National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive
Cookeville, TN
Oct 02, 2021

Day: Saturday, October 2, 2021 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT
Location: Tennessee Tech Campus
320 University Drive
Cookeville, TN 38501
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2021.

Event Report

This event went even better than we expected! Cookeville is not that large a community (population of about 30k) but the outreach to get folks to come went well. Not only was there internal TNTech promotion and Facebook advertising to help drive awareness that the event was coming, there were some nearby engineering and related events going on that day, and TNTech research/teaching staff as well as students who helped people know to come over and join us to learn.

We had a lot of rides and some drives during the day with lots of questions being answered mostly by individual owners that were there as well as the TN Tech staff and students that helped learn about their EVs. We also promoted TNTech's current DOE-funded project that is allowing community citizens to test drive a Nissan Leaf and a plug-in hybrid F250 (at no cost to them) for two weeks!

To comply with COVID policies signage was put up at the registration area and attendees were made aware of our policies including wearing masks when within 6' of any other attendees.

Link to TNTech "EV Testbed" project: 
Link to TNTech "EV Testbed" two-week sign-up for a Leaf page:
Link to photo album from event: 

photo by: Dr. Pingen Chen, Tennessee Tech. University
Jonathan Overly of Drive Electric TN and Tennessee Clean Fuels discusses aspects of his Tesla Model 3 with attendees.

More photos from this event.

Event Description


Tennessee Tech is leading a project to develop a rural EV testbed to demonstrate and evaluate the applications of EVs over a diverse range of activities serving a rural and largely economically depressed UC region in TN, to help fleet owners make right decision in EV adoption in rural areas before making significant financial investment. This project will serve as a proof-of-concept implementation to support knowledge gaining, transfer, outreach and education on EVs for rural applications, and to compliment DOE Vehicle Technology Office’s existing EV data set with detailed EV operation and use data dedicated specifically to the challenges and needs associated with rural communities.

This Ride-And-Drive event will give all participants a chance to test drive an EV first hand. Participants will also gain current information on charging, maintaining, and future use of EV’s. Finally, participants will have the chance to use an EV for two weeks free of charge.


When:  10 am – 3 pm CT, Saturday, Oct. 02, 2021

Where:  Tennessee Tech Campus, 320 University Drive, Cookeville TN, 38501

Who:  Anyone interested in learning more about EV’s

What:  Test drive multiple brands of Electric Vehicles. Learn state of the art information about EVs!

Why:   EVs are easier, cleaner and cheaper to fuel.

            EVs are much cheaper to maintain over the life of the vehicle.

EVs are fun to drive! You can’t understand that until you drive one.

COVID-19 Friendly: All EVs will be appropriately spaced so that you can stay socially distanced while attending and learning, and hand sanitizer will be available. Masks are required to be worn when attendees are not able to stay socially distanced.

Want to know more? Contact

Dr. Pingen Chen ( or Jonathan Overly (

Registered Attendees

There are currently 113 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 3
Chevrolet Bolt 1
Chevrolet Volt 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Other Plug-In Vehicle 1
Tesla Model 3 1
Tesla Model Y 1
7 Models 9

Registered attendees report 101,200 electric miles driven.

Presented By

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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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