National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Beltrami Electric Cooperative's EV Car Show
Bemidji, MN
Sep 28, 2023

Day: Thursday, September 28, 2023 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 4:00 - 6:30 pm CDT
Location: Beltrami Electric Cooperative
4111 Technology Drive NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2023.

Event Report

More than 150 attendees got up close and personal with a variety of electric vehicles at Beltrami Electric's 2023 EV Car Show. Many had the opportunity to sit in the vehicles and visit with owners about the EV's features and their experiences buying, driving, and charging an EV. Bemidji Sports Centre was onsite with QuietKat E-Bikes as well as the new Polaris Ranger Kinetic side by side. 

The event featured an EV owner panel, facilitated by Beltrami Electric staff, Mike Birkeland, VP of beneficial electrification and member experience, and Angela Lyseng, communications specialist. Four EV owners shared their stories/benefits of EVs, overcoming range anxiety, and the best way and place to charge an EV battery.

Members from the local Citizens Climate Lobby group also provided information on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the tax credits and rebates available for new and used electric vehicles.

Otter Tail Power Company and Minnkota Power Cooperative co-sponsored the event, and each brought a Ford F-150 Lightning pickup to display. Beltrami Electric also provided information on off-peak charging rates for EVs and rebates available for installing a charger at home on the co-op's off-peak program.

photo by: Angela Lyseng, Communications Specialist
Attendees visit with EV owners at Beltrami Electric's 2023 EV Car Show to hear about their experience owning and driving an EV in Northern Minnesota. Vehicles included the Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model Y, Tesla Model X, Polaris Ranger Kinetic, Ford F-150 Lightning, QuietKat E-bikes, Volkswagen ID.4 and Chevy Volt.

Event Description


Join us for our EV Car Show!

EV owners will share their stories/benefits of EVs, overcoming range anxiety, and the best way to charge an EV battery. You'll hear about today's charging technologies, and the programs available for your EV through your local electric provider for home charging off-peak rates and rebates.

Check out a variety of EVs: Chevy Bolt, Ford F-150 Lightning, Ford Mustang Mach -E, Volkswagen ID.4, many Tesla models, a Polaris Ranger Kinetic, and E-Bikes from Bemidji Sports Centre.

  • 4 - 6:30 p.m. - See EVs up close and visit with EV owners and experts. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.
  • 5:30 p.m. - EV Owner Discussion Panel

Ride & Drive - Take a ride in select available EVs. Sign-up at the registration tent the day of the event!

First 75 guests get a free EV Car Show t-shirt!

Registered Attendees

There are currently 6 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model Y 1
1 Model 1

Registered attendees report 70,000 electric miles driven.

Presented By

Plugin America logo
Electric Vehicle Association logo
Sierra Club logo
EVHybridNoire logo
Drive Electric USA logo

All NDEW 2024 sponsors support Plug In America's coordination of National Drive Electric Week.

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