Drive Electric Earth Day
Kansas City, MO
Apr 20, 2019
|Day:||Saturday, April 20, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the events page.|
|Location:||Kansas City, MO
Perfect weather made for good crowds for our Earth Day event on the 20th. We enjoyed strong support from the staff at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, part of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which is located immediately south of our energy demonstration house, Project Living Proof, in midtown Kansas City. April 20th was their biggest single event of the year, the Native Plant Sale, which filled their substantial parking lot 30 minutes before the sale began.
We had a total of six cars available for test drives or to just ride along; two Tesla Model 3s, a Tesla S, along with a Chevy Bolt, a Nissan LEAF and a Hyundai Ioniq PHEV. Business was steady from 10:00 to 3:00 on the day of the event, with MEC volunteers and staff directing visitors across the Discovery Center parking lot to visit Project Living Proof. The chance to experience an EV test drive was the first thing visitors saw on arriving at PLP, and steady demand mean that test drives continued for an additional 30 minutes after the official close of the event. Along with MO DNR staff, the Mid-America Electric Automobile Association's members were wonderfully supportive, supplying half of the cars volunteered, with more drivers interested in participating than we had parking spaces available.