National Drive Electric Week is a national celebration from September 12-15 to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.
We’re happy to announce that we currently have 105 events registered for National Drive Electric Week 2015. Thank you to all the city captains and volunteers over the past four years for your hard and devoted work. We are so grateful and excited for this year’s events.
We especially appreciate all the individuals and organizations who have participated all five years holding events in cities including Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ; Tucson, AZ; San Diego, CA; Cupertino, CA; Marin, CA; Santa Monica/Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; Las Vegas, NV; Concord, NH; New York, NY; Portland, OR; Knoxville, TN; Austin, TX;Dallas, TX; and Seattle/Issaquah, WA. This month we’re highlighting Knoxville, Tennessee’s 5 year participation.
Jonathan Overly, the Executive Director of East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, and his assistant Kristy Keel have been City Captains and Volunteers for Knoxville’s events since Drive Electric Week’s beginning in 2011.
Their first event was small, held at the downtown Market Square where a handful of EVs were on display. Their events have grown from reaching dozens to reaching thousands. Over the years their events have varied from EVs on display to a tailgate party at Neyland Stadium.
Knoxville organizers have had events at various locations including, but not limited to; a nature preserve, Market Square, and Neyland stadium where they stood out front of University of Neyland’s stadium with a handful of EVs and Electric Bikes. By doing so they were able to greet thousands as they poured into the stadium for their football game.
This year Knoxville organizers plan on holding their event at the University of Tennessee during the UT vs. the Western Carolina Catamounts football game.
“Drive Electric Week is a great opportunity to expose a wide variety of demographics to electric and plug-in electric vehicles. These events are helpful to those who already have a strong interest in EVs as well as those who are skeptical of the technology because they get to see, experience, and sometimes drive the vehicles.” – Kristy Keel
“Our Clean Cities coalition, alongside many regional partners, has been working to elevate EVs and EVSE [Electric Vehicle Service Equipment] in East Tennessee for years, and we really look forward to our annual National Drive Electric Week events as a great way to spread the message.” – Jonathan Overly
To learn more about National Drive Electric Week visit our website.