North Carolina Rolls Out The Red Carpet for 9 National Drive Electric Week Events

North Carolina Rolls Out The Red Carpet for 9 National Drive Electric Week Events

Posted 08/25/2015 in News by Steve

North Carolina has 9 events happening throughout the week to celebrate National Drive Electric Week. From big crowds in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville to the campus of North Carolina Univeristy-Pembroke to the bustling city of Charotte, organzers have been working hard to promote NDEW 2015.
 
The Blue Ridge EV ClubAsheville Outlets and Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition have a National Drive Electric Week event scheduled for Sunday, September 13 at the new Asheville Outlets at 800 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC 28806 from Noon to 6 PM.
 
The new outlet mall gets 1,000s of visitors daily, so the organizers are expecting plenty of first-timers who will be exposed to the benefits of driving and owning electric vehicles. To keep all of the enthusiasts and first-timers busy throughout the day, there are going to be more than 30 vehicles on display ranging from Nissan Leafs to Tesla Model S to Zero motorcycles to a Porsche Cayenne and Panamera E-Hybrid.
 
The mall walk will have local dealers displaying a variety of cars as well as booths from non-profits and businesses that offer sustainable products and services. Proceeds from rental displays by dealers and for-profit businesses benefit ongoing efforts of the non-profit organizations: Blue Ridge EV Club and Black Bear Solar Institute.
 
Asheville Outlets also has four, Level 2 charging stations. From September 7 to September 20, local dealers will have vehicles on display.
 
If interested in being a local sponsor of the Asheville event, to display your vehicle, or for more information on the Blue Ridge EV Club, email blueridgeevclub@gmail.com
 
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition will be organizing five separate events. They will be holding grand opening ceremonies for four new Direct Current (DC) Fast Charging locations in the Greater Charlotte Region. These grand openings will be held at: 210 N Holland St., Dallas, NC on Thursday, September 17 at 11 AM; 232 Matthews Station St., Matthews, NC on Tuesday, September 15 at 1 PM; 110 S. Lee St., Salisbury, NC on Thursday, September 17 at 4:15 PM; and 204 E. Wade St., Wadesboro, NC on Friday, September 18 at 1:15 PM.
The City of Charlotte, in partnership with Envision Charlotte and the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, will hold a ride and drive at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E 4th St., Charlotte, NC 28202 on Wednesday, September 16 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM.
 
For more about attending or sponsoring the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition coordinated events, contact Jason Wager at jwager@centralina.org
 
Saturday, September 12 will see an event in South Charlotte at the Carmel Village Shopping Center, 7510 Pineville Matthews Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Test drive EV's from Tesla, Nissan, Chevrolet, BMW and Zero Motorcycles. Also on display will be VIA Motors plug-in electric 4x4 pickup truck from the Duke Energy fleet. A local high school will also be displaying their custom EV conversion. Presenters will also be on hand to discuss methods of generating solar energy. For information about attending this event or to become a local sponsor, contact driveelectricweek.org
 
Advanced Energy is coordinating 2 events.
 
On Monday, September 14, the UNC Pembroke campus will be hosting an event at Campus Parking Lot 17 at Lumbee Hall, 1 University Dr., Pembroke, NC 28372 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM to display their charging stations that are connected to solar panels. They are also part of the DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge and were highlighted in the annual report. This event will include an educational presentation and a ride-and-drive. For more information about UNC Pembroke event, call 910-775-4576.
 
On Wednesday, September 16, Advanced Energy’s Raleigh event will be taking place at North Hills Commons, 4100 Main at North Hills St., Raleigh, NC 27609 from Noon to 2 PM. NRG EVgo will be announcing their charging station installation plans for Raleigh at the event. There will also be an Organic Transit ELF solar-powered electric vehicle on site. North Carolina State’s EcoCar will also be on display. Other vehicles registered to be attending a Fisker Karma and Toyota Rav 4 EV. For EV owners, prizes will be awarded for oldest EV, newest EV and best-decorated EV. In the week leading up to the event, there will be a social media EV scavenger; winner with the most pictures will receive $150 and best picture will receive $100.
 
For more information about the Advanced Energy events, contact Kristi Jacobson Brodd, Outreach Coordinator, at kbrodd@advanceenergy.org

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