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Earth Day 2018 Events in Nevada

25 Apr

Earth Day on April 22nd each year is an annual celebration of the global environment, that also calls attention to worldwide problems that potentially threaten the future of the earth’s ecosystem.

Supporters of the planet’s natural habitat use Earth Day as a platform to challenge the world’s population to live more sustainably, so that all residents benefit from a healthy, more natural environment.

Nevada Earth Day celebrations in Las Vegas and Reno both showcased electric cars.

Las Vegas

GreenFest 2018 celebrated Earth Day at Downtown Summerlin in Las Vegas with over 120 exhibitor booths.

On Saturday, April 21st, the Green Alliance of Nevada staged its annual GreenFest 2018 festival at Downtown Summerlin in Las Vegas from 9 AM to 5 PM:

A BMW i8 plug-in hybrid car parked at Las Vegas Cyclery while staging a Green Vehicle Procession.

The NEVA program organized a Green Vehicle Procession to kick off the event. Alternative-fuel vehicles staged in the parking lot of Las Vegas Cyclery about 3/4 of a mile away and drove in a caravan to Downtown Summerlin.

Ray Malkewicz prepares to lead a Green Procession in his Tesla Model 3 during festivities at GreenFest 2018.

The caravan was led by Ray Malkewicz who drove a Tesla Model 3, accompanied by several Tesla Model S electric cars, a Kia Soul EV, a GEM Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, Zero electric motorcycle and a customized electric bicycle.

NEVA outreach coordinators also helped organize a Clean Energy Drive zone within GreenFest 2018, that included an alternative-fuel vehicle car show. The NEVA booth featured a Tesla Motors Model S, that was demonstrated by Jeffrey Price of the Las Vegas Tesla Owners group.

Clean Energy Drive was an exhibit at GreenFest 2018 organized by the NEVA program that featured alternative-fuel vehicles.

Local dealerships featured hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery-powered electric cars on Clean Energy Drive.

2018 Porsche Panamera S e-hybrid is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a turbo-charged V6 engine that can produce 650 horsepower when combined with the electric motor drive train.

Gaudin Porsche exhibited two 2018 Porsche Panamera S e-hybrid and a 2018 Porsche Cayenne S e-hybrid. All of these vehicles are plug-in hybrid electric cars that have been built for performance as well as gasoline efficiency.

Findlay Chevrolet featured a 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2018 Chevrolet Bolt plug-in hybrid within the Clean Energy Drive.

Findlay Chevrolet showcased a Chevrolet Bolt EV and Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

Under the hood of a Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Lexus of Las Vegas featured three high-performance luxury hybrid vehicles.

Lexus of Las Vegas featured three high-end Lexus hybrid vehicles.

Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association exhibited a 1974 Aztec 7 kit car by FiberFab that had been converted to run on electric power.

The Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, a local chapter of the international Electric Auto Association, exhibited a 1974 FiberFab Aztec 7 kit car that had been converted to run on electric power, as well as a 2012 Nissan LEAF, and a customized electric bicycle.

Xtreme Green Sentinel Personal Mobility Vehicle

Xtreme Green Citadel Pro All-Terrain Vehicle

Xtreme Green Electric Vehicles from Las Vegas displayed two of their rugged EVs for security and military applications, that included an off-road all-terrain vehicle as well as a one-man security patrol transport.

NV Energy Renewable Generations trailer in Clean Energy Drive Zone featured a walk-through display of photovoltaic solar and solar heating programs.

Other exhibitors in the Clean Energy Drive zone included NV Energy with a walkthrough trailer that highlighted the electric utility’s Renewable Generations program. This program includes photovoltaic solar generation services, as well as energy storage and “time of use” rate programs specifically for electric car owners:

Bus-sized mobile display by Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada showcased public transit programs.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada showcased a walk-through bus exhibit with video monitors that highlighted public transit options for residents of the Las Vegas valley.

Southwest Gas exhibited a 2015 Chevrolet Impala and a 2016 Ford F-150 pickup truck fueled by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Southwest Gas showcased two vehicles that used compressed natural gas (CNG) as fuel for their internal combustion engines, instead of gasoline. These included a 2015 Chevrolet Impala and a 2016 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Solar distributor Sol-Up also displayed a BMW i3 electric car at its booth.


On Sunday, April 22nd, the Reno Earth Day 2018 celebration was staged at Idlewild Park from 11 AM to 6 PM:


Cynthia Ryan, President of the Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada (EAANN) blogged about the event:


EAANN encourages driving electric at Reno earth day celebration

A new location at Reno’s Earth Day celebration (April 23rd) at scenic Idlewild Park, on the banks of the Truckee River, drew even more crowds as EAANN members showed off their cars and spoke to the many benefits of driving electric. Earth Day organizers said there were more than 350 booths, and the event was attended by about 30,000 visitors!

On hand: Chuck Swackhammer with his 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, Cynthia Ryan with her 2017 Chevrolet Volt, Humberto Valencia with his much anticipated Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Spark, Greg Wilson with his 2014 Chevrolet Volt, Ken Andrews with his Tesla Model S, Bob and LeeAnn Marsh with their iconic (and show stopping!) Tesla Roadster, and Rafael Garcia from Nissan of Reno with the all new 2018 Nissan LEAF – the world’s bestselling electric car!
We wish to thank everybody who brought a car!

This event is always a favorite, since we can reach a large number of folks who are already inclined to be receptive towards driving electric to save the planet, combat climate change and save money.

NEVA blog post by Stan Hanel, Educational Outreach Coordinator, and Cynthia Ryan, EAANN President

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