Drive Electric Earth Month

Drive Electric Earth Month
Bellingham, WA
Apr 06, 2019

Day: Saturday, April 6, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Whole Foods Market
1030 Lakeway Drive
Bellingham, WA 98229
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2019.

Event Report

Highlights of the event by the numbers:

250 attendees
19 EV Enthusiasts displaying personal plug in electric vehicles and talking with attendees about driving electric
31 test drives--9 Nissan Leaf, 11 Chevy Bolt, 11Volkswagen E-golf
4 organization outreach tents--PSE, Whole Foods, Mud Bay, and Forth
2 homes signed up for Puget Sound Energy Green Power
3 Bellingham auto dealers participating--Chevy, Nissan and Volkswagen Porsche and Audi
2 new EVgo dual DC fast chargers opened for public
1 ribbon cutting
1 Sasquatch

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Remarks by:

Tonia Buell, Director, Plug In America
Otto Leuschel, Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market
Chris Damitio, Engineering Manager, WSDOT
Mike Mann, Consultant, EVgo and Forth
Council Member Pinky Vargas, Bellingham City Council
Council Member Rud Browne, Whatcom County Council
Rep. Jeff R Morris (D), District 40, Washington State Legislature
Rep. Sharon Shewmake (D), District 42, Washington State Legislature
Joe Timmons, NW WA Regional Representative, Office of Governor Jay Inslee

Special thanks to Kim Tryhorn, Cyan Strategies, for her leadership coordinating the DEED event.

photo by: Clare Fogelsong, City of Bellingham
Otto Leuschel, Store Team Leader (General Manager) of Whole Foods Market, cuts the ribbon in celebration of two new electric vehicle fast chargers during the Bellingham Drive Electric Earth Day event.

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Event Description


Bellingham Drive Electric Earth Day

Public Celebration of Bellingham’s Newest Electric Vehicle Charging Station

•             Check out a Variety of Electric Cars

•             Learn More About Electric Mobility

•             Join the Charging Station Ribbon-Cutting at 10AM

As part of the state's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Partnership Program, this new charging station is conveniently located along the I-5 corridor at Whole Foods Market. The station includes two EVgo fast chargers that can recharge an electric vehicle (EV) in about the time it takes to grocery shop or enjoy a cup of coffee. Come to the event for a chance to see the new chargers, test drive an electric vehicle, and talk with EV owners.

Public officials will give remarks and hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony starting at 10 a.m. Whole Foods is providing refreshments and participating organizations are offering free goodies and information materials, while supplies last.

Local partners include: Forth, EVgo, Whole Foods, Puget Sound Energy, City of Bellingham, and WSDOT.

Bellingham Nissan, Bellingham Chevrolet, and Forth are offering free test drives on a first-come, first-served basis. Drivers must be over 21-years-old and show a valid driver’s license to test drive a vehicle.

About a dozen local EV enthusiasts will display their vehicles and share their experiences driving electric.   

Registered Attendees

There are currently 77 attendees registered.

Expected Display Vehicles

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 4
Tesla Model S 3
Chevrolet Bolt 2
Chevrolet Volt 1
Chevy Spark EV 1
Fiat 500e 1
Kia Soul EV 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 1
Toyota Prius Prime 1
Volkswagen e-Golf 1
11 Models 17

Registered attendees report 854,858 electric miles driven.

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