New Albany Bike Rodeo Hosts EV Ride and Drives for Adults…and Kids!

On a beautiful summer morning, Clean Fuels Ohio’s Drive Electric Ohio team gathered in New Albany, Ohio, at the Heit Center for Healthy New Albany to join the community’s Bike Rodeo.

The New Albany Bike Rodeo is an event for families where children can come and get fitted for a free helmet, and learn bike safety tips from New Albany police. Given that this is a well-attended annual community event, Clean Fuels Ohio partnered with the Heit Center to expose event goers to electric vehicles, and provide ride-and-drives.

Vehicles available for test drive included:

  • Nissan LEAF

  • Chevy Volt

  • Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

  • BMW 330e

In addition, several electric vehicles were on display, including:

  • Tesla Model X

  • BMW i3

  • Chevy Volt

Even the kids in attendance got a chance to “test drive” a Tesla, as Tesla brought out mini, branded cars for the kids to drive around the event area.

A particularly curious part of the event occurred when several New Albany firefighters gathered around the Tesla Model X. Upon inquiring about why they had so much interest in this particular vehicle, the chief informed us that they wanted to get a close look at the body and doors for safety and rescue purposes given its unique design.

The event was a big success. Over 30 people volunteered for the ride-and-drive, and dozens more checked out the vehicles on display. A special thanks goes to Midwestern Auto Group for bringing the BMW and Porsche vehicles.

This ride-and-drive event was a part of the Midwest EVOLVE project. The Midwest (EVOLVE) – Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience – project is a partnership between the American Lung Association and eight Midwestern Clean Cities coalitions in seven states. Midwest EVOLVE is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE-EE0007743. The purpose of the project is to educate consumers, as well as public and private fleets, about the performance and environmental advantages of electric vehicles.

By Ellen Eilers
Outreach & Events Manager
Clean Fuels Ohio