National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Westerly, RI
Sep 16, 2017

Day: Saturday, September 16, 2017 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11 am - 3 pm
Location: Misquamicut State Beach
257 Atlantic Avenue
Westerly, RI 02813
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2017.

Event Report

Rhode Island's Fourth Annual National Drive Electric Week was graciously hosted by the Misquamicut Business Association at the Misquamicut Beach Fallfest. This event was a partnership between Ocean State Clean Cities at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Participating vendors included ChargePoint, NBX Bikes, People's Power & Light, and National Grid / RISE Engineering. Dealerships on hand included Paul Masse Chevrolet, Valenti Toyota, and BMW Of Warwick.

The Seventh Annual Misquamicut Fallfest weekend ran from Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17 and featured a variety of activities for the whole family including live entertainment, antique car show, rides, and food trucks. The Misquamicut Business Association offered free admission vouchers to Fallfest for drivers who brought their EVs to the event, as well as anyone who participated in a test drive.

Additionally, this event was part of the US Department of Energy's "Plug In Electric Vehicle Adoption In New England" award in partnership with Plug In America. People who participated in test drives were encouraged to fill out a survey before and after their experience to gauge their awareness and interest level regarding plug in vehicles.

photo by: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
The BMW i3 is in the forefront. It was the ride-and-drive hit of the day. The BMW i8 doors are showing behind it. Bob Shaw from BMW of Warwick (in the hat) explains to an interested attendee the benefits of driving electric. Electric bikes joined the fun. Joel Gates has a sign under the hood of his Chevy Bolt. EV Owners and Festival attendees mingle in the background. All the way to the back (right of the photo), the Toyota Prius Prime from Valenti Toyota is leaving the parking lot for a ride-and-drive.

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Event Description


Ocean State Clean Cities, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Rhode Island Department of Health, and Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources are pleased to collaborate with the Misquamicut Business Association to bring you our fourth annual National Drive Electric Week event.

There will be a lot of great activities, as we are hosting this year's event in partnership with the Misquamicut Business Association's Fall Festival. After you take a test drive, check out the amusement rides, listen to the concert, and explore the beach. 

This event will be part of the US Department of Energy's "Plug In Electric Vehicle Adoption In New England" award in partnership with Plug In America. National Drive Electric Week is presented by Plug In AmericaSierra Club, and Electric Auto Association

Registration is free and we strongly encourage plug-in electric vehicle drivers to attend! 

Electric Vehicle participants will receive a free admission ticket into the Fall Festival. 

***Updates to this page will be made frequently, so please check back often to stay in the loop on all of the day's exciting events!*** 

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Highlights of the day include:

Electric Vehicle Show: If you own an electric vehicle come park together, pop your hoods, share your EV experiences with others, and show off your car! Free admission to the festival if you bring your electric vehicle. Before you leave, you can get a charge at one of the two designated spots at Misquamicut State Beach.

EV Showcase and Ride-and-Drive: Come check out the latest in electric vehicles! We will have a variety of electric vehicles and representatives from dealerships to escort you on test drives and answer your questions. If you take a test drive, you will receive a ticket for free entrance into the festival! 

Fall Festival: Be sure to check out the Misquamicut Fall Festival after you take a test drive.

More activities will be listed soon.

Featured Exhibitors:


Come check out the latest and greatest in electric vehicles!


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Registered Attendees

There are currently 101 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Volt 4
Chevrolet Bolt 3
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 3
Ford C-MAX Energi 2
Volkswagen e-Golf 2
BMW i3 REx 1
Ford Fusion Energi 1
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 1
Tesla Model S 1
Tesla Roadster 1
Toyota Plug-in Prius 1
11 Models 20

Registered attendees report 287,898 electric miles driven.

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

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