National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Electrify Buffalo Community Ride-Around
Buffalo, NY
Sep 25, 2021

Day: Saturday, September 25, 2021 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
Location: BNMC Innovation Center (parking lot)
589 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2021.

Event Report

Electrify Buffalo (our first-ever NDEW event) drew roughly 300 participants, including 25 vendor partners, 30+ EV drivers (the Tesla row was dreamy!), and 5 of the area’s largest dealers who brought out 11 vehicles for test drives, including the Mustang Mach-E and Audi E-Tron. We also had a Porsche Taycan, but eye candy only!

A few political VIPs with cameras behind them. Check out WIVB Channel 4’s coverage:

From the brief conversations with attendees and vendors alike, people remarked how well it was organized and how much they learned. In sum, everyone came away better for it! It was an excellent start to something very special that we’ll build year on year. Thinking into 2022 – and, in the interest of capturing feedback while it’s fresh, the planning team held a debrief call with the participating vendors: what we did well, where we can improve, and new ideas or feedback from the experience. We're already excited for 2022 and getting the NDEW 2022 dates!

photo by: Tesla Owners Club of NYS
Visitors stroll through vendor row - just 4 of our 25 participating vendors - ACV Auctions, NOCO, Buffalo Solar, Solar Liberty.

More photos from this event.

Event Description


Electrify Buffalo - Community Ride-Around: 

The BNMC, National Grid, UB and others are teaming up to bring Buffalo and the WNY community an experience with all-things electric transportation! At this free event, you’ll demo electric vehicles (test drives originating on site), and see charging stations, e-scooters, e-bikes, e-backhoes and other electric transport in action. You’ll also learn about consumer incentives and other green energy resources that are paving the way to our clean energy future.

Food Trucks, Raffle prizes, Kid Zone – Bring the family!

     WHEN – Sept 25 (or Oct 2 rain date), 11 AM - 3 PM

     WHY – Community Education and Community Experience with the goal of Community Adoption. Providing a look, feel, see-it-to-believe-it, relatable engagement with EVs, charging stations, and other electrified transport options (e-scooters, e-backhoes, etc.) 

WHO – Core Team of primary organizing entities:


What they’re contributing/promoting


Host site and logistics + EV charging stations on site

National Grid

Charging Station Make-Ready Program, EV Advisor, event marketing, promotion


Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association - Member dealer EV test drives

Shared Mobility

e-Scooter demos and electric-assist bikeshare demos

Viridi Parente

Green Machine - Battery-powered utility vehicles

University at Buffalo

Autonomous self-driving shuttle ("Olli"), self-driving Lincoln sedan & STEM activities for kids


ZEV busing later this year


Charge Ready Program + other clean energy resources

Erie County

Erie County Climate Action Plan

Clean Communities of WNY

Coalition of stakeholders representing local business, government agencies, and CBOs

WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable

Collaborative of WNY businesses integrating sustainability into their operations to benefit staff, the environment, and their bottom line

AAA Western & Central NY

World-class roadside assistance - EV drivers too


Featuring the Roadie - world’s first only ultra-fast modular portable EV charger


Comprehensive charging for businesses, fleets, and drivers

Moto Village

Electric Side x Sides, Motorcycles, and Neighborhood Carts

EV Charging & Green Energy installers

Solar Liberty, EnergyMark, Montante Solar, Frey Electric, Buffalo Solar, NOCO

EV Driver enthusiasts

Their own EVs and driver experience conversations

And any/all others collaborating towards our clean transportation community

….. YOU!!!

WHERE (home base) – BNMC Innovation Center parking lot (589 Ellicott St., Buffalo) where all pillar/partner orgs will have designated showcase areas.

WHAT ELSE – Food Trucks, Raffle prizes, Kid Zone!!!

Registered Attendees

There are currently 338 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 6
Chevrolet Bolt 3
Hyundai KONA Electric 3
Ioniq Electric 3
Cadillac ELR 2
Chevrolet Volt 2
Tesla Model X 2
Tesla Model Y 2
AC Propulsion eBox 1
Ford Mustang Mach-E 1
Harley Davidson LiveWire 1
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 1
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid 1
Kia Niro Electric 1
Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid 1
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 1
Tesla Model S 1
Toyota RAV4 Prime 4WD/AWD 1
Volkswagen ID.4 1
19 Models 34

Registered attendees report 591,094 electric miles driven.

Presented By

Plugin America logo
Electric Vehicle Association logo
Sierra Club logo
EVHybridNoire logo
Drive Electric USA logo

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Green Level Sponsor

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

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