National Drive Electric Week
Drive Electric Week Asheboro NC Zoo
Oct 01, 2021
||Friday, October 1, 2021 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
||North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
US, state and local elected officials were well represented at the event, including the following: State Sen. Dave Craven, Dept. of Environmental Quality Sec. Elizabeth Biser, Randolph County Commissioner Hope Haywood, State Rep. Allen McNeill, NC Zoo officials, NC DOT officials, NC Dept. of Cultural and Natural Resources officials, and US Rep. Ted Budd's office.
Randolph Electric Membership Corporation was the primary sponsor. The North Carolina Zoo hosted the event, and the strong partnership between REMC and the Zoo, in addition to the participation and EV demonstrations from (the Triad Electric Vehicle Association) TEVA and Plug-In NC, made the event a success. ChargePoint was represented as they are the manufacturer of the new EV chargers at the Zoo. These chargers were the focal point of our event and were celebrated with a ribbon-cutting.
EVs on display were the following: the Nissan Leaf, multiple Chevy Bolts, several models of Teslas including the Plaid, the Roadster and others, a Polestar, the new Volvo, and the new Mustang Mach E. The organizers greatly appreciate the participation of the dealerships represented. The North Carolina Zoo also had several multi-passenger carriers retroactively fitted for electric power in addition to new trucks and service EVs on display.
This was the first event since 2019, which was the inaugural event. Given that the organizers could not host the event in 2020, we did not know what to expect. The attendance and positive spirit present far exceeded our expectations. We were especially pleased to host a local high school class and to engage with the public about the low cost of EV charging programs. Students and the public learned not only about new vehicles available to them, but also about the experience of owning an EV.
photo by: Randolph EMC
The North Carolina Zoo passenger vehicles, a Chevy Bolt, and a Polestar are just a few of the EVs featured at our event.
Pictured here are volunteers from TEVA and local students who came to learn about EVs.
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feet of another person at all National Drive Electric Week 2022 events.
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Join Randolph EMC at the NC Zoo for National Drive Electric Week!
Experience different electric vehicle (EV) models and charging options on-site at the NC Zoo. We’ll have informational material from the Triad EV Association about the benefits of EVs and knowledgeable EV owners and energy advisors available to share their insights.
- Friday, October 1, 2021
- 9 a.m. – 12 noon
- "Floating Event"—Come anytime during these hours!
- N.C. Zoo
4401 Zoo Pkwy
Asheboro, N.C. 27205
- North America parking lot directly across from the Stedman Building
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Anyone interested in learning about the potential capabilities of electric vehicles
- Anyone interested in the benefits of purchasing an EV
- Current EV owners of any make and model
- School educators and administrators
- Business professionals and owners
- Zoo visitors
The first 100 event visitors will receive a free gift.
There are currently 62 attendees registered.
Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend
|Tesla Model 3
|Tesla Model Y
|Nissan Leaf (2018+)
|Ford Mustang Mach-E
|Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
|Nissan Leaf (2011-2017)
|Other Plug-In Vehicle
|Tesla Model S
Registered attendees report 488,703 electric miles driven.