National Drive Electric Week Events Scheduled for 5 Upper Midwest Cities

National Drive Electric Week Events Scheduled for 5 Upper Midwest Cities

Posted 08/28/2015 in News by Steve

The Upper Midwest has National Drive Electric Week 2015 events scheduled in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, Michigan; Naperville, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Columbus, Ohio.

The Michigan Electric Auto Association is hosting the Ann Arbor National Drive Electric Week event on Sunday, September 20th from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Whole Foods Market Cranbrook at 990 West Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. The goal of the club is to get as many people as possible into the seat of an EV. After participating in many events and rallies throughout the years, they understand that the first step to getting a person to buy an EV is to experience one. The Ann Arbor BMW and Ann Arbor Nissan dealerships will have experts on hand to answer questions and offer test rides. Also on hand will be nearly 20 electric vehicles on display by enthusiasts. This event is also a chance to celebrate the third Tesla Supercharger in Michigan at the Meijer store store 1/2 mile from the Ann Arbor event on Saline-Ann Arbor Rd. Tesla has partnered with Meijer for two store locations in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids with eight station superchargers at each location with more store installations to come. For more information, visit the Michigan Electric Auto Association page

Kalamazoo organizers have two events scheduled. On Tuesday, September 15th, they will host a screening of “Who Killed the Electric Car?” at Kalamazoo College, 103 Dewing Hall, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI from 11:35 AM to 12:30 PM. Guest speaker at the event will be Ben Brown from the Sierra Club and Plug-in America. The second event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16th from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the People's Food Co-op, 100 Mile Market, 507 Harrison St. Kalamazoo, MI. Organizers are planning to offer gifts and prizes to attendees There will also be awards presented to local leaders in sustainable electric transportation. For more information on the Kalamazoo events or to be a local sponsor, contact the organizers at driveelectricweek.org

Hoosier Electric Vehicle Association and Tom Wood Nissan are hosting events the duration of National Drive Electric Week. Activities will be happening at Tom Wood Nissan 4150 E. 96th St. Indianapolis, IN 46240. New Nissan Leafs will be available for test drives. Hoosier EVA members will also be displaying cars throughout the week. On Sunday the 13th and the 20th organizers are planning a drive of all plug-in vehicles. Route will be determined based on number of vehicles registered. Organizers also plan on having a vehicle on display from BlueIndy, Indianapolis’s all-electric car sharing program, which launched September 2, 2015. For more information about the event or to be a local sponsor, contact the organizers at driveelectricweek.com or go to their facebook page.

On September 12 from 9 Am to 1 PM, join Drive Electric Ohio and Celebrate Local for their National Drive Electric Week Event: the Electric Vehicle Rally & Ride ‘n’ Drive. The event is being held at the Easton Town Center located at 3945 Easton Square Pl., Columbus, OH 43219. Look for the gathering near Barnes & Noble and The Cheesecake Factory. The EV Ride and Drive will also be taking place alongside the Ohio Proud Fall Harvest, an Ohio Department of Agricultural event that celebrates locally-grown food and agricultural products made and grown in Ohio. Test drive a Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Chevy Volt and Tesla Model S. Also expected to be on display is Royce Wood Automotive’s all-electric 1967 Mercury Cougar. For more information about the event or to be a local sponsor, contact MStephensRich@CleanFuelsOhio.org

The Fox Valley Electric Auto Association (FVEAA) and its national sponsors are making test-driving electric vehicles easier than ever with their two-day National Drive Electric Week celebration at the Naperville Test Track  at 1720 West Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 60540. The Naperville Test Track is the nation’s first public test track designed to let automobile customers safely test drive passenger cars, light trucks and sport utility vehicles in a closed environment. This event will be held on two consecutive Sundays to both kick off and wrap up National Drive Electric Week. On Sunday, September 13, 2015, the FVEAA will be showcasing both dealership and home-built EVs to the media and public, while offering test drives on the race track. EV owners will also be on hand to provide real world electric driving experiences and answer any questions. Due to overwhelming demand, the public is welcomed back on Sunday, September 20, 2015 for the FVEAA’s Ride-N-Drive event to test drive the multitude of electric vehicles on the market. More than 20 vehicles and counting will be on hand, including the Tesla Model S and Roadster, Chevrolet Volts, Nissan Leafs, Mitsubishi i-MiEVs, and some home-built electric vehicles. Both events will be from 1 PM to 4 PM. For more information or to be a local sponsor, contact the organizers at driveelectricweek.org.

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