Drive Electric Earth Month

Drive Electric Earth Month
Asheville Drive Electric Earth Day 2023
Asheville, NC
Apr 30, 2023

Day: Sunday, April 30, 2023 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 pm EDT
Location: Asheville Outlets
800 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2023.

Event Report

At first, it seemed like the weather would not cooperate. We had designated a rain date as May 7th.  Finally, the National Weather Service indicated it might clear up by noon.  Not wanting to disappoint the 80 drivers and over 100 attendees who had registered, we decided that the event was a go, rain, or shine!  We are so glad we did.  For Asheville's 3rd Drive Electric Earth Day there were 70 + EVs present and a wide variety of them.  People came from across the state and other states to attend the show.  From Mercedes EQS's, to five, yes I said five Rivian Trucks and two F-150 Lightnings and a Cadillac Lyric to the other cool EVs, like the Polestar II (which came from Charlotte), Volvo C40s, Subaru (Solterra), EV6's, Ionic 5's, ID4's and all sorts of plug in hybrids like the 4 x e Wrangler, Primes, I3's, plus several Ford E-Transits with one equipped with seats and a lift for disabilities, E Mini Cooper, a Jaguar I Pace...   The affordable EV section with Bolts, Volts, Energies, I3's, Sparks, I-MiEV's was also a great hit.   Many Tesla's were present with a beautiful display of 3's, S's, and Y's.  Local dealers, Prestige and Hunter Subaru and Volvo and Fields Auto came out with their EVs to support us.  Then the people packed in.  And let's not forget the mobile microgrids, a product of local universities engineering and computer science students pushing us towards energy independence!  Earthshine Nature Programs brought their solar powered educational pod where they demonstrated the power of the sun charging a car directly from the sunshine! 

Everyone wanted to ride in the both the Rivian and Ford Lightning trucks.   Second most popular was Mini E-Cooper, and the luxury Model S, then the Model 3 and VW ID4.  Interestingly, the affordable Bolt was also popular for rides and after 3 hours we had accumulated at least 90 rides! 

In addition, Sugar Hollow Solar gave away an e-bike courtesy of Epic Cycles. 

This was a hugely successful event, and we are grateful to our sponsors the Asheville Outlets, Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, our supporting vendors and non-profits: Sugar Hollow Solar, Sierra Club local chapter, Critical Services Micro Grid, Fields Auto Group, Prestige Subaru, Hunter Volvo, Earthshine Nature Programs, Live Edge Audio Productions, plus the many volunteers generously donating thousands of hours and their electric vehicles to make this event one of the best ever Drive Electric Earth Days!  

 This is the Age of EV!

Here is a news story about the event:

photo by: Rudy Beharrysingh
A shot of the Mercedes EQS...

More photos from this event.

Event Description


Check out the old and new in the Electric Vehicle World at the Asheville Outlets.
2023 is the year of the EV!   Many tax credits are in place for the purchase of new EVs and the pool to choose from is getting more diverse.
Come out and take a ride in your favorite electric vehicle.   Experience the thrill of riding an electric bicycle or scooter.
Win an Electric Bike courtesy of Sugar Hollow Solar and Epic Cycles. 
See other personal fun personal electric transportation vehicles. Learn about solar and the expanded solar tax credit.

* Meet Owners and talk to them about their cars and why they made the switch.  Get answers about costs, range, charging ...
* Ride in an EV.
* Meet members of the Blue Ridge EV Club and Tesla Owners of Western North Carolina groups and learn how to get involved.
Electric Vehicles are quieter, quicker, longer lasting and less expensive to operate.
* Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Tesla and EVgo are on the property.

Come out on April 30th, 2023 and join the EV rocket!  Sponsored by:


Registered Attendees

There are currently 221 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 7
Kia EV6 6
Ford Mustang Mach-E 5
Rivian R1T 5
Tesla Model Y 5
Chevrolet Bolt 4
Ford F-150 Lightning 4
Hyundai Ioniq 5 3
Volkswagen ID.4 3
Cadillac ELR 2
Chevrolet Volt 2
Ford Transit Connect Electric 2
Jeep Wrangler 4xe 2
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 2
Polestar 2 2
Tesla Model S 2
Audi Q4 e-tron quattro 1
BMW X5 xDrive45e 1
BMW i3 1
Chevrolet Bolt EUV 1
Chevy Spark EV 1
Fiat 500e 1
Ford C-MAX Energi 1
Harley Davidson LiveWire 1
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 1
Hyundai KONA Electric 1
Jaguar I-Pace 1
MINI Cooper SE Hardtop 2 Door 1
Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4matic 1
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 1
Nissan Ariya 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Rivian R1S 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Subaru Solterra 1
Toyota Plug-in Prius 1
Toyota Prius Prime 1
Volvo C40 Recharge 1
Volvo XC40 Recharge 1
Volvo XC60 AWD PHEV 1
40 Models 80
Vehicle Registered

Registered attendees report 2,139,175 electric miles driven.

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