[Oeva-list] NDEW Wilsonville Report
garyex1 at msn.com
Mon Sep 21 12:12:35 PDT 2015
We had a fantastic turnout and glorious weather for the event!
The "official" estimates I'm reporting to Plug-in America:
Total number of people who participated in the event, saw the vehicles,
spoke with owners, or watched any event presentations: 500 (we had 196
Number of Plug-in Vehicles at the event: 80
Number of test rides/drives given: 90
I cannot express enough thanks to everyone who turned out to talk about
EV's. Without the massive display of owner EV's, the event would not
have anywhere near the same impact. I believe it could be the largest EV
gathering in ever Oregon?
It's great fun to gather owners together and talk about EV's, but the
main goal of NDEW is to educate the public. I'm very, very happy with
the number of non-owners that came through, talked to owners and
hopefully took advantage of the test drive opportunities.
We had a lot of people genuinely interested in looking at them for
future purchase, and having knowledgeable people to provide information
is the best option. Dealers often suffer from lack of knowledge and have
a different agenda. While owners all love our specific EV, I never once
heard anyone disparage any of the EV's shown.
While the event was a huge success, it wasn't perfect. A few things I
noted (feedback and suggestions are encouraged):
1) I'm good at getting people/cars/dealers to the event, but didn't
delegate enough to make the setup and actual execution of the event run
as smoothly as it could have. Most of following are a result of this.
2) Layout was less than optimal - I knew it was going to be crowded, and
getting tents/cars etc placed was a challenge.
3) Signs - didn't get the directional signs out the way I'd hoped
4) Overlooked anything on-site promoting the test drives - many didn't
know they were available. It was in all the promotional material, on the
web page, in the radio spots - but not at the event. Oops!
5) Lamb's market had a couple of minor complaints. The tents set the way
they were sort of isolated the event from the store and they music was
too soft (they wanted it to be a PARTY!)
We did have several people pre-registered that indicated "Radio" as a
source - so the spots we ran did increase awareness. No way of knowing
exactly how many came as a result.
Will meet with KINK to draw the "Ultimate test drive" winners this week.
Hope you all entered!
Thanks again to all who participated and made the event a huge success!
I will be at the next meeting and look forward to any suggestions
feedback you want to give at that time.
NDEW Wilsonville City Captain
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