Nearly 20 Events Make New England A NDEW 2015 Hot Spot.

Nearly 20 Events Make New England A NDEW 2015 Hot Spot.

Posted 08/28/2015 in News by Steve

Nearly 20 Events Make New England A NDEW 2015 Hot Spot. There will be events in Main, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Portland, Maine is hosting its 2015 event at the South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Rd., South Portland, ME 04106 on Sunday, September 13th from Noon to 4 PM. The community center has two Level 2 and one DC fast charger. Organizers worked with the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Central Maine Power to coordinate the event. Organizers have several local dealers committed to bringing EVs to the event for test drives. The organizers have an ambitious goal of getting 200 vehicle test drives during the event. For more information about the Portland event, contact Benjamin Lake at blake@gpcog.org

Head south along the coast to Durham, New Hampshire 

The Energy Committee of the Town of Durham, NH invites is sponsoring its first annual National Drive Electric Week event and official ribbon cutting ceremony for two new dedicated Level 2 EV ChargePoint charging parking spots in the Pettee Brook Municipal Lot, Pettee Brook Lane, Durham, NH 03824 on Sunday, September 20. The event runs from Noon until 4 PM. Also on hand will be Port City Nissan and BWM of Stratham will be offering free test drives. Organizers are also thankful for support from the NH Department of Environmental Services, the University of New Hampshire, and the Town of Durham for the installation of the charging station, and want to extend a special welcome to UNH students, faculty, and staff to attend the event. If you have any questions or suggestions for this event, please contact the organizers via driveelectricweek.org.

Also in New Hampshire is the event in Concord on the State House Lawn with the gold-domed Capital Building as a backdrop at 107 North Main St., Concord, NH 03301 from 8:30 AM to Noon. The organizers worked with the Granite State Clean Cities CoalitionNew Hampshire Sierra ClubNew Hampshire Auto Dealers Association and ConVerdant Vehicles to produce this event. It is going on in conjunction with the Concord Farmers Market so organizers are expecting a big crowd. For more information go to driveelectricweek.org
 
Massachusetts is having 5 events within its borders.

Massachusetts State Representatives Jonathan Hecht, Frank Smizik and Bradford Hill as well as Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge will host the Boston event on September 17th at the Massachusetts State House (Ashburton Park), 95 Bowdoin St., Boston, MA 02114 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The Event will feature vehicles from Smart Car for Two, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Chevy, BMW, Ford, and Tesla. The event will also have a traditional charging station from NRG and a wireless charging system designed by Wytricity for guests to see first hand. Vehicles will be parked along Bowdoin Street. Information about the vehicles present, Massachusetts programs and incentives, charging technologies and charger locations will be available in Ashburton Park. For more information on the Boston event, go to driveelectricweek.org.

The historic Larz Anderson Auto Museum just outside Boston will be the site of EV Day on Saturday, September 19th at 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Cars will be diplayed on the lawn of the museum, which located at 15 Newton St., Brookline, MA 02445. Organizers are expecting more than 20 electric vehicles ranging from the Tesla Model S to a VW e-Golf to a Zero Electric Motorcycle. Interested in displaying your vehicle or being a local sponsor? Contact the organizers at driveelectricweek.org

Natick, Massachusetts organizers are planning their event in conjunction with the Natick Farmers Market, South Main St., Natick, MA 01760, on Saturday September 19th from 9 AM to 1 PM. Organizers have invited a number of local car dealers to be at the event. BMW has already agreed to bring a car to the event. The new EV Natick town car, purchased in August, will be displayed. Also, get details about a new charging station being installed in the town center. For more information, go to driveelectricweek.org 

The Institute for Energy and Sustainability will be holding an Electric Vehicle event on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the WPI Higgins House Parking Lot at 151 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609. 25+ cars will be displayed. Joseph Bush, PhD and Executive Director of the Institute for Energy and Sustainability, and Dr. John A. Orr, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will be guest speakers at the event. Event sponsors include: ChargePointEnergyROINext Step LivingTechniArtSevconThe Worcester Regional Transit AuthoritySierra ClubMassRIDESYeloha; and the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for EVs program. Organizers thank their partners in this events, the Worcester Polytechnic Insititute (WPI) and National Grid. For more information, go to driveelectricweek.org 

Plimoth Plantation hosts an event marking the launch of an electric vehicle charging program at the museum and 5 other Plymouth area locations installed earlier in 2015. The event will be held on Friday, September 18th, 2015 at 2pm in the museum's main parking lot adjacent to the charging stations at 137 Warren Ave., Plymouth, MA 02360. State and town officials will be in the event to share remarks about the environmental and economic benefits of the program. There will be demonstrations showing how vehicles use the charging stations. The charging stations were installed thanks to a grant program developed by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP). The Town of Plymouth’s Planning Department and ChargePoint worked with area businesses to install the electric fueling infrastructure system throughout the Town of Plymouth. For more information on the event, go to driveelectric.org 

