By Randy Bryan
2017 Drive Electric Week at Red Hook Brewery. Courtesy photo.
Three NH towns hosted National Drive Electric Week events last week, plus a combined NH-VT event held in VT and a spin-off event in the Seacoast. These were organized by local electric vehicles supporters, with Drive Electric NH offering some coordinating help. Records were set this year in the number of events, number of vehicles, and crowds. Each event had over 25 e-cars and at least 4 local dealerships, plus e-bikes and solar companies. The visiting crowds were ever larger and more interested. NH is honored to have Governor Sununu proclaim NH Drive Electric Week for the state.
Concord – Sat 9th Sept. Concord held its 6th annual Drive Electric event on Main St in front of the Statehouse, next to the Farmer’s Market. Sponsors NH Sierra Club, NH Division of Environment Services, NH Auto Dealer Assn, and ConVerdant Vehicles did the organizing. Great Job!
Upper Valley – NH/VT.. – Sept 9th, White River Junction VT hosted the VT-NH Upper Valley Drive Electric Event at the Dothan Brook School, with great attendance of e-cars and visitors from NH and VT. Kudos to Vital Communities, Upper Valley Sierra Club, NH and VT Town Energy Committees and their sponsors!
Plymouth – Thurs 14th Sept. For Plymouth’s 1st annual event, they started off well. Kudos to the local Sponsors/organizers New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and Common Man Inn and Spa.
Durham – Sat 16th Sept. It was Durham’s 3rd annual event, sharing Wagon Hill Farm with the Durham Days Fair. Congratulations to Charlie Forcey and the Durham Energy Committee as the local organizers.
Newington/Portsmouth – Sat 16 Sept. A new spin-off of the Durham event was held at the Red Hook Brewery to facilitate ride-drives. As organized by James Penfold, a caravan of EVs from the Durham event drove to the Brewery and set up for a 2nd show.
Looking forward, Drive Electric NH hopes to help stage more events like these, at more locations, throughout the year.