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National Drive Electric Week 2019

Our 5th annual EV EXPO will happen in September at OHCHS, as part of the National Drive Electric Week, to raise awareness about the vast amount of new technology and increasing opportunities surrounding the innovative and adaptable electric vehicle.

Own an EV?


Interested in becoming a part of this event?


Click the banner above to contact us, call 207-739-2101, or stop in at CEBE Monday through Friday 10am–4pm for more information.


We are also in need of food vendors and volunteers.


 Donations are greatly appreciated, as they make projects like these possible. Thank you!


3rd Annual


"Until we see every car in the world being electric, we will not stop."

—Elon Musk, Tesla


September,2019 @ OHCHS from 12–4pm

Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School


The Center for an Ecology-Based Economy will host the annual Electric Vehicle Expo. National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have successfully done so.


TEST DRIVE new electric vehicles from dealerships around Maine


TEST RIDE electric-assist bicycles from Green Machine Bike Shop and more


FREE Pizza of handcrafted, fresh dough, artisan pizza from Riverside Lodge & Cafe with every TEST DRIVE & RIDE you take


KEY NOTE speakers at Barry Woods from ReVision Maine and Sophie Janeway from the Natural Resources Council of Maine


EVs 101 Presentation by Paris Autobarn


Informational booths from Garbo+Kane Solar, 350 Maine, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Council of Maine, CEBE, ReVision Energy, Green Machine Bike Shop


RAFFLES throughout the EV Expo for great prizes including FREE oil change and inspections at Paris Autobarn, solar site visit, CEBE tees and caps, one whole Riverside Lodge Artisan Pizza, and a 50/50


• Silent & Live AUCTION for Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 winter tires worth up to $2000 from Paris Autobarn



If you're a organization, dealership, bike shop, food vendor or would like to be a volunteer, please contact us at 207-739-2101 or via email.


Directions to EV Expo
OHCHS is at 256 Main Street, South Paris and the EV Expo will be in the parking lot closest to University College at Norway/South Paris.




Test drives and ride-alongs in electric vehicles of all types:

  • VW eGolf
  • Chevy Bolt EV
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Tesla Model X & S
  • Volvo XC90 T8
  • Ford Fusion Energi
  • Sonders Electric Fat Tire Bike
  • Felt Lebowske Electric Fat Bike
  • Prodecotech Phantom XR v5 Electric Bike
  • ... and more!

EV Car Show

Bring your electric vehicle and compete with other attendees for awards in categories such as "most electric miles driven" and "best of show." There will be plenty of time to show off your rig and get to know fellow EV enthusiasts.


Electric Car & Bike Dealers

Please let us know if you would like to showcase your vehicles and have a booth at the EV Expo.


Food Vendors

Riverside Lodge Café & Pub in Paris will be firing up handcrafted pizzas with fresh dough at the EV Expo. These are artisan pizzas baked fresh from the oven during the Expo. Test drivers will receive one slice for each drive and ride. Jen and Jack will also have frresh fruit hand pies, muffins, scones, fresh


Electric doesn't mean slow!

Wayne Krauth of Steep Falls, Maine races an electric car that he's dubbed Snake Oil. The stylish green machine is a kit car replica of a 1965 AC Cobra, which can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in an astonishing 3.3 seconds. Wayne is a member of the National Electric Drag Racing Association, and holds a world record for electric drag racing. He attended the EV Expo with Snake Oil in 2016 and will be here in 2017. If you didn't catch Wayne when he raced at Oxford Plains Speedway, stop by the EV Expo and you may get a chance to experience the power of Snake Oil for yourself—from the passenger's seat, of course.



In the News…

Getting a tank of sunshine … at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School

Novel solar tracker in South Paris will fuel electric cars – and hopes for inspiring students

Maine and Quebec to develop electric car charging network

Electric Vehicle Expo may come to Paris

Electric Vehicle Expo Planned for September 10th in Paris

Community Article features the Expo in the Bangor Daily News

Green Car Reports on National Drive Electric Week


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 2017

For 2017 we have been able to step up our game with solar panels on a tracker that moves with the sun to get the highest efficiency to power three EV charging stations at the high school, right in the middle of our community between Norway and South Paris. Thank you to so many people that volunteered their energy, expertise and donated funds to the project including Tony Giambro, John Cates, and Travis Ritchie at Paris Autobarn; Adam Baril and Guy Merrill from Electrical Solutions in Auburn for running the electrical and donating time with the boom truck; to Fred Garbo and Shawn Kane of Garbo-Kane Solar for installing the solar tracker; to Rusty Partridge of Black Dog Timberworks; to Jason Shiers and team for doing the excavation work;  to Scott Vlaun for working out the details; to Darryl Collins and Jasper Vlaun for helping with the installation; to Rick Colpitts and the rest of the Oxford Hill's MSAD17 School Board for graciously receiving the gift and working with everyone on logistics; and to the Towns of Norway and South Paris for their support.


In 2016 a brand new charger was installed courtesy of the Town of Paris, The Center for an Ecology-Based Economy, Barry Woods of Electric Mobility NE, Garbo-Kane Solar, and Paris Autobarn. It's completely free to use and is conveniently located on the side of the Paris Police Department.


In 2014–15 the first municipal EV Charging Station in the State was installed at the Longley Square thanks to a donation to CEBE from ReVision Energy. The Town of Norway's Dennis Yates completed the installation and Fred Garbo took care of the signage and so much more.


#EVMaine @ecologybased

Fred Garbo's Nissan Leaf and solar tracker, Norway, Maine

EV Charging Station at Paris Autobarn in South Paris, Maine

EV Charging Station at Bessey Motors in South Paris, Maine

EV Charging Station at Goodwin Chevrolet in Oxford, Maine

New EV Charging Station coming to the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School

EV Charging Station at Longley Park in Norway, Maine

EV Charging Station at South Paris Police Department

Brian Kent

Carbon Negative Road Trip


Brian took his 100% electric Nissan Leaf on the ultimate road trip and toured all the lower 48 states, planting trees along the way. He traveled over 43,000 miles over the course of about 8 months, in a car with about an 80 mile range. He even stopped to charge in South Paris, at Paris Autobarn!


Please contact us if you would like to showcase your electric vehicle or related product, or if you would like to speak at our event. We are also looking for some food vendors to attend.


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