Drive Electric Earth Month

Drive Electric Earth Month
Rochester NY Area EV Car Show and Arbor Day Celebration!
Penfield, NY
Apr 20, 2024

Day: Saturday, April 20, 2024 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Location: Penfield Community Center
1985 Baird Rd
Penfield, NY 14526
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2024.

Event Report

On April 20th, the Penfield Community Center hosted the annual Spring Drive Electric Earth Month event. The event was also a combination Arbor Day and Earth Day celebration with the Town of Penfield, with organizations on site to give away native plants and seed packets.

Penfield’s annual event began back in 2012, where the first EV charging station in Monroe County was unveiled. Since its humble beginnings with just a handful of cars, Penfield’s EV car show has grown into a significant display of all things electric, including school buses and the occasional police cruiser. 

There was something for everyone at the event. In total, 65 EV owners registered to showcase their vehicles, which ranged from a vintage Volkswagen Beetle with a converted electric engine, to a variety of models from well-known brands like Tesla, Chevy, and Ford, to the new Fisker Ocean SUV. With almost 2 million vehicle miles driven by registered EV owners at the time of registration, and representatives from groups like the Tesla Owners Club of New York, visitors had access to some of the most knowledgeable members of the local EV community.

In addition, a handful of auto dealers were on-hand to highlight the various EV models available for purchase in the Rochester area. Dealers noted that public sentiment has changed over the years, whereas visitors to past shows were more likely to express concerns or skepticism, now they are more likely to ask questions about selecting the make and model that best suits a customer’s needs. 

Adding to the lineup were electric engines large and small. Industries like landscaping and construction also have a role to play in reducing emissions from the equipment they rely on for daily tasks. Brodner Equipment, which stocks zero emission lawn mowers, leaf blowers and other devices had two autonomous mowers on display (and for test drives!). Brodner currently supplies several public school districts in the County as well as RIT with these lawn robots, which they explain aren’t just for courtyards. Local supplier ADMAR has a wide selection of electric equipment on hand ranging all the way from hand tools to excavators.

Rounding out the wide range of organizations and exhibitors were GreenSpark Solar, Fairport’s RV&E Bike Shop with a selection of climate-friendly e-bikes, the Southeast Area Coalition’s Tool Shed where members can borrow hand and electric-powered tools to get home projects done, and RS Motorsports out of Canandaigua with their fleet of zero emission golf carts.

photo by: Jill Bellenger
A good view of the variety of vehicles at our show

Event Description


We hope to see you at the upcoming Rochester area Drive Electric EV Car Show in Penfield, in combination with the Town of Penfield's Arbor Day and Earth Day celebration!  April 20, 2023 from 10am-2pm rain or shine!

Local Electric Vehicles (BEVs, PHEVs) will be at the event and their owners will share what it's like to drive an EV and answer any related questions.

Register to show your EV and check out EVs from across the region.

photo by: Bob Kanauer

A number of companies and not-for-profit groups/exhibitors will be present. Participants usually include:

Notable vehicles usually include: Village of Perry Police Department Tesla, Penfield Central School District EV School Bus, Monroe County RTS EV Bus, Fairport Electric bucket truck with electric hydraulic power unit, Two VW Bug Conversions, and others.

Rest Rooms available inside the Community Center.  The Community Center Sandwich Counter will be open, offering their standard menu of hot/cold options for sale!

Event will take place rain or shine! Tabling participants will be moved inside to the Community Room in the event of bad weather.
REGISTRATION TABLE AND EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Please RSVP to attend first. Contact event host with questions!

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Registered Attendees

There are currently 137 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 10
Chevrolet Bolt 8
Chevrolet Bolt EUV 4
Kia EV6 4
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 4
Kia Niro Electric 3
Tesla Model Y 3
Ford F-150 Lightning 2
Ford Mustang Mach-E 2
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 2
Hyundai KONA Electric 2
Volkswagen ID.4 2
BMW i3 1
BMW i3 REx 1
Chevrolet Volt 1
Fisker Ocean 1
Genesis GV60 1
Hyundai Ioniq 5 1
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid 1
Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 1
Nissan Ariya 1
Other Plug-In Vehicle 1
Polestar 2 1
Subaru Solterra 1
Tesla Model S 1
Tesla Model X 1
Toyota Prius Prime 1
Toyota RAV4 Prime 4WD/AWD 1
Volkswagen e-Golf 1
Volvo C40 Recharge 1
Volvo XC40 Recharge 1
31 Models 65
Vehicle Registered

Registered attendees report 1,911,991 electric miles driven.

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