page.|
|Time:||4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.|
|Location:||Bellevue Downtown Park
10201 NE 4th ST
Bellevue, WA 98004
Despite Weather.GOV's Monday forecast for lightning and thunderstorms right in the middle of our Tuesday event hours, over two-thirds of the event's pre-registered, intrepid northwesterners ignored the predicted bad weather. They showed up to celebrate their plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) driving experiences as well as share them with the general public at Bellevue's fabulous Downtown Park. In true local weather fashion, the day turned out to be mostly sunny in the comfortable high sixties. The park, "Bellevue's front lawn," was filled with activity. The pleasant weather encouraged many unsuspecting park users to become celebration drop-ins and learn about PEVs.
Those who pre-registered represented over 3/4 million miles of PEV driving experience, 225 metric tons of CO2 NOT created in the past and 190 metric tons of CO2 which will NOT be created annually going forward into the future.
At the event, there were eleven Tesla PEVs representing all models including one original roadster and a half dozen Model 3s. There were also 4 each of Chevrolet Bolts and Nissan LEAFs including 2 of the newly redesigned 2018 LEAFs.
Also of note:
A youthful first-time car buyer, Andrew Munsell, displayed his brand new, mineral gray, 2018 BMW I3 REx. Andrew mentioned that he had been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to acquire his first-ever car which he wanted for a long time to be a plug-in electric. Yea youth!
Jay Hamlin brought his crowd pleasing, beautifully restored, and now electrified 1964 VW bug.
The Seattle Electric Vehicle Association held its regular monthly meeting at City Hall imediately following the celebration in the park.
Several local elected officials attended the celebration. Bellevue Mayor John Chelminiak spoke about the city's support for PEVs and its National Drive Electric Week proclamation. Bellevue City Councilmember Janice Zahn and Mercer Island City Councilmember Wendy Weicker were also in attendance.
photo by: Grace Reamer
It was a great turnout despite threatening weather reports.
Registration is FREE to display your PEV in the park by registering as an attendee and then using the "comments" box to list the year and model of the PEV you want to display.
Volunteer (select Washington - Bellevue) to help with the evening’s activities or just sign-up as someone planning to attend the event so you can receive updates on activities scheduled for the event.
There are currently 74 attendees registered.
Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend
|Tesla Model 3||9|
|Kia Soul EV||4|
|Nissan Leaf (2011-2017)||4|
|Tesla Model S||3|
|BMW i3 REx||2|
|Nissan Leaf (2018+)||2|
|Other Plug-In Vehicle||2|
|Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid||1|
|Smart fortwo electric drive||1|
|Tesla Model X||1|
|Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later)||1|
Registered attendees report 739,555 electric miles driven.
In the News…