National Drive Electric Week
Sep 14, 2019
|Day:||Saturday, September 14, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the events page.|
|Time:||9 AM-1 PM|
Dorey Park Farmers Market
2999 Darbytown Road
Richmond, VA 23231
Richmond's sixth annual celebration of National Drive Electric Week was very successful, educating 100 people about the benefits of the electrification of transportation.
A large part of the credit for this success goes to the tireless volunteers behind Drive Electric RVA and several strategic partnerships that "supercharged" the NDEW event compared to previous years. Generation 180, a Charlottesville, Va., non-profit, used the event to launch the outreach portion of its Electrify Your Ride VA campaign. Environment Virginia provided additional marketing support, inviting local government officials and school board members to learn more about electric school buses. The Dorey Park Farmers Market hosted the event, providing a prime location adjacent to its busy weekly market.
We had 20 electric vehicles on display, five of which were available for ride-and-drives. EV owners from throughout metro Richmond contributed to the display, while several of them came from as far away as Charlottesville, Hampton Roads, and northern Virginia ... and even a few from North Carolina and New Jersey! In addition, Generation 180 offered face painting, an electric car-themed play area for kids, and free coffee and bagels produced by locally owned businesses. And, information on solar energy, alternative fuels, and carbon tax and dividend policy was available from Solar United Neighbors of Virginia, Virginia Clean Cities, and the Richmond chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby.
photo by: Drive Electric RVA
Jon Baker talks to event attendees about his Zero Motorcycle and Chevy Volt, not to mention the solar panels that help fuel both vehicles
Drive Electric RVA is partnering with Generation 180, Environment Virginia, and the Dorey Park Farmers Market to organize the metro area’s largest display of electric vehicles for National Drive Electric Week. We will showcase a variety of models — from everyday commuter cars like the Nissan LEAF to luxury options like the Jaguar I-Pace, from compacts like the Chevy Spark to the Zero Motorcycle, from Tesla's best-selling Model 3 to its trend-setting Roadster. Attendees will have a chance to look under the hood and ask questions of car owners, plus rides will be offered in selected vehicles.
A wealth of information about electric vehicles, renewable energy, and other topics related to environmental policy will be provided by our event partners, along with Solar United Neighbors of Virginia and the Richmond chapter of Citizen's Climate Lobby. There will also be fun activities for the whole family, giveaways, and free food from Bodo's Bagels and Bugle Call Coffee. Afterwards, you can shop the farmers market for fresh local produce, prepared foods, and crafts.
Please register by clicking the button above if you plan to attend.
(NOTICE FOR EV OWNERS: We have reached the maximum number of electric vehicles that we can display at the event. We still invite you to stop by to introduce yourself and talk with the other EV owners. If you want to show off your car and share your experiences for NDEW, please consider attending events in Charlottesville or Fairfax.)
There are currently 73 attendees registered.
Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend
|Tesla Model 3||7|
|Nissan Leaf (2011-2017)||4|
|BMW i3 REx||2|
|Tesla Model S||2|
|Chevy Spark EV||1|
|Ford C-MAX Energi||1|
|Nissan Leaf (2018+)||1|
Registered attendees report 649,000 electric miles driven.
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