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DRIVE Electric: Three Rivers Tribes Chapter Kickoff (Part 1)
Fort McDowell, AZ
Apr 06, 2024

Day: Saturday, April 6, 2024 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 am MST
Location: We-Ko-Pa Resort
10438 WeKoPa Way
Lot BB
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2024.

Event Report

DRIVE Electric Arizona launched its first new chapter since its inception, "Three Rivers Tribes", at this D.E.E.M. event. Fort McDowell was the first stop in a traveling display, moving on to Scottsdale and Chandler for the second and third stops.

Hans Klose, Plug In America board member, is chapter president and a member of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community.

At this event were 25 EV's, representing 18 different models of electric vehicles, from Chevrolet Bolts to models from Cadillac and Lucid, as well as an all-electric "Zero" Motorcycle.

Tonya Glass, Fleet Manager from the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, brought an SRP-MIC wrapped Mustang Mach-e. We also had special out-of-state guests, including Grace McGinnis from the Department of Energy in Washington, DC, and Jonathan Overly, Program Manager of DRIVE Electric USA, from Knoxville, TN.

A huge THANK YOU to our event sponsor, Salt River Project (SRP), for providing food, refreshments and on-site support during each leg of the event. We are grateful for SRP's unwavering support of the tribal communities around Phoenix.

photo by: DRIVE Electric Arizona
A sprawling display of EVs and volunteers!

Event Description


DRIVE Electric Arizona: Three Rivers Tribes Chapter Kickoff, a first-of-its kind multi-pronged electric vehicle car show presented at the three American Indian Communities who make up the Three Rivers Tribes chapter of DRIVE Electric Arizona.

Please join DRIVE Electric Arizona: Three Rivers Tribes President, Hans Klose, as we celebrate the formation of our newest chapter, Three Rivers Tribes. This chapter serves three local American Indian Communities: Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and the Gila River Indian Community, while paying homage to the three rivers that flow through their communities: the Verde River, the Salt River, and the Gila River, respectively.

The day-long event kicks off at We-Ko-Pa in Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation from 8:00 AM from to 9:30 AM.

Breakfast will be hosted by event sponsor SRP (Salt River Project).

This is an excellent opportunity to see various electric vehicles and to learn about EVs from experienced owners.

We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

10438 WeKoPa Way

Lot BB

Fort McDowell, AZ 85264

Just 2 miles north of Shea Blvd on Hwy 87 (Beeline Hwy)

The Fort McDowell Yavapai, the “Abaja” – “the people” are one of three Yavapai tribes in Arizona. The Yavapai are among the Yuman-speaking peoples, which also include the Hualapai, Havasupai, Kumeyaay, Pai Pai, Cocopah and other Southwestern tribes. Their people have lived and worked in Central Arizona for thousands of years.

At 9:30am, we depart for Talking Stick Resort on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, about a 20-minute drive, where the second part of our event begins at 10am.

THREE PARTS! Please register for each event (or ALL 3!)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Registered Attendees

There are currently 31 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Ford F-150 Lightning 2
Rivian R1T 2
Tesla Model 3 2
BMW i4 1
Cadillac LYRIQ 1
Chevrolet Bolt EUV 1
Ford Mustang Mach-E 1
Hyundai Ioniq 5 1
Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid 1
Nissan Ariya 1
Rivian R1S 1
Tesla Model S 1
Tesla Model X 1
Tesla Model Y 1
14 Models 17

Registered attendees report 431,838 electric miles driven.

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