National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Jackson, WI
Sep 21, 2019

Day: Saturday, September 21, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10-3
Location: New Hope UCC
4360 Jackson Drive
Jackson, WI 53037
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2019.

Event Report

On behalf of Drive $mart Wisconsin, New Hope UCC and the National Drive Electric Week, I want to thank everyone who participated in our Electric Vehicle Fair last Saturday in Jackson. Though a chance of rain was predicted, it held off all day, allowing over 250 individuals to drive/ride and talk to EV/PHEV owners about the benefits of EV ownership.

With 29 EV/PHEV vehicles and 16 models registered, we had 8 dealers and 21 owners on site to offer over 80 ride and drives to attendees which is what really sells the technology. We had over 75 people attend one of our 4 half hour EV Owners Forum sessions where EV questions on ownership, charging, tax credits and overall benefits were discussed. In addition, the Owners Forum gave the attendees the opportunity to learn about the Drive $mart Wisconsin training that can help drivers achieve 10-30% better mileage in their current vehicle.

I also want to thank the 20 volunteers from both Drive $mart Wisconsin and the New Hope UCC church that helped organize this event and managed it throughout the day. They maintained the safety of all on site as well as offered hospitality through welcoming and encouraging conversations.

I’m most appreciative to all the EV/PHEV owners who took the time and effort to spend to spend 5 hours of their weekend time teaching residents of Washington County about EV’s by sharing their knowledge and expertise of ownership. I also want to thank the dealers for joining us, even though a Saturday is the busiest day at the dealership, and for offering rides in EV/PHEV’s that many drivers have not experienced before. I apologize if I did not personally introduce myself to you and thank you on Saturday for participating in this event. Personal connections are what will help us move forward in spreading the news on EV’s.

With the success of this NDEW Electric Vehicle Fair, D$W is looking at creating additional local/regional events like this one, in addition to the annual DEED and NDEW nationwide events. If you would be interested in participating in another local/regional Electric Vehicle Fair in the future, please send me your email address to or 414-881-4226 so we can make future plans together.

Finally, each of you have helped plant the seeds of change in Washington County and I expect through your passion and expertise, those seeds will blossom with additional EV/PHEV’s driving our roads in the future.

photo by: Bradlee Fons, Drive $mart Wisconsin
Guests at our D$W/NDEW event on Saturday Sept 21st at the New Hope UCC church talk with a Tesla Model 3 owner while a Jaguar I-Pace and a Volvo XC60 await to be test driven. 29 EV/PHEV's and 16 different models were on site for the over 250 people who attended the event.

Event Description


Our D$W/NDEW event in Jackson is now closed for display or ride/drive of EV/PHEV vehicles. However, we will still accept RSVP for attendance.

One of the largest Wisconsin 2019 NDEW events will be hosted by Drive $mart Wisconsin and the HOPE Creation Care Team on Saturday Sept. 21st at New Hope UCC in Jackson Wisconsin from 10am to 3pm.  There will be static displays, ride and drives, manufacturers reps, EV club members and D$W owners on site to answer any and all questions on EV’s. There will be a D$W EV Information Forum every hour on the hour from 11-2 to talk about EV technology, ownership, maintenance benefits and personal driving experiences. There will be food/beverages on site for sale by the New Hope UCC Mission/Outreach team as well.

This will be the 3rd NDEW for Drive $mart Wisconsin and 1st for the HOPE Creation Care Team from New Hope UCC. Since 2006 and with over 900 members, Drive $mart Wisconsin is the nation’s largest grassroots group promoting green transportation options and teaching drivers how to get the most efficiency out of their vehicles. The New Hope UCC Creation Care Team has been recently created to educate church members on environmental concerns and how to mitigate their effects.

The 2018 NDEW event again hosted by D$W in Greenfield Wi. Last year’s event, the largest in Wisconsin, attracted 22 EV/PHEV’s from 10 manufacturers and offered 13 electric vehicles for ride/drives with 58 drivers going out on drives. This event had about 150 in attendance with 63 participating in the D$W EV Owners Forum learning about all aspects of EV ownership and learned about $mart driving skills to achieve maximum fuel/range efficiency.

The Fuel of the Future is Efficiency.



Registered Attendees

There are currently 94 attendees registered.

Dealers Are Bringing These Vehicles

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 7
Chevrolet Bolt 6
Chevrolet Volt 4
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 2
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 2
Tesla Model S 2
BMW i3 REx 1
BMW i8 1
EV Conversion 1
Ford C-MAX Energi 1
Jaguar I-Pace 1
Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid 1
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 1
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 1
Toyota Prius Prime 1
Volvo XC90 AWD PHEV 1
16 Models 33

Registered attendees report 637,928 electric miles driven.

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Drive Electric USA logo

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

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