2019 was an exciting year for Forth’s Ride and Drive program! The team facilitated more Ride and Drives than ever before and provided over 500 people an electric vehicle experience.
Our program does outreach throughout the Pacific Northwest with destinations ranging from Bellingham, Washington to Crescent City, California. Our team worked with some amazing organizations and met thousands of wonderful test drivers. Along the way, we engaged with 2,237 people and provided 362 electric test drives, 271 electric test rides and displayed over 20 models of electric vehicles.
Forth completed over 30 ride and drives this year, working with over 25 unique communities and over 30 different dealerships throughout the Pacific Northwest. We partnered with over 25 professional organizations and more than 10 community-based organizations, tailoring our message and outreach in each community to help expand transportation electrification into broader audiences and to be as inclusive as possible.
In 2019 our Ride and Drive Program focused on adding events that created opportunities to engage with rural communities. Bringing electric vehicles to communities that have limited exposure to the vehicles and technology is ultimately better for seeding the concept of electrification, encouraging additional infrastructure and engaging new stakeholders.
National Drive Electric Week was our team’s biggest challenge this year, but it was also the most rewarding. Forth attended 7 NDEW events and at each of these events our team witnessed incredible amounts of electric vehicle enthusiasm. Seeing ecstatic EV owners sharing their EV story with curious community members was inspiring to say the least.
Here’s a huge thank you to all the amazing people that came out and made our Ride and Drive program a success and lots of fun! Looking forward to 2020, Forth will continue to host Ride and Drives to bring these events to even more communities than we did this year.
See you soon at our next ride and drive near you!