National Drive Electric Week
Sep 16, 2017
|Day:||Saturday, September 16, 2017 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.|
The 45th annual EV Rally and Show in Cupertino featured historical electric cars, a large variety of modern electric cars, a tent pavilion by Nissan, EV ride-and-drives, 3rd-party groups, electric bike rides, high school robot demos and owner-built vehicles. In honor of the Electric Auto Association's 50th anniversary, we displayed historical electric cars included a General Motors EV1, a 1916 Detroit Electric, and a 1905 Studebaker. (Thanks to the Cal Auto Museum and History San Jose). Going from the past to the future, there was a pre-production 2018 Nissan LEAF connected to a Nissan vehicle-to-grid adapter that powered the displays and coolers in a Nissan tent pavilion. We had a good showing of the Chevy Bolt EV, the Tesla Model S, and most current models. Test drive cars were a LEAF, eGolf (125-mile range), Bolt EV, and a Kia Optima plug-in hybrid (cars and sales staff were courtesy of the DGDG dealer group). Private Telsa model S owners gave test rides.There were also e-bike test drives. A shout-out to the electric car conversions (from gas-powered models), and three-wheeled electrics including the Corbin Sparrow, the City EL "Lemon Wedge", and an "Electric Drift Trike". Zero and Brammo e-motorcycles were on display.
Speakers and contests made for a lively experience. Rod Diridon Sr. of the Mineta Transportation Institute spoke on the critical need to electrify transportation systems. Cupertino City Councilman Rod Sinks gave a proclamation for Drive Electric Week. There were silent auctions and drawings for a home EVSE station and other prizes. A special treat was the appearance of Dr. Ken Kastle as our emcee for the day.
Our 3rd-party groups included the Clean Vehicle Rebate Group, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Breathe California, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, EVANNEX, BMW and Ford dealers, Chargepoint, eMotorWorks, EVMatch, ELV Motors, and home EVSE station installers.
Thanks to Notre Dame and Monta Vista high schools for their robot teams.
photo by: Ben White
General Motors EV1 displayed by G. Stuckert and the California Auto Museum in Sacramento, CA.
The event is pending. Please visit the Attend page to find other National Drive Electric Week events.