National Drive Electric Week Recap - It's Electrifying!

    National Drive Electric Week has come and gone once again, and this year’s iteration was, simply put, electrifying! The Louisiana Clean Fuels staff found ourselves at three amazing NDEW events over the course of the week, and we had a fantastic time test driving EVs and speaking with the public about how amazing driving electric can be!

    We kicked off the week on Saturday, September 14th with SWEPCO at their NDEW event in Shreveport. Ann showed off her new Tesla Model S while Tyler showed off his plug-in hybrid electric Honda Clarity, and we had a great time surveying attendees about their thoughts on electric vehicles. Representatives from Audi Shreveport brought along an Audi e-Tron for attendees to view and test drive, and Tyler was even able to take this luxury electric vehicle for a spin. The event also featured a Jaguar I-PACE and a BMW i3, along with a hybrid Ford Fusion that stopped by for a spell. Attendees and participants beat the heat by test driving and riding these amazing EVs, and everyone seemed to have a great time learning about electric vehicles. The SWEPCO team did a fantastic job organizing this event, and it was awesome getting to meet up with them to talk about and promote EVs!

    That same evening, one of our interns, Jacob, attended a NDEW event hosted by the Lafayette Main Public Library. Jeff LeBlanc with Bayou Electric Vehicles, a group of EV enthusiasts who promote the benefits of electric vehicles in Acadiana, organized an impressive showing of cars including several Teslas, a Jaguar I-PACE, a Chevy Volt, and a VW e-Golf. EV owners swapped tips on which wheel covers worked better or how to get those few extra miles out of a single charge. We all listened in awe as one owner told us about his carefully-planned, cross-country trip back home to Louisiana after purchasing his VW e-Golf. Those who experienced the Tesla Model 3 P’s dual-motor 450hp returned with even more questions like, “How does a car go that fast?” or “Where can I buy one?

    For our NDEW finale, we found our way back to the greater Baton Rouge area to host our final event at Tanger Outlet Mall in Gonzales. This event featured an electric vehicle showcase of over 20 vehicles along with representatives from Entergy eTech, the Commuter Krewe, Paretti Jaguar and Land Rover of Baton Rouge, and Tesla who came out to show their support for NDEW. Over 100 people found their way through our showcase, asking questions about EVs and expressing their appreciation for the vehicles on display.

    Eddy and Robert of Paretti Jaguar and Land Rover of Baton Rouge were kind enough to bring out their impressive Jaguar I-PACE – which won 2019 World Car of the Year, 2019 World Car Design of the Year, and 2019 World Green Car at the World Car Awards this year – to show off to attendees and EV owners alike, and Entergy e-Tech brought along their Chevy Volt with its Entergy wrap. The Commuter Krewe brought along a game for the kids to play and did a drawing for a gift card to Main Event in Baton Rouge for attendees who signed up for their ride-share program.

    Attendees were able to walk along the line of EVs, talking to owners and asking questions about the specific vehicles. Tyler was able to sooth some range anxiety for a woman who commutes regularly to Shreveport. After speaking with him at the event, she told us, “I’m going to Shreveport to buy an electric vehicle, and I want them to know you sent me!” The various Teslas on display seemed to be a big hit with some boys who visited the event after a sporting event. “I want one!” one boy said while climbing out of Ann’s Tesla; Tyler echoed, “Me too!”

    We at LCF had a great time spreading the word about electric vehicles during #NDEW2019, and we can’t wait to make next year’s National Drive Electric Week even better! Thanks so much to everyone who helped to put on these events or who came out to show their support!

    This year's National Drive Electric Week events were organized in conjunction with our Louisiana Electric Vehicle Roadshow, which we're hosting in along with the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership.

    If you missed the fun and don’t want to wait until next year’s NDEW, the EV Roadshow continues on October 10th when LCF and SLCFP are coming together for our Clean Fuels Summit at NOLA Motorsports Park! In addition to featuring updates on the latest innovative clean fleet technologies and products from alternative fuel leaders, this event also features an exclusive Ride & Drive on the NOLA Motorsports Track! Learn more and register at!

    Check out our photo galleries to see more pictures from our 2019 NDEW events:

    NDEW Gonzales Photos NDEW Shreveport and Lafayette Photos

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