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: National Drive Electric Week Celebrations in Reno and Las Vegas

National Drive Electric Week Celebrations in Reno and Las Vegas

21 Sep

National Drive Electric Week was celebrated across the country in over 150 cities nationwide from Sept. 15th – 21st. The event is organized annually during the month of September by the Electric Auto Association, Sierra Club and Plug-in America to promote the use of electric-drive vehicles. The cities of Las Vegas and Reno hosted local events in Nevada.

Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, a Green Alliance of Nevada luncheon on Sept. 17th at Planet Hollywood featured a panel that focused on future transportation in Nevada. Panel members included State Senators Kelvin Atkinson (Energy Committee) and Pat Spearman (Transportation Committee), as well as Chris Magee, Sustainable Facilities Manager at MGM Resorts International; Marie Steele, Electric Vehicle and Renewable Energy Manager from NV Energy; Mike Salisbury, Transportation Analyst from Southwest Energy Efficiency Project; and Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator at Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator program. The panel discussion was moderated by Rudy Garcia, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Verdek, LLC. and a Board of Directors member of Green Alliance of Nevada.

http://www.fox5vegas.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10595682

FOX5 Vegas – KVVU

Other electric car events in southern Nevada during National Drive Electric Week featured educational outreach presentations to students at the East Career & Technical Academy, an electric vehicle safety training overview to first responders at the Nevada Traffic Incident Management coalition, and an EV infrastructure presentation to SolarNV, the local Las Vegas chapter of the American Solar Energy Society.

"Electric Juice Bar Crawl" staging area at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas under a photovoltaic solar cell canopy that tracks the sun.

“Electric Juice Bar Crawl” staging area at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas under a photovoltaic solar cell canopy that tracks the sun.

Saturday, Sept. 20th featured an “Electric Juice Bar Crawl” at Springs Preserve parking lot from 10 AM to 2 PM, where two dual-port ChargePoint EV recharging stations received electricity from sunlight gathered by solar photovoltaic cell arrays mounted above the car port parking canopies. The support bars for each row of photovoltaic cell arrays can rotate horizonatlly, so that the panels track the movement of the sun and align themselves to receive the full rays as the sun moves across the sky during the day.

Tesla Motors Model S owner Rufus Perry demonstrates how to plug in at the Bridger Street Supercharger station during the "Electric Juice Bar Crawl".

Tesla Motors Model S owner Rufus Perry demonstrates how to plug in at the Bridger Street Supercharger station during the “Electric Juice Bar Crawl”.

A caravan of five electric-drive vehicles departed from the parking lot at Springs Preserve with riders aboard, to tour other recharging sites nearby – Clark County Government Center, City Hall of Las Vegas, Tesla Motors Supercharger Station at Bridger Street, and the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Last stop on the "Electric Juice Bar Crawl" at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Last stop on the “Electric Juice Bar Crawl” at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About 120 people attended the Springs Preserve event during the day with about 20 plug-in electric cars appearing at the site during the day, including multiple Tesla Motors Models S, Chevrolet Volts, Nissan LEAFs, Ford Focus Electrics, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, BMW i3 REx, Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid, Daimler Smart ED, a Zero motorcycle, and a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback EV conversion.

Mark Larsen traveled the farthest in his Nissan LEAF from St. George, Utah, spreading his trip over three days, staying overnight in Overton along the way. He blogged about his trip and provided a photo journal:

http://bit.ly/1Dx01iG

Daryl Elliot, a writer for Clean Technica, also covered the event:

http://cleantechnica.com/2014/09/30/national-drive-electric-week-event-las-vegas/

From right to left - Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, Tesla Motors Model S, Chevrolet Volt, and Ford Focus Electric

From right to left – Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, Tesla Motors Model S, Chevrolet Volt, and Ford Focus Electric

The event was sponsored by Frank’s European Service/Hybrid Shop, Go Space, Sierra Club and Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, with special thanks to LVEVA Vice-President Evan Eskelson.

Event sponsors included Frank Scandura of Frank's European Service/Hybrid Shop; Collin Burnell of Sierra Club, and Dave Sharp of Go Space, who answered questions for Brad, a Nissan LEAF owner.

Event sponsors included Frank Scandura of Frank’s European Service/Hybrid Shop; Collin Burnell of Sierra Club, and Dave Sharp of Go Space, who answered questions for Brad, a Nissan LEAF owner.

Reno

Tesla owner Guy Hall (l) showed the additional cargo space available in his Model S Sedan to Willow Ronska, David Gibson of the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy, and Tom Polikalas of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) at the "Drive Electric" event held at Virginia Lake in Reno on Sat., Sept. 20, 2014.

Tesla owner Guy Hall (l) showed the additional cargo space available in his Model S Sedan to Willow Ronska, David Gibson of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, and Tom Polikalas of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) at the “Drive Electric” event held at Virginia Lake in Reno on Sat., Sept. 20, 2014.

A “Show ‘n Shine Picnic” in Reno on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Virginia Lake Park Shelter (2400 Lakeside Drive, Reno, NV). “Bring your electric vehicle, bring your family, bring your friends, bring something yummy to eat — and something to share with others (optional)! We’ll provide charcoal for the BBQ if you want to cook something and we’ll be grilling some hot dogs for everybody, as well! The event is free and open to the public – you don’t have to own an electric car to attend.”

Rudy Garcia (center) explained the features of the VERDEK EV charging station to Tom Polikalas (l), SWEEP's Nevada's representative, and David Gibson (right) of the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy

Rudy Garcia (center) explained the features of the VERDEK EV charging station to Tom Polikalas (l), SWEEP’s Nevada’s representative, and David Gibson (right) of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy

Press coverage by the Reno Gazette-Journal:
http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/09/20/reno-sparked-electric-car-interest-tesla/15984929/

Reno Gazette-Journal  breaking news reporter Marcella Corona (right) interview Bob Tregilus of the The Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada (EAANN), organizer of the "Drive Electric" event in Reno on Sept. 20, 2014 at Virginia Lake.   Marcella's story on the event is found at: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/09/20/reno-sparked-electric-car-interest-tesla/15984929/

Reno Gazette-Journal breaking news reporter Marcella Corona (right) interview Bob Tregilus of the The Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada (EAANN), organizer of the “Drive Electric” event in Reno on Sept. 20, 2014 at Virginia Lake. Marcella’s story on the event is found at: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/09/20/reno-sparked-electric-car-interest-tesla/15984929/

During September, the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno announced that it has added two Tesla Motors High-Power EV charging stations to its West End parking lot, on the corner of Atlantis Driveway and West Virginia Street, near the existing ChargePoint SAE J1772 AC Level 2 stations already there:

http://thisisreno.com/2014/09/tesla-chargepoint-charging-stations-atlantis-casino-resort-spa/

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has added two Tesla Motors High-Power EV charging stations to its parking lot near the existing ChargePoint SAE J1772 AC Level 2 stations.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has added two Tesla Motors High-Power EV charging stations to its parking lot near the existing ChargePoint SAE J1772 AC Level 2 stations.

“A good time was had by all…”

Blog by NEVA Outreach Coordinator Stan Hanel

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