National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
It's Electric: NDEW@ The North Carolina Zoo
Asheboro, NC
Sep 29, 2023

Day: Friday, September 29, 2023 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Location: North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro, NC 27205
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2023.

Event Report

"It's Electric!"
REMC Celebrates EVs at NC Zoo

Electric vehicle drivers and intrigued visitors of the North Carolina Zoo enjoyed a recent educational outreach event hosted by Randolph Electric on September 29 during National Drive Electric Week.

Members of the public and Zoo visitors gathered at 10 a.m. to hear remarks from representatives of the Zoo, REMC and local organizations.

“It was exciting to be part of this celebration," said Zoo Director and CEO Pat Simmons. "We always welcome the opportunity to introduce our green fleet to visitors and reinforce our commitment to sustainable practices that reduce our impact on the natural

At the event, representatives from Randolph EMC described how they work with EV owners to evaluate their vehicles’
impact on the electric grid. The REMC Electric Vehicle Utility Program (REVUP) offers members of the cooperative a $500
rebate on a level 2 EV charger for their home. REMC also provides special time-of-use rates that encourages them to charge during off-peak hours when energy is less expensive.

"More of our members are asking about the benefits of EV ownership," said REMC's Director of Innovative Energy Solutions Michael
Trent. "Randolph Electric is dedicated to educating our members about how to power your home, your life and your vehicle."

Honorary guest Kevin Franklin, President of the Randolph County Economic Development Corporation, outlined the new jobs and opportunities in the local area made possible by EV manufacturing.

Dealerships including Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota and Subaru allowed visitors to test drive new vehicles, so they could understand the EV experience firsthand.

photo by: Brooke Davis
Cutting the Ribbon to dedicate the North Carolina Zoo's New Solectrac E25 Tractor. This will be used in our Horticulture operations. Front Row (L-R) Jim Musilek, North Carolina Electric Membership Cooperatives; Michael Trent, Randolph Electric Membership Cooperative; Walker Moffitt, Chair, The North Carolina Zoo Council; Pat Simmons, Director, the North Carolina Zoo; Eddie Burks, Asheboro City COuncil; Kelly Heath, Asheboro City Council; Katie Davis, Interior Horticulture Supervisor, The North Carolina Zoo.

More photos from this event.

Event Description


Join Randolph EMC at the North Carolina Zoo for National Drive Electric Week!

Experience different electric vehicle (EV) models and charging options on-site at the NC Zoo. We’ll have informational material about the benefits of EVs and knowledgeable EV owners and energy advisors available to share their insights.


  • Friday, September 29, 2023
  • 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • "Floating Event"—Come anytime during these hours!


  • North Carolina Zoo
    4401 Zoo Pkwy
    Asheboro, N.C. 27205
  • North America parking lot directly across from the Stedman Building


  • Anyone interested in learning about the potential capabilities of electric vehicles
  • Anyone interested in the benefits of purchasing an EV
  • Current EV owners of any make and model
  • School educators and administrators
  • Business professionals and owners
  • Zoo visitors

The first 100 event visitors will receive a free gift.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 84 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Bolt 2
Ford Mustang Mach-E 2
Rivian R1T 2
Tesla Model 3 2
Tesla Model S 2
Chevrolet Volt 1
Hyundai Ioniq 5 1
Hyundai Ioniq 6 1
Hyundai KONA Electric 1
Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid 1
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 1
Other Plug-In Vehicle 1
Tesla Model X 1
13 Models 18

Registered attendees report 670,466 electric miles driven.

Presented By

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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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