Saturday, October 4, 2014

National Drive Electric Week and then some

So we had our National Drive Electric Week September 20th in Morristown NJ and one on the 21st in Montclair - it was EV awesome...but that was not all...never is in the world of an EVer.  I of course had to stop off at Cars and Croissants, before the Morristown NDEW, which was meeting at the Morristown ShopRite.

As soon as I pulled in it was like moths to a flame...well Solar Orange anyway.  It was as though that orange viper was never there.  Folks, car people love the i3, they just do.  To this day, 4 months later and 4,500 miles I'm still asked about it.  Feels good.

I will add that other EVs also draw attention at Cars and Croissants...a good thing all around.  So on with the pictures...I have a lot of them!

I'm not parked for more than a minute and bam!
Folks love the interior - once I open the doors they are all over it
I arrived early so I would have enough time to get to my NDEW event but still a decent number of cars gathering.  Always fun and EVs are very welcome here

After a quick visit it was time for the NDEW EVent in Morristown.  Susatainable Morristown sponsored us and the Parish House of the Morristown Presbyterian Church gave us part of their lot.  Our EAA Chapter, the NJEAA did not disappoint with our turnout.  We had at one time 23 EVs and 27 showed up.  A fantastic day especially because we had a lot of foot traffic come in and talk to us since we were right off of the street.

I've noticed over the years of EV ownership that the questions are far better now.  People are now interested in getting an EV, I rarely here negative comments these days, this is progress.  What I've noticed is that more Mom's are interested in the i3 than ever before.  Especially when they see my child seat in the back they realize this is a real usable car...EVs have come a long way to being accepted and it feels great to being a part of that....and now on with the Morristown NDEW pics

Getting some decent foot traffic

Our friends from Sustainable Morristown surrounded by EVness

Another was a gorgeous day to talk EV

We had a number of people join us after Cars and Croissants

Right along the sidewalk we were

We definitely had a good crowed and it was great to hear that people read about our event and that is why they were there

Sustainable Morristown showing some EVSE tech....soon Morristown will have chargers

A great group and crowd

People stayed until the very end

The B-Class drew a lot of attention as did the my i3

The Roadster really proved that EVs could be fun
Paul from Sustainable Morristown gets to drive a Tesla Roadster - the look on his face says it all
I think I can take him
This is a great view of two amazing EVs
Right to the end we had people wanting to see the i3
That's me with my official EAA 'KICK GAS' NDEW shirt

What a great event and the press picked us up in a few places.  You can see some of those articles here....great images.

The Daily Record has some amazing pictures  - Daily Record

The Morristown Green does as well - Morristown Green

Well that was fun but we were not done yet, the following day we had another NDEW EVent at Nauna's - that is Tom Moloughney's place and as usual this one did not disappoint.

This must be the place - great banner Tom

I arrived eraly to grab a quick boost then free it up for everyone else on their way

Folks are starting to roll in

EVent is under way...someone gets a test drive

That is a pretty blue on the B-Class

We are filling up
Another view
EV central
Some folks planned to stay for a long time
Then a pair of BMW i8s arrive...

What an amazing sight

You have to see an i8 in person to experience it...I had a ride in one a few months ago - amazing.  What is more amazing is we had two with us today - first time ever two that were not press vehicles together in public

Is he handing over the keys?
The i8 doors are super cool
Is this LEAF nervous?

No words needed

I'm looking over two i8s
They do look good together

I would like this car in any color

They also had goodies inside

Just wow
I had to jump in for a photo

How cool is this?

Another great day and my trusty EV assistant says it is time to go

That was one amazing weekend.  Driving an EV has so many side benefits a gas car just can't compete with.