National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Providence, RI
Sep 16, 2018

Day: Sunday, September 16, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Dalrymple Boathouse at Roger Williams Park
Maple Ave
Providence, RI 02905
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2018.

Event Report

Green Energy Consumers Alliance’s event took place at the Dalrymple Boathouse in Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday, September 16 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. We had a ride and drive around the park, a band and games for entertainment, plus free food for attendees via a food truck. Our vendors included Resource Recovery of Rhode Island, SustainPVD (the Sustainability Office for the City of Providence), and the Office of Energy Resources. The event was very successful and had approximately 125 attendees with 52 of those people participating in test drives.
The ride and drive was very successful. We had ten cars attend the event. These cars included three Teslas, one Chevy Bolt and one Volt, one BMW i8, two Prius Primes, one Nissan Leaf and a Mini Cooper Countryman. Not all of these vehicles were available to test drive as some were personal vehicles, but people enjoyed learning about and looking at them. Attendees were engaged, excited, and eager to test drive. There were even points where we had a bit of a queue to register attendees for test drives. While the majority of my team’s time was spent registering attendees for their test drives, all other time was spent educating people about electric vehicles and the benefits of owning/leasing one. Attendees appreciated having multiple makes and models of electric vehicles all in one place for comparison and exposure.
It seems prudent to point out that while people filled out the pre-test drive survey, not very many came back to do the post-test drive survey. This is something my team made note of and tried to rectify, but were unable to get everyone back to the registration booth. I would also like to mention that many attendees complained that the survey was too long. In fact, filling out the survey was part of the reason we became backed up when registering attendees for test drives.
Overall, this was a great National Drive Electric Week event that we would like to repeat annually.

photo by: Priscilla De La Cruz
Green Energy Consumers can be seen here registering people for its ride and drive in Roger Williams Park. Green Energy Consumers was joined by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources who was onsite to help educate attendees about electric vehicles. The Chevy Bolt in the foreground of this picture belongs to one of our EV Ambassadors who was on-hand to inform people on the benefits of driving a Bolt.

More photos from this event.

Event Description


Electric cars at Roger Williams Park ... and a big announcement!

People's Power & Light is partnering with SustainPVD to celebrate National Drive Electric Week (NDEW)... and what better way to celebrate NDEW than with a fun, family-friendly picnic and the opportunity to test drive electric cars around the beautiful Roger Williams Park?

Looking for the best electric car for you? Look no further! We'll have all sorts of electric cars on-hand including the Mitsubsishi Outlander PHEV, VW e-Golf, Nissan LEAF, Toyota Prius Prime and more!

In September, People's Power & Light is changing its name. Come join us for the unveiling! Our new name will reflect our commitment to empowering everyday people to make green energy choices in the most cost-effective, practical and seamless ways possible, and to advocate for energy policies that benefit the greater good.

Join People's Power & Light and SustainPVD to celebrate electric vehicles and a big announcement!

Sunday, Sept 16th at 12:00 - 4:00 PM at Dalrymple Boathouse, Roger Willliams Park, Maple Ave., Providence, RI

  • Test drive electric cars during National Drive Electric Week, thanks to our partnership with SustainPVD!

  • Food, live music, lawn games & fun for the whole family

  • Free and open to the public! Please RSVP to receive a free food voucher.

We hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact or 401-861-6111

Registered Attendees

There are currently 29 attendees registered.

Presented By

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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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