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Cookeville Ride & Drive
Cookeville, TN
Apr 17, 2021

Day: Saturday, April 17, 2021 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT
Location: Sam's Club
1177 Sams St.
(next to Electrify America charging station)
Cookeville, TN 38506
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2021.

Event Report

The Ride & Drive EV Showcase event in Cookeville, TN was a roaring success. Located in the Sam's Club parking lot, the event attracted a wide variety of folks in a rural area in Tennessee who may not have ever had access to hands-on experience with an EV.

We were fortunate enough to display a wide range of electric vehicles, including multiple Tesla Model 3s, Nissan LEAFs, a Chevy Bolt, and a plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-250 pickup truck. The hybrid pick-up truck was of particular interest to event attendees. Visitors also enjoyed the opportunity to drive a Tesla Model 3.

The event attracted nearly 120 directly engaged visitors in addition to the 14 drivers who volunteered their time and vehicles, all of whom enthusiastically shared their passion for transportation electrification with attendees in a wide variety of demographics. We completed nearly 20 ride alongs, 6 or 7 of which were drive-based experiences.

Additionally, we garnered a good amount of attention from Sam's Club visitors who might not have stopped to talk with our vehicle owners and experts. We were located near the parking lot entrance, next to an Electrify America charging station, so we were also able to educate visitors on EVSE infrastructure.

This event was presented by DriveElectricTN, a program of East Tennessee Clean Fuels, in partnership with Dr. Pingen Chen at Tennessee Tech University and Tara Wohlgemuth at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

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photo by: East Tennessee Clean Fuels
Vehicles from left to right: Blue Tesla Model 3, black Tesla Model 3, red Tesla model 3 People from left to right: Tara Wohlgemuth, Roberto Lipe, Alisa Neal , Lydia Matteson

Event Description


Tennessee Tech. University (TNTech), the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), East TN Clean Fuels and DriveElectricTN (DET) will host an EV Showcase and Ride & Drive on Saturday, April 17, 2021. A variety of EVs will be on display and - as permits - we will be offering free drives and rides in EVs! 

Come join us to experience all the benefits that electric vehicles have to offer and hear from current owners from across the region what owning and driving one is like!!  

We invite any regional EV owners to please register to join us and then let us know you're coming by emailing [email protected] with your name and vehicle information - we want you there with us and to meet you and your EV!

Registered Attendees

There are currently 38 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 6
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 3
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 3
Chevrolet Bolt 1
Chevrolet Volt 1
5 Models 14

Registered attendees report 456,158 electric miles driven.

Presented By

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All DEEM 2025 sponsors support Plug In America's coordination of Drive Electric Earth Month.

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