National Drive Electric Week
Drive Electric NWA
Sep 24, 2022
|Day:||Saturday, September 24, 2022 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.|
|Time:||12:00 - 5:00 pm CDT|
|Location:||Pinnacle Hills Promenade
2202 S. Bellview Road
Rogers, AR 72758
Event ReportDrive Electric NWA in Rogers, Arkansas brought at least 500 people out to see electric cars and e-bikes up close, and learn about the amazing oomph electricity is giving to transportation in Northwest Arkansas.
Sparked by the interest of Northwest Arkansas' three electric companies (SWEPCO, Ozarks Electric and Carroll Electric) in educating the public about the transition that's occurring in driving, the Northwest Arkansas Council worked with the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission to create a partnership that involved 16 sponsors.
The sponsors included the three electric companies and the Northwest Arkansas Council as well as Canoo, Lewis Automotive Group, Nunnally Chevrolet, Francis Energy, the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association, Flux Car Charing, Arkansas Clean Cities Coalition, Evolve Auto, Moosejaw and People for Bikes.
While the Canoo electric vehicles that are to be manufactured in Northwest Arkansas and at a large plant in eastern Oklahoma drew tons of attention from curious visitors, there was high interest at Drive Electric NWA in the Ford F-150 Lightning brought by Lewis that's sure to be a long-term hit in Arkansas. An e-bike giveaway, organized by Moosejaw, received hundreds of entries.
The Tesla Owners Club of Arkansas was critical to the event's overall success. Their members brought Teslas, of course, but also a Rivian, a Volvo, Kia and Chevy Bolt. They gave rides to dozens of people who wanted to experience the cars.
photo by: Dan Holtmeyer, Northwest Arkansas Council
Chelsea Adcock, a consumer programs marketing coordinator for Southwestern Electric Power Company and a Drive Electric NWA volunteer, talks with guests about one of the 25 electric cars and trucks displayed during the Sept. 24 event in Rogers, Arkansas. The event attracted more than 500 people who got an opportunity to ride in electric cars and learn about the technology.
Local event sponsors will engage with the public about the changing world of transportation and the rising importance of EVs in Northwest Arkansas at Drive Electric NWA. The sponsors will be on site to answer questions about electric cars, electric bikes, retrofitting garages for charging at home and public charging stations. They'll be able to describe how much less expensive car changing is compared to filling up the gas tank. Everyone who attends may register to win an e-bike. The local sponsors include Arkansas Clean Cities, Canoo, Evolve Auto, Francis Energy, Ozarks Electric, SWEPCO, Carroll Electric, Nunnally Chervolet, Lewis Automotive Group, the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association, Flux Car Charging Solutions, Moosejaw, People for Bikes, the Tesla Owners Club of Arkansas, the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission and the Northwest Arkansas Council.
There are currently 144 attendees registered.
Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend
|Tesla Model 3||6|
|Nissan Leaf (2011-2017)||1|
Registered attendees report 344,186 electric miles driven.
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