National Drive Electric Week
Sep 27, 2020
|Day:||Sunday, September 27, 2020 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.|
Event ReportKauaiEV had an awesome EVent! Because of Covid we did not have a regular Ride and Drive EVent like the years before, instead we had a caravan visiting our charging stations. Mission Zero Hawaii donated a 2-day Kia Soul rental, so a potential EV buyer could attend in the Soul and really get to know the car, she was later able to test-drive a Nissan Leaf as well. Another potential EV buyer came as a passenger in a Nissan Leaf, and then switched and rode in one of the Kia Niros. Other than that we sadly had to discourage test rides and drives.
The starting point was at a very popular EV charger location in front of Safeway, and got very high visibility for the 1/2 hour we were at the start. We were able to help EV drivers who had troubles with these chargers before, and successfully charged for a while. 17 EV drivers attended with their vehicle.
Almost all EV drivers dialed into a zoom meeting and we toured Lihue, visiting charging stations on the way and stopped at the Kauai County building to look at and try their 8 new dual chargers. Most of them were turned on, and we demonstrated how to use them, and chatted about chargers, EVs, policy, admired a self-parking Tesla. After 20 minutes we left, visited more chargers.
The next stop was at the Coconut marketplace where we discussed the chargers that were installed there a couple years ago and never turned on. After another 15 minutes we drove to our last stop, the Kealia lookout or Kaiakea point. The public was invited to this part and we showed our EVs in a beautiful island setting. Another EV driver in a Chevy Bolt joined us there, so we had a total of 18 cars, some drivers had to leave shortly after getting
We stayed 45 minutes to show and photograph our cars. Our drone photographer was Eric Burton, who also runs the Kapaa food pantry at The Kauai Store. He is the proud owner of a self-built electric bike and donated his time and expertise flying his drone in the coastal breeze.
Much of the EVent was broadcast live on Facebook, to view please join the KauaiEV Facebook group.
Thank you to all our participants and volunteers, our local sponsors, to the NDEW team, to Plug-In-America, the Sierra Club, the Electric Auto Association, the Nissan Leaf and all the other sponsors!
photo by: Eric Burton - The Kauai Store
We had a total of 18 all electric cars, 14 stayed for the drone photos! We had Kia Niros and Souls, Nissan Leaf 2014-2019, Tesla Model S and Model 3, a Chevy Bolt!
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