National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Hamden, CT
Sep 08, 2018

Day: Saturday, September 8, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Miller Memorial Library
2901 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2018.

Event Report

The Hamden NDEW event was the first-ever in Hamden and in the New Haven metropolitan area.

43 people registered on the NDEW website. These registrants indicated that an additional 34 people would accompany them (43 + 34 = 77 total). Among these attendees, 24 EVs were registered.

At the actual event, 21 EVs were displayed, including these models: Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max Energi, BMW i3REx, Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi, Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Nissan Leaf, and an electric bicycle.

Although 77 individuals were registered online, we estimate at least 100, probably closer to 120, individuals attended the event; some came from afar including Long Island, Fairfield County, Haddam, CT, and Waterford, CT.

A proclamation signed by Hamden Mayor Curt Leng declaring the Hamden National Drive Electric Week, 8–16 September 2018, was presented at the event.

photo by: Robert Langdon
Guest and EV Owners discuss their vehicles near a historic red barn. Hamden, Connecticut, September 8, 2018.

Event Description


"Electrify Your Drive!" 
A Free EV Car Show and Information Session 

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers and enthusiasts, the Town of Hamden, and the Hamden Energy Use and Climate Change Commission are hosting an educational event about electric vehicles for all interested people to highlight the clean-air and cost-savings advantages of these now widely available vehicles. Experienced EV owners will show their EVs and will discuss why they like their electric vehicles and how they use them on their daily commutes and longer distance drives, as well as how they charge the cars’ batteries.

Participants will learn about the differences between electric vehicles and conventional gas-powered cars (including why electric vehicles are much less expensive to operate and maintain), the widespread locations and different types of charging stations in Connecticut, the wide range of EV models available now, and the benefits of electric vehicles for the environment and for public health. We will have two Question-and-Answer sessions with a panel of EV owner/drivers, EV experts from local auto dealers, and Town of Hamden environmental officials.

Attendees will also learn about special savings programs for Connecticut EV drivers, including state rebates, federal tax credits, and low-interest loans from the Connecticut Green Bank for purchasing and leasing electric vehicles.

Plug-in vehicles by Nissan, Chevrolet, Toyota, Honda, Mercedes, BMW and other automakers will be displayed and some will be available for test ride-and-drives. Mayor Curt Leng will present a proclamation naming September 8–15 Hamden Drive Electric Week.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 77 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 5
Tesla Model S 5
Chevrolet Bolt 4
Chevrolet Volt 2
Ford C-MAX Energi 2
BMW i3 REx 1
Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid 1
Ford Fusion Energi 1
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Other Plug-In Vehicle 1
11 Models 24

Registered attendees report 290,865 electric miles driven.

In the News…

Presented By

Plugin America logo
Electric Vehicle Association logo
Sierra Club logo
EVHybridNoire logo
Drive Electric USA logo

All NDEW 2024 sponsors support Plug In America's coordination of National Drive Electric Week.

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