National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Worcester, MA
Sep 13, 2016

Day: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 3:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: WPI Higgins House Lot
100 Institute Rd
Worcester, MA 01609
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2016.

Event Report

We had a great turn out for the Worcester NDEW event with over 150 people turning out and over 60 ride & drives. Keynote remarks were given by: Judith Judson - Commissioner of the DOER, Coleen Gardner -Director of Partnerships at National Grid, Prof. John Orr - Director of Sustainability at WPI, and Joe Bush - Executive Director of the Worcester CleanTech Incubator. On top of many vehicles brought by attendees, Bikes and Life brought electric bicycles, and local BMW, Nissan and Kia dealerships brought BMW i3, X5 and xDrive40e, i8, Nissan LEAF, KIA Soul EV, Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR. Say Cheese kept our appetites satisfied with delicious eats. With beautiful sunshine galore we were also graced with WPI’s rare EV1, an electric motorcycle, and an electric Chevy s10 pickup! Each year the Worcester NDEW Ride & Drive keeps getting better and is supported by a vibrant community of engaged citizens.

photo by: Worcester CleanTech Incubator
BMW i3, X5 and xDrive40e, i8, Nissan LEAF, KIA Soul EV, Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR, EV1, an electric motorcycle, and an electric Chevy s10 pickup

Event Description


Worcester Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive Event

Hosted by the Worcester CleanTech Incubator, WPI, and National Grid

Tuesday, September 13, 2016   |   3:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Wagner BMW i8

WPI has two EV charging stations. One is located on the main campus in front of Goddard Hall, and the second, a dual-charging station, is located at WPI's new parking garage at 151 Park Avenue. 

In recognition of this year's National Drive Electric Week, the Institute for Energy and Sustainability will be holding an Electric Vehicle event on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Come hear about how driving electric is more fun, convenient, and less expensive than driving a traditional gasoline car. Admission is free and all members of the family are welcome!

About National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week is "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." With many independent events taking place in over 100 cities nationwide, NDEW has a guiding mission of driving mass adoption of electric vehicles. Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association are sponsoring this initiative at the national level, and Nissan has most recently offered its support to local Nissan dealerships who participate in these events.


Say Cheese! Say Cheese is a grilled cheese food trailer that makes gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with the cheesiest and most fresh ingredients. Their sandwiches are made to order and are designed to make your heart and belly happy!


bikes Life Worcester

At Bikes and Life Worcester we recognize the future of electric vehicles as populations become more urban centric. Our electric bicycles assist the rider by adding motor power to their pedaling. This system is a true hybrid between the bike rider’s effort and the motor power provide. With speeds up to 28mph and range up to 100 miles per charge our high quality ebikes from Stromer, Faraday, Giant, and Cannondale represent some of the best offerings on the market. Some are even GPS enabled with smartphone control! We will have several electric bicycles available for test ride in store and at the event. For more info call 877-389-8517 or email

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance

Mass Energy is a Boston-based non-profit working to make energy more affordable and environmentally sustainable. Our green power program allows National Grid and Eversource electricity consumers to choose local renewable energy and help get new renewable energy projects built here in Massachusetts! Learn more and sign up at


ChargePoint operates the world's largest and most open EV charging network. They are transforming the transportation industry by providing the charging stations, mobile app, and network that allow people to charge their cars everywhere they go. They will be demonstrating a live ChargePoint charging station and providing information about ChargePoint products and services.

SolarCity is the leader in full-service solar power systems for homes, businesses and governments providing custom design, financing, installation, and monitoring.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 75 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model S 6
Chevrolet Volt 5
BMW i3 REx 2
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 2
Tesla Model X 2
Volkswagen e-Golf 2
EV Conversion 1
Ford C-MAX Energi 1
Honda Fit EV 1
Other Plug-In Vehicle 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Zero Motorcycle 1
12 Models 25

Registered attendees report 466,324 electric miles driven.

In the News…

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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