National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
First Responder EV Safety Training
Hillsborough, NJ
Sep 07, 2022

Day: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm EDT
Location: Somerset Cty Emergency Services Training Academy
402 Roycefield Rd
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2022.

Event Report

The event started by Mike Hornsby's presentation to the First Responders from Somerset County. Mike is EV owner & advocate and Fire Fighter from Princeton Junction. There were 63 registrations for the training. After the indoor presentation, First Responders went outside to check out 14 different EVs including Ford F150 Lightning, courtesy of Haldeman Ford dealership, which was the top of the show. Several attendees test drove the pickup truck.

We would also like to thank our partners:
Leanne McGowan, RideWise
Derek Reedman, Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy
Susie Dudek, Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy

Based on the short survey we have fielded, this audience feels to be much more educated about EV safety as it relates to their job,  they rated Mike very highly and they would strongly recommend the training to their colleagues. Interestingly, they acknowledge learning more about EVs in general and most importantly, they are more likely to buy an EV.

Areas of improvement are insufficient lighting - of course, this was our first outdoor show at night. The indoor area was not large enough to accommodate all vehicles.

Please check out photos from the event:

Stanislav Jaracz
President, New Jersey Electric Vehicle Association (NJEVA)

photo by: Stanislav Jaracz, New Jersey EVA
First responders from Somerset County, NJ. Mike Hornsby in the back (partially visible).

More photos from this event.

Event Description


This EVent is targeted for first responders within Somerset County. However, the invitation list already contains out of county personnel.

 The presentation will be given by Mike Hornsby, Firefighter from Princeton Junction and a member of NJEVA. After that, first responders will inspect our vehicles to identify high voltage cut-off and some other safety features. This will be our opportunity to talk about benefits of driving electric and how safe they actually are. If you know more technical details regarding your vehicle, please state so at the registration. You will be given priority if we get overbooked. By registering, you consent that you will be doing just that. You may not be able to attend the presentation room as space will be limited. 
We are working on having light refreshments available for you! 

This event is co-sponsored by RideWise and hosted by Somerset Cty Chief's Association.

First responders ONLY
- Intro to Electric Vehicles
- Size Up/Initial response (Identify, Immobilize, Disable - IID)
- Extraction
- Fire suppression
- Q & A
First Responders & EV owners
- Visual inspection of multiple EV models using Quick Response Guides
- EV owners will engage first responders and talk about the benefits of driving electric

Registered Attendees

There are currently 21 attendees registered.

Expected Display Vehicles

Vehicle Registered
Volkswagen ID.4 2
BMW i3 REx 1
Chevrolet Bolt 1
Ford F-150 Lightning 1
Ford Mustang Mach-E 1
Hyundai Ioniq 5 1
Kia EV6 1
Other Plug-In Vehicle 1
Polestar 2 1
Rivian R1T 1
Tesla Model 3 1
Tesla Model S 1
Tesla Model X 1
Tesla Model Y 1
Tesla Roadster 1
15 Models 16

Registered attendees report 460,500 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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