In this year’s National Drive Electric Week, occurring from September 25-October 3, 2021, electric vehicle aficionados from around the country hosted and participated in events to inform people about electric vehicle and charging developments and the benefits of going electric.
As part of these efforts, Clean Fuels Ohio and our Drive Electric Ohio chapters organized or supported seven events across the state to celebrate recent developments and successes in Ohio EV progress and to emphasize the continued need for EV growth and accessibility. The seven events included more than 132 vehicles that had driven a combined total of more than 3,700,463 electric miles.
A recap on all of Ohio’s NDEW2021 events are included below:
On September 18, the last day of the three-day Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival, Drive Electric Athens/the Athens EV Cruisers, supported by Drive Electric Columbus, organized the Fourth Annual EV Showcase as part of the festival’s Sustainability Village. EV owners shared their vehicles, providing the EV-curious an opportunity to learn about EVs from Chevrolet, KIA, Tesla, Hyundai, and others.
“Despite an overcast sky and some light occasional drizzle, the event was very well attended,” said Michael Peters, Drive Electric Northeast Ohio Chapter Leader. “The electric vehicle showcase was a big hit with both the kids and their parents.”
Nearly every available EV model in Ohio was represented among the 25 vehicles present, from the entire Tesla lineup to the Ford Mach-e and VW ID.4, and those 25 vehicles had driven a combined 898,950 electric miles.
Drive Electric Cincinnati’s event on September 25 filled the Cincinnati Art Museum’s main parking lot with over 30 EVs, bringing together EV owners and the EV-curious to chat and answer questions. EV owners tried out other EV makes. People interested in experiencing driving electric for the first time took their pick from EVs ranging from a 2013 Nissan Leaf to a 2021 VW ID.4 or Tesla Model Y. With fifteen different EV models on display, including newly-released ones like the Mustang Mach-E, Cincinnati NDEW 2021 had more variety than any previous Cincinnati NDEW events. The thirty-two EVs registered for the event had driven a combined total of 871,309 at the time of registration.
The Cincinnati Art Museum rewarded volunteers and everyone taking EV rides with free tickets to their special exhibition. Several vendors also joined the event:
- Kings VW’s ID.4 gave EV rides and test drives
- Electrada, which earlier in the year installed the Cincinnati Art Museum’s eight charging stalls, provided charging demonstrations
- Solar Energy Solutions shared information on how to drive on sunshine
On September 25, Edison Brewing Company hosted Drive Electric Columbus. In addition to twenty-three EVs from chapter members and Buckeye Nissan, the event featured The Ohio State University EcoCar Team, a kid’s area with battery-powered RC cars for kids to take their own electric test drives, and an EV Awards Show. SkyCharge Solar also displayed at the event. Smart Columbus, Moo Moo Express Car Wash, AAA Ohio, EVUnited, and Tesla Motors (Easton Town Center Showroom) sponsored door prizes.
Drive Electric Dayton held a ride and drive event at Carillon Historical Park from 4 pm to 7:30 pm on Sep 28. Matt Castrucci KIA brought a white KIA Niro EV and sold it at the event. Millennium Reign Energy brought a Toyota Mirai hydrogen-powered EV. EV owner members of the DED group brought 34 electric vehicles to display and drive. Carillon parking lot allowed easy access to local roads for test drives. The Bolt EUV won at least one future buyer, as did the Mach-E. Twelve walk-in guests reported that they were either likely or very likely to buy an EV as their next vehicle. The 36 vehicles present had driven at least 902,323 electric miles.
On October 1, AAA Ohio Auto Club, The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research, Columbus State Community College, DriveOhio, Smart Columbus and the Transportation Research Center, Inc co-hosted a webinar to celebrate Drive Electric Week and to discuss the future of mobility and electric vehicle adoption as part of the free, educational webinar series, Technology Takes the Wheel. The webinar featured a welcome message from Lt. Governor Jon Husted, a DriveOhio update from Executive Director Howard Wood, and a keynote speech from Smart Columbus Executive Director Jordan Davis. Students from the Herbert Mills STEAM Elementary School in Reynoldsburg showcased their “Smart Reynoldsburg” projects, and several leaders in transportation electrification participated in a panel discussion:
- Matt Ringlien, Inventory Director, Dave Gill Chevrolet
- Julie Volpe-Walker, Principal Engineer, AEP Ohio
- Rich Granger, Managing Director, Workforce and Economic Development, DriveOhio
- Morgan Kauffman, CEO, Columbus Yellow Cab
- Colin Knight, Project Manager, The Ohio State University EcoCar
The video recording and transcript for the webinar can be located at the following link: https://www.gotostage.com/channel/driveohio
Drive Electric Northwest Ohio and the Electric Auto Association of Northwest Ohio organized their eighth annual National Drive Electric Week event on October 2 at the Town Center at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.
“We had cars from Ford, Honda, Chevrolet, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Tesla,” said Michael Hall, Drive Electric Northwest Ohio Chapter Leader and Electric Auto Association of Northwest Ohio President. “It was great to have such a broad representation of the EVs currently on the market.”
Attendees took many test drives in the sixteen registered vehicles, adding even more electric miles to the 330,500 reported at time of registration.