National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Devon, PA
Sep 19, 2015

Day: Saturday, September 19, 2015 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 12 PM - 5 PM
Location: Tesla Motors Sales & Service Center in Devon
470 Lancaster Avenue
Devon, PA 19333
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2015.

Event Report

Wonderful event at the Tesla Motors in Devon, PA. Over 200 attendees. The weather was perfect. Not only did we have all the major dealers there with plug-ins, but we also had electric-assisted bicycles, gourmet organic cupcakes, and Green Mean Products there displaying battery powered landscaping tools and commercial scale riding electric mowers!

We also had solar installers (both Sunpower and Solar City reps), geothermal HVAC, Green Mountain alternative (wind) energy supplier, and Orange Energy Auditors, Tesla Science, and EAA. Notable EVs included early Tesla Roadsters, a signature Model S's, a dealer BMW i8, and both dealer & owner Tesla Model S P90Ds giving "ludicrous mode" rides & drives.

State Senator McGarrigle drove a P90D & a Ford & headed up a power-packed lineup which you can see on our site with topics of clean power plan, power wall, climate change, and even the Pope's recent encyclical.

photo by: Michael Craner - Renew America Roadtrip
This is a picture of the University of Pennsylvania REV1 electric racer (REV1) that won the SAE International competition. REV1 took first place among electrics overall, winning seven of the eight categories even over schools such as MIT and Carnegie Mellon. REV1, with a 2.6 second 0-60 acceleration even beats the Tesla Model P90D Ludicrous mode. Next to the REV1 to the right is Michael Parent, an MBA student at U Penn. On the left is Chris Martin, who organized all audio for the event and is a micro grid and energy management consultant. In the background from left to right are unidentified individuals and the Energy Concious LLC Leaf, Dennis Rowan's Spark, and the Tesla Motors Mode S P90D.

Event Description


Exhibitors interested in being part of this event may email or pay online at

This event is free to the public.
(But please REGISTER via the button above and click HERE to fill out the Survey and Waiver to save time upon entry, be entered in our drawing for a free charger and other give-aways, and get your goodie bag and wrist strap when you arrive)

  • Porsche of Main Line to bring PHEV Cayenne, Panamera and possibly the amazing PHEV 918 Spyder supercar!
  • Clipper Creek giving away one FREE Charging Station (HCS-40P - $450 value - must be registered & present to win)
  • Test drive the all new Nissan Leaf, now with Plugless wireless charging option!
  • BMW of Devon will have the all-electric i8 on display and i3 available for test drives.
  • Tesla Motors of Devon will have the award-winning Model S on display.  Presently it is anticipated that both dual-motor P85D and (with luck) P90D models will be at the event (Model X will not unfortunately be present) Tesla's P85D features the "Insane Mode" acceleration option, and the newer P90D provides a longer range and "Ludicrous Mode" acceleration (2.8 second zero to sixty!). Both models also include currently released components of the Autopilot feature set, which contributes to the Model S being referred to by some as "the safest sedan on the planet." (Thru Oct. 31, purchase the Model S for $1000 less!)
  • GM will have both Volt and Spark models and info on their upcoming Bolt!
  • A wide variety of other PH/EVs will be on display and attended by their owners
  • Raffles include a 30-minute visit from the Dia Doce cupcake truck!

National Drive Electric Week - Drive Electric in Devon Day, Saturday, Sept. 19th noon - 5PM

Hosted at the brand new Tesla Sales and Service Center

Ride, Drive, and Experience the latest and greatest electric vehicles from Tesla, Nissan, BMW, Ford, GM, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Toyota, Brammo and others courtesy of our host Tesla Motors of Devon. See some of the fastest, safest, coolest, and environmentally gentlest cars and cycles on the planet!  

And in addition to a chance to drive the uncompromising Tesla Motors Model S EV or the sporty BMW i3 EV,

And put the pedal to the metal of the sexy and practical Porsche Panamera and Cayenne P/H/EVs,

You will also get to see the gorgeous BMW i8,
In addition to a possible cameo appearance of the outrageous Porsche 918 Spyder PHEV supercar (0-60 in a screaming 2.2 seconds!):  What do you say when you see a Spyder - "Step on it!!"

And of course, there will be Ford's Fusion, Focus, and Energi line of PH/EVs to test drive:

And, we wouldn't be SMART if we didn't showcase a SMART Electric FourTwo, or two:

Or the world's most popular EV, the Nissan Leaf, or the PHEV version of the utility Prius Hybrid

Plus, Electric Cycles of all sorts!

And see the award winning University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) Electric Racer (REV1), which took first place among electrics overall at the recent Formula SAE race, winning seven of the eight categories. These included overall design, cornering, endurance and time-trials on a full racetrack. The acceleration test was one of the team’s strongest suits; beyond taking first among electrics, REV1 would have beaten all but three of the gas-powered cars...

Also, Learn the SCIENCE behind global climate change, the implications of fracking, and hear local politicians and environmental advocacy groups discuss plans for the re-greening of Pennsylvania.


Enjoy being educated by Diane M. Phillips  (The Climate Reality Project / Saint Joseph's University) on the latest facts about global climate change and how you can be part of the solution. 

And learn the Science behind Tesla Motors amazing 3 phase AC motor straight from the inventor's mouth, so to speak, from the Tesla Science Foundation - The Tesla Science Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the life, legacy and scientific innovations of Nikola Tesla.

