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National Drive Electric Week 2016 & #BeatFlorida

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  1. bollar

    bollar Disgruntled Member

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    National Drive Electric Week 2016 is coming up again and we have a great opportunity to raise electric vehicle awareness right as we prepare for the 2017 Texas Legislative Session. Here's the idea - Texas came in third place to California and Florida in attendance in 2015. It would not be difficult for us to drive record attendance and #BeatFlorida to come in second.

    High attendance gets us publicity and visibility we'll be able to put to use next year! There are 7411 EVs registered in Texas as of June 15, 2016 according to TxDOT - over 2500 are Teslas. Wouldn't it be great to have a huge Tesla showing?

    Here are the 2015 NDEW attendance stats:

    # Vehicles 2015
    California: 924
    Florida: 331
    Texas: 259

    Texas 2015
    Event State Attendees Vehicles E-Miles Driven
    Dallas-Fort Worth TX 466 125 2,312,577
    San Antonio TX 216 37 573,274
    Austin TX 158 42 657,861
    Houston TX 110 38 552,242
    Katy TX 36 17 255,600


    DFW did well last year and came in as the largest event outside of California in terms of attendees and miles driven - and this was despite torrential rain. Also, because of last year's success, State Representative Giovanni Capriglione will join us as the guest speaker.

    Here are the Texas NDEW events. Please join us!

    Austin: National Drive Electric Week Event - Austin
    Dallas/Fort Worth: National Drive Electric Week Event - Grapevine
    Houston: National Drive Electric Week Event - Houston
    San Antonio: National Drive Electric Week Event - San Antonio
     
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    bollar Disgruntled Member

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    We did well over the weekend and added thirty Teslas to the count.

    Would love to add other manufacturers. Do you know any EV clubs that we can contact? You can either share the details or drop me a PM and we'll take care of it.
     
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    True and the three Leafs have been there since the event was created. The organizers haven't responded to emails from the DFW event's organizers, so I'm not sure what's going on there. To avoid disappointment, I'd recommend attending the event in Grapevine. It'll be great fun! Hope you join us.
     
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    We're making great progress! Registrations are ahead of this point last year, especially in Austin & Dallas/Fort Worth.

    Austin - 37
    DFW - 76 (Plus Rockwall - 3)
    Houston - 25
    San Antonio - 12

    Total: 153

    Join us! National Drive Electric Week 2016 - Events
     
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    I just registered for the San Antonio event.

    Note that the San Antonio event has moved to Saturday the 10th of September, and is in the Pearl Brewery area.
     
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    Yikes, that's good to know. Thanks for the update!
     
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    San Antonio is tomorrow! We are well on track to #beatFlorida

    Current Stats:

    Austin: 52
    DFW: 92 + Rockwall 4
    Houston: 34
    San Antonio: 17

    Total: 195
     
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    Just finished spending my morning at the Pearl Farmer's Market fostering appreciation of EV. So of the 17 Tesla's that registered to participate, there were only four there - red "classic" Model S, red "refreshed" Model S, "refreshed" Blue Model S and a white Model X. The two red cars (mine was one) gave quite a few rides to some really interested folks.
     
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    Great to hear it!

    What other cars came?
     
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    Mine was the blue Model S. It's not a refresh though; it's a spring 2015 car with the original nose and autopilot. The white X was Cattledog's.

    Being at the Farmer's Market worked out well for us. Lots of people who are receptive to Tesla's message. I talked to a few people who have Model 3 reservations already, and a few more who might be interested.
     
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    Cool - what cars were there other than Teslas?
     
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    One BMW i3, one Leaf, one ELR. Zero Motorcycles sent two of their bikes. And a converted Triumph Spitfire.
     
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    Can someone who has been to the Grapevine event in the past describe the vibe? I am likely going, but I'm wondering whether I should come alone or bring the family. Is there stuff to do that would entertain my wife and 2-year-old? Or is it mostly a bunch of Tesla/EV geeks talking in a parking lot?
     
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    Last year was our first event at Grapevine Mills. It's true that there is a lot of EV geekery going on - what's special about NDEW is that there are lots of non-EV owners, so the conversations are different than our normal "when will be be able to drive to Fort Stockton" questions.

    The organizers do have some activities for kids - last year, they had face painting, corn hole and some other events.

    New this year are invited speakers, State Rep Giovanni Capriglione and others.

    If all else fails, Grapevine Mills is just 100 feet away and sure to keep most people occupied for an hour or two.
     
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    Awesome, thanks. I'll be bringing the whole fam, then!
     
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    I'm waiting with fingers crossed that our Model X delivery happens tomorrow as scheduled. If it does, we'll be signing up for the Austin event next weekend - mostly likely with two separate EVs.

    //TB
     
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    Now that we're coming up on just a few days until the largest events, registrations are increasing rapidly:

    Austin - 64
    DFW - 105 (Plus Rockwall - 4)
    Houston - 38
    San Antonio - 17

    Total: 228

    Also, FYI, here's the latest next on NDEW DFW:

    The big day is upon us! THIS Saturday, September 17th is the DFW National Drive Electric Week Event! Join us from 10am-2pm at Grapevine Mills Mall in the parking lot between Saks OFF 5th and Neiman Marcus -- right next to the electric vehicle charging stations!

    Here's what to expect:

    10:00am -- Event Opens, Registration: If you've registered online, great! You'll be in the "express lane" to just check off your name and receive the items you'll need for the day.
    11:00am -- Elected Officials Remarks: State Representative Giovanni Capriglione and Regional Transportation Councilman Mike Taylor will be saying a few words about the positive impact of EVs on air quality and the Texas economy.
    11:20-11:30 -- Official EV Count! Help us beat last year's record of 116 EVs in one place!
    1:15 -- Raffles: By visiting our many exhibitors throughout the day and receiving the necessary number of stamps on your stampcard, you can be entered to win AMAZING prizes. Up for grabs this year? A weekend with a BMW EV, a weekend with a Chevy Volt, a weekend with a Nissan LEAF, and 24 hours with a Tesla Model S! Attendees must be present to win, so make sure you stick around!

    Who will be there?

    This year's exhibitors include:

    Carvana
    Chargepoint
    City of Lewisville
    Classic Chevrolet of Grapevine
    Classic BMW of Plano
    Natural Awakenings
    Nissan North America
    North Texas Electric Auto Association
    North Texas Renewable Energy Group
    Telefonix
    Tesla Motors

    PLUS, make sure to stop by for Pokey O's Cookies & Ice Cream!

    What else will you find?

    Activities for all ages, friendly and knowledgeable EV owners, a SnapChat filter especially for NDEW2016, and a Poke Stop in the mall (you never know what you'll find there)!
     
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    Tesla's help added ten cars and perhaps 100 registrations state-wide overnight! That's a bunch of people hoping to learn more about electric cars!
     

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