National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Columbus, OH
Sep 15, 2019

Day: Sunday, September 15, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 2:00 PM -- 6:00 PM
Location: Beth Jacob Congregation
1223 College Avenue
Columbus, OH 43209
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2019.

Event Report

Here is my list of cars that gave rides.

Audi e-Tron (from dealer) ................................. 1
Chevrolet Bolt (I rented it from dealer-N/C)..... 1
Ford Focus EV (private owner) .......................... 1
Tesla Model S  (private owner) .......................... 1
Tesla Model X  (private owner) .......................... 1
Tesla Model 3  (private owners) ......................... 2

Here is my list of cars and an electric motorcycle that were on display only.

Cadillac PHEV (private owners) ......................... 2
Chevrolet Volt (private owner) ........................... 1
Nissan LEAF (private owner) ............................... 1
Tesla Model 3 (private owner) ............................. 1
Zero electric motorcycle (private owner) ........... 1

The number of EV's, PHEV's and an electric motorcycle that attended and gave rides are accurate.  All of the other numbers above are estimates or guesses.  

I gave two rides in the 2019 Chevy Bolt Premier model I rented from a Chevy dealer with no charge.  I got the estimated number of rides from 2 of the 7 cars.  I have to ask the remaining 5 car owners how many rides they think they gave.

Two different e-bike companies participated in this event.  One of them sells the e-bikes and the other rents the e-bikes for ride sharing.  Also a solar panel company participated.  This event was from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  

From 3:35 to 4:15 PM, I organized a panel discussion indoors involving 7 participants.  There were about 6 attendees in the audience.  After this was over, I went outside to try out the electric bikes and pick up some literatures from the solar panel company only to discover that the solar panel company and both e-bike companies already packed up and left!  Most of the EV's remained until 6 o'clock.  I later found out that only 2 or 3 people tried out the electric bikes.  From 2:00 to about 4:30, very few people came.  They really didn't start coming until between 4:15 and 4:30.  I blame myself for forgetting to remind the solar panel company and both electric bike companies that a lot more people will be coming later and encourage them to stay.  

Also at my event were some activities for children including face painting and a guy creating balloon characters.  I created a 36x48" display board showing the history of electric cars for my event.  I also laid out the literatures I received.  Oh yes, we had two raffle drawings.  One was a 50/50 raffle and the other was taking an EV home overnight.

No politicians nor did any officials from Smart Columbus, Clean Fuels Ohio or Drive Electric Columbus attended my event.  There was no music playing.  

I took a few pictures with both my phone and compact Canon camera.  A friend of mine, Michael Link took a lot of pictures with his big SLR camera for me.  I have to get the pictures from him.  I will then send some pictures and try to update the numbers for your survey later.  I am letting you know I never really had a crowd waiting to get a ride.  I will send the photos directly to Kylie Morgan to take care of.  


Joe Meyers
City Captain

Event Description


                       Let's celebrate National Drive Electric Week in Columbus, Ohio!  

Location:    Beth Jacob Congregation
Address:     1223 College Avenue  (On Route 33)
                       Columbus, Ohio  43209

Date:             Sunday, September 15,  2019
Time:            2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Joe Meyers Car and Tech Expo invites you to stop by Beth Jacob Congregation at 1223 College Avenue in Columbus on

 Sunday, September 15th from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM to celebrate National Drive Electric Week. 

See the EV's and PHEV's at the EV Showcase.  Ask EV drivers questions to see what it is really like to drive electric.  An EV panel discussion will be at 3:15 PM.

Byers Audi will have a 2019 Audi E-Tron, Germain Jaguar will have a 2019 Jaguar I-Pace and Dave Gill Chevrolet will have a 2019 Chevy Bolt at the EVent for you to see.  Pending is Dick Masheter Ford bringing a used 2016 Ford C-Max Energi. 

We will also have information available from Ecohouse Solar, Orbit City Bikes, Roam Bikes and more!  We will have activities for children.

50/50 raffle drawing and a drawing for overnight EV demo, plus other prizes.

Hot dogs will be available for purchase if you are hungry.  You may park on the side streets and at the JCC's parking lot.  There are EV chargers at the Bexley City Hall. 

Please note - registering to be an attendee does not provide placement in the display.  If you are interested in being an event volunteer, please contact us directly at Registration on this site is just letting us know that we will see you as a guest.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 19 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Bolt 1
Chevrolet Volt 1
Ford Focus Electric 1
Tesla Model 3 1
Zero Motorcycle 1
5 Models 5

Registered attendees report 120,117 electric miles driven.

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