National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Gasless in Shelburne Falls
Shelburne Falls, MA
Oct 03, 2021

Day: Sunday, October 3, 2021 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Location: Catamount Traders
874 Mohawk Trail
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
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Event Report

The promotional title, GASLESS IN SHELBURNE FALLS, was negative, but our working title was positive: Change is Coming. 

The event featured a COVID-careful static display of battery electric passenger cars, from a 2007 ZENN to a 2022 VW ID.4   A battery electric riding lawn mower and e-bicycles, provided attendees, young and old, the opportunity to drive electric.  Inclusion of the e-mower facilitated conversations about the negative impacts of gas mowers. (https://www.cfet.org/cleaner-air-the-environmental-impacts-of-gas-lawn-mowers/)  We also displayed battery electric hand tools.  Exhibitors provided information about residential photovoltaic solar and low-carbon/passive solar home construction, both of which complement EV ownership.

A fledgling antique business provided a large grassy display area and 150'  tent, along the most scenic highway in the state.  We partnered with Baystate Bike Month and the National Solar Tour in order to promote their messages and amplify ours.

State Representative Natalie Blais arrived in her Tesla Model 3, and the owners of EDDIE'S WHEELS, who help animals who have lost the use of their front or hind legs to regain mobility, brought two happy dogs to spread the love. 

BEST QUOTE FROM AN EV OWNER   When asked about the risk of being stranded without a place to charge: "All EVs can be charged from a standard electric outlet. There are less than 200,000 gas stations and more than 5 billion standard outlets in America."

photo by: PIONEER VALLEY ELECTRIC AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION
The dedicated owner of this 2007 ZENN drove 70+ miles from Albany and back on 35 MPH roads on the day of the event. Manufactured in France and purchased in Canada, it operates reliably on lead-acid batteries and drew a lot of attention for EV technology that is accessible to an everyday person.

Event Description

 

All attendees and volunteers are required to wear face masks whenever they are within six feet of another person at all National Drive Electric Week 2022 events. Please see this information about how to improve how your mask protects you. For more information, see our in-person event safety requirements.

Hosted by Catamount Traders on Route 2 – four miles west of Rt 91 and 4 miles east of Glacial Potholes. Battery-powered cars (Chevy, Fiat, Hyundai, Nissan, Tesla, VW etc), bikes, riding mower and hand tools, as well as people-powered bicycles.  Films about EVs.  A visit from State Representative Natalie Blais at 10 am.  Information on plans to expand passenger train service, increase the electrification of transportation, and develop safer streets for pedestrians and bicyclists. Technicians for EV charging, photovoltaic solar, passive solar and low-carbon home construction. Come share and learn.  Gifts and more. Children are welcome under the supervision of parents or guardians. Rain or Shine. Info: stateofcharge@gmail.com

Registered Attendees

There are currently 45 attendees registered.

Presented By

Plugin America
Electric Auto Association
Sierra Club
EVHybridNoire

Platinum Level Sponsor

Bronze Level Sponsor

All NDEW 2022 sponsors support Plug In America's coordination of National Drive Electric Week.

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