First Look: Mote celebrates National Drive Electric Week by hosting “Electrify the Island” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12

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By: Carole Kay

Celebrating the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week, the Mote will be hosting its third annual display of electric vehicles and other eco-friendly technologies on Saturday, September 12th. The free event called Electrify The Island will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium on City Island, Sarasota.

Nineteen vehicles from 12 manufacturers will be showcased, including cars from BMW of Sarasota, and Sunset Chevrolet, Buick, GMC. Featured at the event will be a plug-in electric vehicle (EV) expo, and ride and drive sessions that will allow visitors to test drive vehicles. At 11 a.m. a panel discussion entitled “EV 101” will allow EV owners, the public and representatives of Florida Power and Light to discuss EV basics, and at 1 p.m. there will be a forum about multi-unit dwellings discussing the challenges faced by condo residents who own EVs.

For those who have always wondered what it would be like to drive an electric vehicle and to have the opportunity to compare the features of various vehicles on site, come and enjoy the experience at “Electrify The Island” at the Mote!

 

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A Tesla Signature Performance 85 Model S owned by Larry Chanin, President of Florida Tesla Enthusiasts, at the 2013 Electrify the Island event. Photo courtesy of Bob Hodgen.


Mote will celebrate National Drive Electric Week by hosting “Electrify the Island” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Electrify the Island will feature a plug-in electric vehicle (EV) expo, ride-and-drive sessions that allow visitors to test some of the sleekest EVs around, workshop presentations on EV-101 and EV Charging in Multi-Unit Dwellings, along with vendors focused on sustainability and energy efficiency and educational booths.


 

Sept. 12: Mote celebrates National Drive Electric Week with “Electrify the Island”

Electric vehicles and other eco-friendly technologies will show their power during “Electrify the Island”: the Sarasota-based kickoff event for the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week, which will feature more local events than ever this year: 170 events in 165 cities coast-to-coast.

Mote’s free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, on the grounds of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium on City Island, Sarasota.

Mote is a world-class marine science and education institution that launched a Sustainable Energy Initiative in 2012 to enhance the Lab’s environmentally sound practices including using solar power, electric car chargers and other eco-friendly technologies and practices to conserve energy, water and other natural resources.

Electrify the Island will feature a plug-in electric vehicle (EV) expo, ride-and-drive sessions that allow visitors to test some of the sleekest EVs around including cars from BMW of Sarasota and Sunset Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, along with vendors focused on sustainability and energy efficiency and educational booths provided by Andrews & Associates Realty, Inc., Freedom 4 Electric Bike Company; Region Solar, Sarasota County, City of Sarasota and others.

BMW of Sarasota will display the BMW i8, the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car. Guests are welcome to speak to BMW of Sarasota representatives about the efficiency and dynamics of the BMW i8, which will be at the event on display only.

The event will feature two forums that are free to the public. At 11 a.m., a panel discussion titled “EV 101” will allow EV owners, representatives from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and the public to discuss EV essentials. At 1 p.m., join a forum about multi-unit dwellings and discuss the challenges faced by condo residents who own EVs. At noon, city and county officials will read proclamations honoring Electrify the Island and National Drive Electric Week.

Mote Aquarium admission is not required to attend Electrify the Island. However, it’s a great day to visit: Mote’s admission is reduced to $6 for Florida residents every Saturday in September 2015.

The 2015 Electrify the Island is made possible by the following sponsors: Florida Power & Light Company; BMW of Sarasota; Brilliant Harvest, LLC; Sunset Chevrolet, Buick, GMC; Gettel Nissan; Sarasota Ford; Apollo Sunguard Systems, Inc.; and Willis A. Smith Construction.

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