National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Sep 26, 2020

Note: This is an online only event with no physical location.
Day: Saturday, September 26, 2020 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Audience: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, Local Area
Panelists: Chris Paine, Alexandra Paul, Paul Scott, Dave Raboy, Smitty Smith, Lori Clark, Buzz Smith, Marvin Campbell, Marc Geller, Jennifer Krill, Michael B Conklin, Amy Atchley, Dan Neil, Shelley Francis, Colette Divine, Jay Friedland, Chelsea Sexton, Sherry Boschert
Host: Dallas-Fort Worth electric car advocates
Recording: view the recorded presentation.
Topics: EV 101
Cost of Ownership
Driving Experience
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2020.

Event Report

Nearly 5,000 people viewed our NDEW Dallas-Fort Worth webinar, according to EarthX TV, which streamed it live on its website, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. The webinar was recorded and can be viewed on our event page. Furthermore, EarthX will post the event indefinitely (as will producer ZDS Communications). 

Our highlights included the first-ever reunion of the director (Chris Paine) and cast of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" who reminisced about the birth of the EV movement and the seminal protests and actions they took to help bring the industry to where it is today. These experts also discussed where the field must go now, with panel moderator Dan Neil, the Wall Street Journal's Pulitzer Prize-winning auto columnist, stating that electrified transportation, compared to internal combustion engine vehicles, "is a better business model going forward." Neil added that "the inevitability and the economics of [the auto industry] are clearly in favor of electrification." Others on the panel, many of them Plug In America co-founders, noted the indispensable contribution that individual action, in addition to regulation and corporate cooperation, made and will continue to make in accelerating EV adoption. 
The first part of our program included an EV 101 panel likewise featuring field leaders such as Texas' top Chevy plug-in sales consultant, who now trains EV sales people; national leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion discussing how to expand EV use; a look at the growing EV arena in North Texas and elsewhere in the state illustrated by videos and a message from Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson; and more video footage of a competitive EV road rally and the creation of a Tesla Cybertruck made from recycled plastic. 

All of our panelists are identified in the photo attached.

Finally, many thanks to our sponsors, partners and co-organizers: CarbonLITE Recycling and PinnPACK Packaging, Oncor Electric Delivery,  EarthX, Electrify America, Adopt a Charger, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the North Texas Tesla Owners Group, Forth Mobility, Current EV, ZDS Communications and Plug In America, who awarded us a grant through Electrify America to help education everyone about the wondrous, ever expanding world of EVs. 

photo by: Zan Dubin-Scott, ZDS Communications
From top to bottom, left to right: Buzz Smith, Marvin Campbell, Amy Atchley, Lori Pampell Clark, Alexandra Paul, Michael B. Conklin, Shelley Francis, Tom "Smitty" Smith, StEVie, Dan Neil, Jennifer Krill, Dave Raboy, Marc Geller, Chelsea Sexton, Sherry Boschert, Paul Scott, Jay Friedland, Chris Paine, Colette Divine.

Event Description


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PART ONE: 11 a.m. PDT/1  p.m. CDT/2 p.m. EDT
--EV owner videos
--EV 101 panel with info on going electric for the first time
--A video from Chevrolet produced exclusively for our event
--An artistic Tesla Cybertruck created out of recycled plastic
--Special content from the City of Dallas and Trinity Metro
--A timed EV road rally around North Texas from Oncor Electric Delivery 
--Video from race car driver/environmentalist Leilani Munter
--Discussion of equity and diversity in the EV field with Dr. Shelley Francis of EVNoire and others
--Emcees: long-time EV activists Alexandra Paul (a.k.a. an original "Baywatch" actress) and Marvin Campbell

PART TWO: 12:30 p.m. PDT/2:30 CDT/3:30 p.m. EDT
--A historic, first-time discussion, "Birth of the EV Movement--And Where We Must Go Now," reuniting Chris Paine, director of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" Chelsea Sexton, the documentary's main figure and one of the world's top EV experts, and other early activists from the documentary, without whom EVs wouldn't be widespread today. Dan Neil, the Wall Street Journal's Pulitzer Prize-winning auto columnist, will moderate. 

Our  sponsors: 

CarbonLITE Recycling


Electrify America

The North Central Texas Council of Governments, EarthX, PinnPACK Packaging, North Texas Tesla Owners Group, Adopt a Charger, Forth Mobility, Current EV

Your Dallas NDEW Emcees: EV Activists Alexandra "Baywatch Babe" Paul and Marvin Campbell.

North Texas Council of Government's 2019 NDEW Event. Photo: Ken Oltmann/CoServ


Registered Attendees

There are currently 216 attendees registered.

Registered attendees report 4,068,552 electric miles driven.

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