National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Technology Takes the Wheel
Columbus, OH
Sep 30, 2021

Note: This is an online only event with no physical location.
Day: Thursday, September 30, 2021 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Audience: Columbus, OH, Local Area
Recording: view the recorded presentation.
Topics: EV 101
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2021.

Event Report

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Title screen of the weinar

Event Description


Interest in electric vehicles (EVs) is growing and they are rapidly becoming more common on our roadways. In recent months, there have been several announcements regarding investments in EVs and electric vehicle charging. Still, many have questions about the cost, range, charging infrastructure and what an electric future may look like. 

This event will take a look at how students and professionals are working to accelerate electric vehicle adoption and prepare for mobility of the future.

Technology Takes the Wheel® is a free, educational seminar series that explores autonomous vehicles and their societal impacts.

These events are presented by AAA, DriveOhio, The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research, the Transportation Research Center, Columbus State Community College, and Smart Columbus.

FORMAL PRESENTATION: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Video Welcome: Jon Husted, Lt. Governor, Ohio
  • DriveOhio Update: Howard Wood, Executive Director, DriveOhio
  • Keynote Speaker: Jordan Davis, Executive Director, Smart Columbus
  • Students from Herbert Mills STEAM Elementary School in Reynoldsburg will showcase their “Smart Reynoldsburg” projects and share their vision for the future

Panel Discussion: 
  •  Matt Ringlien, Inventory Director, Dave Gill Chevrolet
  • Julie Volpe-Walker, Principal Engineer, AEP Ohio
  • Rich Granger, Managing Director, Workforce and Economic Development, DriveOhio
  • Morgan Kauffman, CEO, Columbus Yellow Cab
  • Colin Knight, Project Manager, The Ohio State University EcoCar

 STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 11:30 a.m. – noon
 Learn what the next generation of EV and smart mobility entrepreneurs are creating to help design a transportation system of the future.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 32 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 3
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 2
Cadillac CT6 Plug-In 1
Cadillac ELR 1
Chevrolet Bolt 1
Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid 1
Ford Fusion Energi 1
Kia Niro Electric 1
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 1
Tesla Model S 1
Tesla Model Y 1
11 Models 14

Registered attendees report 385,957 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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All NDEW 2024 sponsors support Plug In America's coordination of National Drive Electric Week.

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