National Drive Electric Week
San Jose, CA
Sep 08, 2018
|Day:||Saturday, September 8, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.|
|Location:||San Jose, CA
This last minute registration as a NDEW event was to boost our statistics. The San Jose Chapter of the EAA annually participates in the local Airport Day, where the public can come in an get free rides. There were probably 500 cars that parked there with attendees wandering the tarmac, looking at the planes, the antique cars, the hot rods AND THE EVs we brought. There were robotics displays in action, food trucks in the parking lot and a very civil crowd.
One EAA old timer brought his home-made walking horse, pulling a covered carriage driven by a 3 phase motor, totally solar powered. It was a 1 HP bike motor, and room to seat two, with electronic reins to steer, featuring giant 4 foot stagecoach wheels. Crafted for "Burning Man" about 15 years ago, it still attracted many, and the kids loved it.
Our EV display was static because of the heavy pedestrian traffic. Our table had the brochures from Plug In America, and we had various people come by asking about the organization. Lasting from 10-3 we had slow but steady traffic.
On display we had:
1 Tesla Model 3,
1 Converted VW Golf (with lithium batteries and functional A/C ).
1 City-El (three-wheeled single seater)
1 2011 Nissan LEAF (on its second battery pack)
1 Chevy Bolt EV
A half dozen attendees drove their EVs (Tesla, Bolt EV, i3 wtc) but parked in the visitor area. They probably came for the airplane rides.
Total event attendance was probably 2-3,000. Unknown, since we were not the organizers.
The event is pending. Please visit the Attend page to find other National Drive Electric Week events.