The Second Annual Rhode Island National Drive Electric Week event is scheduled for Saturday, September 12th from Noon to 3 PM at the Garden City Center, 100 Hillside Road
Cranston, RI 02920. Anchor Nissan and ChargePoint will be displaying products. The event is sponsored locally by Ocean State Clean Cities and the University of Rhode Island Outreach Center. For more information go to driveelectricweek.org 

This year, the National Drive Electric Week Shelburne event will be held on the evening of Wednesday, September 16th from 4 PM to 8 PM at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company at 6655 Shelburne Rd. Shelburne, VT. Local organizers Drive Electric Vermont are planning on having a variety of EVs including a BMW i3, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fusion Energi, Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model S. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own EVs as part of the celebration. Other local sponsors include: Sierra Club Vermont ChapterVermont Clean Cities Coalition the State of Vermont and Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). Electric Vehicle drivers wishing to display their car, volunteer to help with the event, or participate as a sponsor can contact David Roberts at 802-540-7835 or by email droberts@veic.org.
 
As part of the VEIC's National Drive Electric Week events, they will be hosting "Drive The Dream Vermont" during the day of September 16th. This an event is designed to encourage and recognize employer commitments to expand plug-in electric vehicle use in Vermont. This gathering will bring together Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and leading Vermont employers to champion the growth of EVs through commitments to install EV chargers at workplaces, increase the number of EVs incorporate fleets, and by providing purchase incentives to employees. The event starts at 10 AM. For more information on the events sponsored by the VEIC, go to driveelectricvt.com.

New Hampshire will be the location of 9 separate National Drive Electric Week Events.

Organizers have 3 events planned for the HArtford area. First, they are meeting on Sunday, September 13th from 4 to 5 PM at the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Campus Charging Stations at 1615 Stanley St., New Britain, CT 06053. After the meet-up they plan to go to dinner at a nearby restaurant. For information, go to driveelectricweek.org

Next, the organizers will meet at the Blue Back Square Whole Foods at 65 Memorial Rd., West Hartford, CT 06107 on Thursday, September 17th from 5 PM to 7 PM. For information, go to driveelectricweek.org

Lastly, the Hartford area organizers have an event scheduled for Friday, September 18th from 6:00 PM to 8 PM at the Tunxis Community College, 271 Scott Swamp Rd., Farmington, CT 06032. For information, go to driveelectricweek.org

Just outside of Hartford on Wednesday, September 16 from 5 PM to 7 PM, organizers have an event scheduled for the Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) Campus Inst. For Sustainable Energy, 83 Windham St., Willimantic, CT 06226. For information, go todriveelectricweek.org 

On Saturday, September 12th from 2 PM to 5 PM at the Middletown Harbor Park, 80 Harbor Dr., Middletown, CT 06457, organizers have planned an event. Scheduled to appear at the event is the Mercy High School Robotics team, which will bring their Electric Powered Robot for demonstrations and "Test Drives.” There will also be at least 10 EVs on display including a converted 1970’s Ford Pinto. For information, go to driveelectricweek.org 

South of Middleton in Durham, there is another event scheduled for Saturday, September 12th. Organizers are gathering at the Durham Public Library, 7 Maple Ave., Durham, CT 06422 at Noon. Handouts about electric vehicles will be available in the library’s Activity Room and electric cars will be parked in the library’s back lot. For information, go to driveelectricweek.org 

On Monday, September 14th, organizers are hosting an after work EV tailgate party at the New Big Y World Class Market at 22 Spencer Plains Rd., Old Saybrook, CT 06457 from 5 PM to 8 PM. Contact the organizers at driveelectricweek.org for more information. 

First Selectman, Michael Tetreau will be the special guest at the event scheduled for Saturday, September 12th at the Fairprene Parking Lot at Fairfield Train Station, Mill Plain Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 from 11 am - 2 pm. Join the Westport Electric Car Club, at least 5 local auto dealers with EV models, and several enthusiast cars including a 3-wheeled, single-seat, all-electric Corbin Sprrow and a Tesla Model S for the event. For more information, contact driveelectricweek.org 

Organizers in Norwalk are hosting their event in conjunction with the 6th Annual Live Green Festival at Taylor Farm Park on September 19-20 from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. The festival takes place at 45 Calf Pasture Rd., Norwalk, CT 06855. The Westport Electric Car Club will be on at the event and are encouraging other EV enthusiasts to attend the event. For more information, contact driveelectricweek.org 

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