National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Solar & Electric Vehicle Expo
South Paris, ME
Sep 30, 2023

Day: Saturday, September 30, 2023 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 pm EDT
Location: Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School
256 Main Street
South Paris, ME 04281
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2023.

Event Report

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us at the Ninth Annual Solar&EV Expo on Sept. 30th, 2023!


We had over 25 electric vehicles present and several dozen e-bikes. Over 100 people attended, with more than 50 test drives and rides completed. We witnessed many excellent conversations as folks learned about going solar, heat pumps, recycling, ride-sharing, advocacy, and more. We heard from Scott Vlaun about CEBE's new ChargePoint network and celebrated the collaboration that made these installations possible. Travis Ritchie debunked common myths about electric vehicles in EV 101. Don McLean covered the basics during Solar 101. Josh Caldwell of the Natural Resources Council of Maine explained how to advocate for clean car and clean truck standards in Maine. Luke van Denend introduced us to GoMaine's robust and free ride-sharing platform. Jean Sideris of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine shared an update on E-Bike policy and rebates, and our co-op solar team outlined their progress since winning the Energizing Rural Communities Prize. Romero's offered delicious burritos, with their food truck powered by an all-electric Ford Lightning.


Every year CEBE hosts the Solar&EV Expo as part of National Drive Electric Week. This is a great opportunity to drive electric cars, ride electric bikes, get involved in CEBE's Community Solar project, meet solar installers and more! Don't miss this one. Electric mobility powered by renewable energy is the future. It's here now in Maine's Western Foothills. Don't miss your chance to learn all about it!

photo by: Center for an Ecology-Based Economy
Don McLean presents Solar 101 at the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy's Ninth Annual Solar & EV Expo. A Ford F-150 Lightning powers the TV screen for his presentation.

More photos from this event.

Event Description


Join us Sept. 30 from 12-4pm at the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris for our 9th Annual Solar & EV Expo. This free, outdoor event will include the chance to talk to local solar installers, EV owners, and other clean energy and transport enthusiasts. Test drive, ride, or view EVs owned by local residents, and hear from them what it's really like to drive an EV in western Maine. Get your questions answered about community solar, residential solar, e-bikes, EVs, and more. 

We'll have a variety of locally-owned vehicles available for test drives or rides, including 2017 Tesla Model X, 2014 Smart, 2022 Bolt EUV, 2023 Subaru Solterra, 2019 Kia Niro, 2020 Hyundai Ionic, 2017 Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model Y, 2016 Chevy Volt. We'll also have a Ford Lightning, a Ford Mach-E, and a Nissan Ariya to drive from local dealerships.

We'll also have E-Bikes to test ride -- please bring your helmet!

As in past years, you'll find helpful information at tables from our sponsors and partners.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 10 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 1
Tesla Model S 1
Tesla Model X 1
3 Models 3

Registered attendees report 308,000 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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