Speaker Schedule:

  • 12:30: First Opportunity for VIP Meet & Greet / Q&A / Press / Interviews / Photos
  • 12:45: Michael L. Craner (Renew America Roadtrip - Organizer) - Intro & Event Background
  • 12:50: State Senator Tom McGarrigle (R 26th District) – Welcome & Intro from the PA SenateImportance of RE and EVs to the region
  • 01:00: Russel Zerbo - (Federal Advocacy Coordinator @ Clean Air Council) – “Obama’s Clean Power Plan & Wolf's PA budget, including the Fracking Severance Tax”
  • 01:15: Dr. (Father) Daniel Doyle (Keystone 1st AmeriHealth Caritas) – “The Moral Imperative & The Pope’s Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’  - On Care for Our Common Home”
  • BREAK - 1:35 - 2:30:  Raffles, Second Opportunity for VIP Meet & Greet / Q&A / Press / Interviews / Photos; VIP lounge/lunch
  • 02:30: Michael L. Craner (Renew Americal Roadtrip - Organizer) - Intro to 2nd Half
  • 02:35: Michael Kleinberg, PhD (Senior Consultant @ DNV GL – Energy) - “The role of energy storage and EVs in a renewable electric grid”
  • 02:55: Dr. Diane Phillips (Prof @ St. Joe’s Univ., & Climate Leader @ The Climate Reality Project) – “Update on International Progress on Climate Change Management”
  • 03:15: Dennis Rowan (Rowan Energy Integration) – “Obama’s EV Everywhere & Workplace Charging Initiative”
  • 03:30: Chris Gibbons (Sierra Club & Green Corps) - The Electric Bus Initiative
  • 03:40: Michael Craner (Co-Founder, Renew America Roadtrip) – “Living with Renewable Energy & Transport”
  • 03:50: Q&A with Speakers, Raffles, Gifts
  • 04:05: Final Opportunity for VIP Meet & Greet / Q&A / Interviews / Photos
VIPs also include: Andrew Daga (Momentum Dynamics of Malvern).

Renewable Energy - Learn how you can power your car AND your home directly from the sun and avoid the ever-increasing burden of oil price volatility and the health and environmental impacts of our culture of oil.

Wholesome Snacks - Free samples and gourmet organic cupcakes provided by Dia Doce

(Dia Doce tent open 12 - 2 with free mini-cupcakes available to the first 50 registered customers, ice coffee and water also available for purchase)

Stay tuned for more exciting updates about this event. Follow #NDEW2015 on social media.

Interested in attending or volunteering, register here.


Renew America Roadtrip (RAR) is again organizing the Philadelphia regional portion of this National Sierra Club, Plug-In America, and Electric Auto Association event in conjunction this year with Rowan Energy Integration (REI).

This is the Largest Electric Vehicle and Sustainability Event in the Region!

It is part of a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.

The Philadelphia regional event will be held again this year at the Tesla Motors Sales and Service center in Devon, PA, this year on Saturday Sept. 19th from noon to 5 PM, and will feature all of the latest PH/EVs from local dealers and owners; and include presentations from political, community, and environmental VIPs.

Exhibitors will also provide educational literature on their organizations and their causes.

We would like to invite all interested parties to exhibit, sponsor, volunteer to support or register to attend this event.

Last year we had over 400 attendees and a great deal of press, test drives, and marketing/education about electric vehicles, solar, geothermal, and related sustainability products/services/issues. 

Michael Kleinberg, PhD, is a Senior Consultant for DNV GL - Energy specializing in energy storage integration and smart grid analysis.  Michael is actively assisting California utilities in developing and assessing their 2014 energy storage procurements requests for offers (RFOs).  Michael is leading technical due diligence efforts to support investment in both large-scale and distributed energy storage projects being deployed across the US.  Michael received his M.S and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in 2007 and 2015, respectively.

This event is free to the public

Interested in Exhibiting?  Are you a green vendor, exhibitor, or EV dealer? email for details on sponsorship and participation. 

Follow RAR on twitter  @RARupdate
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Learn more about RAR and related events at 
Find out more about Rowan Energy Integration at:

Sponsor/Exhibitor links:
Evoke Solar / Sunpower  of Hellertown, PA

Ambassador School links:

Learn more:
Plug In America - All About Chargers and Charging EVs
Electric Auto Association - Promoting Electric Vehicles Since 1967
Win a Ride in the Tesla Roadster - Take the Green Challenge 
Fixing Electric with Electric - the new PECO trucks 
What are we fighting for? - Why the war in Iraq was fought for Big Oil 

Stuff to buy:
EAA T-shirts (National Drive Electric Week and "Kick Gas" Logo) can be ordered here 
Drive Electric in Devon Day T-shirt may be coming soon...check back in a day or so.


Top Level Layout of Event and Parking Locations

Recommended Driving Route covered by volunteers and Dealers for Rides & Drives:

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Registered Attendees

There are currently 197 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 12
Chevrolet Volt 9
Tesla Model S 7
BMW Mini-E 1
BMW i3 1
Chevy Spark EV 1
Ford C-MAX Energi 1
Ford Focus Electric 1
Tesla Roadster 1
Toyota Plug-in Prius 1
10 Models 35

Registered attendees report 546,527 electric miles driven.

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