Next week, more than 150 locations across the country will celebrate National Drive Electric Week, an annual event presented by Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association to highlight the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs). Drive Electric RVA will offer multiple opportunities for residents of central Virginia to learn about this fun, practical transportation alternative during the week, including test drives of the latest EVs, a free film screening, and a meet-up on zero emission transportation.
The kick-off for National Drive Electric Week will be on Sunday, September 13 at 2:00 p.m., when Libbie Mill Midtown hosts the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest gathering of EV owners and enthusiasts. Drivers from around the state will come to Richmond to share their experiences with a variety of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, including the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, and BMW i3. In addition, Thunderbolt Indoor Karting will showcase their electric go-carts and the Virginia Tech Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team will demonstrate their EV conversion of a Corvette for a nationwide competition.
Libbie Mill is a new mixed-use development of Gumenick Properties which currently has four EV charging stations. Science Matters will provide hands-on activities at the September 13th event. “Being able to partner with Drive Electric RVA during National Drive Electric Week is a great opportunity for us to help engage all ages in exploring new technologies and to learn more about how we can all be better environmental stewards,” notes Debbie Mickle, manager of Science Matters, an educational initiative of the Community Idea Stations. “Our goal is to use the power of Central Virginia’s PBS and NPR stations to inspire our community to value science and understand its importance to our future.”
Here are the details on Drive Electric RVA’s other events for National Drive Electric Week:
- Rides&Reels, Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. — Test drive the latest electric vehicles available in metro Richmond, including the CMAX Energy Hybrid, Nissan LEAF, i-MiEV, and Chevy Volt (cars subject to change). Then, see a free screening of “Kick Gas,” a documentary about eight people who travel 4,000 miles using zero gasoline. The event will be hosted by J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College at The Gallery at its Parham Road campus. The RVA Environmental Film Festival is the promotional partner.
- EV Plug-In, Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m. — Learn how electric vehicles can be combined with solar power to offer zero emission transportation at this meet-up. Charles Gerena, lead organizer of Drive Electric RVA, and Mark Nedervelt of solar installer Old Dominion Innovations will lead the discussion, which will be held at the Urban Farmhouse in Church Hill. Richmond Green Drinks is the promotional partner.