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Earth Day 2016 EVents

26 Apr

Earth Day is celebrated every year in the United States on April 22nd. It is a great time for everyone to reflect on how their actions and lifestyles are affecting the green planet that they live on.

Community events were celebrated throughout the state of Nevada during the week and on the following weekend.

NEVA participated in GreenFest 2016 at Downtown Summerlin on Saturday, April 23rd alongside a Farmers Market event within the shopping district on the west side of Las Vegas, not far from Red Rock Canyon National Park.

A Drive Clean Energy Procession kicked off the event, with two electric Segway scooters leading a caravan of alternative-fuel vehicles, that included hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery-powered electric vehicles. Participants drove alternative-fuel vehicles that included Tesla Motors Model S, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus EV, and Nissan LEAF models.

Gaudin Porsche exhibited a Panamera S E-Hybrid and Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Gaudin Porsche exhibited a Panamera S E-Hybrid and Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Within the GreenFest 2016 celebration, a Green Vehicle Zone featured hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles from Lexus of Las Vegas, Gaudin Porsche and Findlay Chevrolet. Lexus hybrid vehicles included the CT 200h, ES 300h, NX 300h, and RX 450h. Porsche plug-in hybrid models included the Panamera S E-Hybrid and Cayenne S E-Hybrid SUV. A new model 2017 Chevrolet Volt was also available from Findlay Chevrolet.

Findlay Chevrolet displayed the newest model of the Chevy Volt, now with over 50 miles of electric-only range and a total range of 420 miles extended.

Findlay Chevrolet displayed the newest model of the Chevy Volt, now with over 50 miles of electric-only range and a total range of 420 miles extended.

David Morse displayed his Tesla Motors Roadster

David Morse displayed his Tesla Motors Roadster

Battery-powered electric vehicles included a Tesla Motors Roadster exhibited by owner David Morse and a 1965 Mustang Fastback EV conversion by Larry Gareffa. Both electric vehicles and the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid SUV were plugged into solar-power ChargePoint stations mounted on trailers from DC Solar as part of an exhibit by the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The DC Solar trailers have battery storage banks and a gasoline generator to continuously provide power when the sun is not shining.

Tesla Roadster and 1965 Mustang Fastback EV Conversion recharge from solar-powered ChargePoint station provided by DC Solar and Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Tesla Roadster and 1965 Mustang Fastback EV Conversion recharge from solar-powered ChargePoint station provided by DC Solar and Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Bombard Renewable Energy was the primary electricity provider to the music stage and to the other exhibitors at GreenFest 2016 from its solar-powered trailers, as well.

ChargePoint and distributor Verdek, LLC staffed a booth that showed how the ChargePoint charging stations could be activated and locations monitored over the ChargePoint network.

NV Energy displayed a Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF fleet cars as part of the Southern Nevada Fleet Association exhibit.

NV Energy displayed a Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF fleet cars as part of the Southern Nevada Fleet Association exhibit.

The Southern Nevada Fleet Association featured vehicles from NV Energy and Southwest Gas utilities. NV Energy fleet vehicles included a Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle and a Nissan LEAF battery-powered car. Southwest Gas showcased a Honda Civic that was fueled by compressed natural gas and Republic Services also displayed one of the company’s trash hauling trucks that was also powered by CNG.

Honda Civic powered by CNG was exhibited by Southwest Gas.

Honda Civic powered by CNG was exhibited by Southwest Gas.

Attendance at the event exceeded 10,000 visitors during the day as the weather cooperated with a beautiful sunny day that brought out families and visitors from all over the Las Vegas Valley.

In the northern part of the state, the annual Reno Earth Day celebration was staged at Idlewild Park on Sunday, April 24th, as shown on this Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/RenoEarthDay/

The event included a “Future of Transportation” display that featured alternative-fuel vehicles from the Northern Nevada Electric Auto Association and also the Regional Transportation Commission.

Organizers estimated that about 25,000 visitors attended this regional event.

“A good time was had by all…”

NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

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