National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Metuchen, NJ
Sep 10, 2016

Day: Saturday, September 10, 2016 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 9:00am - noon
Location: Metuchen Farmer's Market
Senior Center parking lot
New St & Center St
Metuchen, NJ 08840
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2016.

Event Report

There were a number of people who showed up because they had heard about the event through social media / newspaper / online, and many of the local Farmer's Market Patrons stopped in as well. I talked to many retired older people who were there for the Market, but very interested. There were also a lot of families with young children stopping by.
Some local politicians / community volunteers stopped in. I remember Dorothy Rasmussen was there from the town council, and a local township administrator. Farmer's Market Volunteers were very helpful.
I contacted all local dealerships including 4 separate Nissan Dealerships and only 1 brought a car for test drives - which left after a single test drive. The dealerships were generally poor at returning calls/emails, and waited weeks before I could even get them to say no. The BMW dealers (I contacted Open Road and Springfield), Nissan dealers, and GM were out of stock. The Farmer's Market organizer only allowed 2 cars inside the market.

photo by: Alexander Brown
Ken and Steven Paradise's Model X's Alex Brown's Leaf, Michael and Pamela Thwaite's Roadster, John Sargent's Model S.

More photos from this event.

Event Description


Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have successfully made the switch, maybe take a test drive, and leave with some fresh locally grown produce!

This year Metuchen is celebrating the 5 new level 2 car chargers in the Pearl Street parking garage, a block from the train station.  Help us celebrate by bringing your plug-in vehicle and showing attendees that they are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  If you haven't made the switch, come and talk to owners who have. 

National Drive Electric Week, September 10-18, 2016, 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. 

Thanks so much to our sponsor, The Metuchen Farmer's Market.

If anybody is making a longer trip to get here and needs to charge, Nexus Parking is offering free parking & charging until 2pm in the new Pearl Street Garage.

We have great restaurants within walking distance downtown if you want to catch a bite to eat before heading home.  

Thanks to Reydel VW for offering test drives of the new e-Golf!

Registered Attendees

There are currently 25 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 2
Tesla Model S 2
Tesla Model X 2
Chevrolet Volt 1
Honda Fit EV 1
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Tesla Roadster 1
Volkswagen e-Golf 1
Zero Motorcycle 1
10 Models 13

Registered attendees report 192,490 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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