National Drive Electric Week
Sep 15, 2018
|Day:||Saturday, September 15, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.|
Thanks to a $2,500 Ride-n-Drive grant from Plug In America, the first annual Lowell Drives Electric, held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, was a stunning success. Thanks to the EV car owners and visitors, we had a perfect event in Lowell, Massachusetts along the beautiful Merrimack River at Heritage Farm Ice Cream & Restaurant. The weather was ideal and all four invited dealerships showed up to offer test drives in Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Chevy EV or PHEV vehicles. Dealerships included Lannan Chevrolet, Cornerstone Mitsubishi, Autofair Nissan, and Atamian Honda. In addition, 33 different owners of Tesla, Volvo, Smart Car, Chrysler, Kia, BMW EVs and many more makes of cars brought their vehicles for display. Approximately 13 owners took visitors for rides continually throughout the afternoon in their vehicles.
Lowell City Councilor Karen Cirillo was on hand to cut the ribbon opening Lowell Drives Electric at noon. Remarks from Co-City Captains Geoff Koetsch and Scott Darlington were followed by speakers from the Green Energy Consumers Alliance and Revision Energy. Later in the afternoon State Senate candidate and likely winner Ed Kennedy stopped by the Lowell Drives Electric to visit and talk with EV owners.
Throughout the course of the afternoon a band played classic rock songs as approximately 150 Lowell Drives Electric participants and owners enjoyed EV cars, music, and ice cream until 5 pm. We were also joined by many visitors walking to and from the large India Cultural Festival taking place across the street. In addition to the car test drives, demo rides, and displays, there was a kids zone complete with small electric car, electric bike demo rides from a bike store, and tents from environmental organizations (Sierra Club, 350.org), clean energy companies (Revision Energy), and the Green Energy Consumers Alliance. Participants and passersby alike enjoyed a dynamic and fun experience while learning about, sitting in, and driving electric vehicles.
photo by: Geoffrey Koetsch
In the foreground, three kids are with their own electric car as Steve Sanders' 2011 Tesla Roadster sits behind them. In the background, Tesla Model X owner John Harris explains the features of his vehicle to attendees.
The event is pending. Please visit the Attend page to find other National Drive Electric Week events.