Somers Drive Electric Parade and EV Rally

265 Field Road, Somers, CT 06072

About Our Event

We so so excited! After our successful dedication of Somers’ first public electric vehicle charging stations, we are pleased to host the National Drive Electric Week in Somers. This year’s showcase has two ways to participate. An electric car showcase in the Four Town Fair Parade and a Electric Vehicle Rally along the parade route, near the Four Town Fairgrounds.

We encourage everyone to sign up regardless if you are bringing a plug-in vehicle, participating the parade or simply interested in electric vehicles. Don’t miss this opportunity to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle from Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan, or Tesla to see just how fun, fast, quiet and environmentally friendly they really are. Before you shop for a new or used car talk to the owners of plug-in vehicles to get all the facts.

-- The Congregational Church of Somersville, United Church of Christ (UCC)

There are two ways to participate in this year's National Drive Electric event in Somers:

Somers Four Town Fair Parade
We will be showcasing our EV’s in the Somers Four Town Fair Parade which attracts more than one-thousand spectators from Somers, Ellington, East Windsor, Enfield and surrounding areas. We will have parade marchers who will be passing out goodies with QR codes that direct folks to resources on Electric Vehicles and to our rally down the street. If you wish to have your vehicle present in the parade, please contact us using the information provided below and indicate you would like to participate in the parade portion of our event. All parade participants will receive free admission into the Four Town Fair. Be sure to get your hand stamped by a parade offical prior to the start of the parade. As of Sunday, September 11th, parade officials indicate that  EV parade participants should meet in the rear parking lot of the Somers Congregational Church located at: 599 Main St, Somers, CT no later then 9:00AM. Click on the map below for route information.   

Electric Vehicle Rally
We will also feature an Electric Vehicle Rally featuring a number of electric vehicles to test drive from dealers such as Central Chevrolet of Springfield, MA, Decormier Nissan of Manchester, CT as well as private owners.  Representatives from Solar City will also be available where you can find out more about clean ways to charge your vehicle and power your home or business.

Fair Parade 3 Hours
  • 8:30 am - 9 am - Parade Load-In

    Parade officials confirm that our group will assemble in the Somers Congegational Church Rear parking lot. Once you arrive, a parade organizer will direct you to our staging area. Please arrive before 9AM.

  • 10:00 am - Parade Launch

    The parade starts at the intersection of Main St. (Rt. 190) and South Rd. (Rt 83) and proceeds down Field Road to the Four Town Fairgrounds.

  • 11:00 am - EV Rally Load-In

    EV Rally participants split from the parade and join the EV Rally.

Electric Vehicle Rally 4 Hours
  • 8:00 am - 9:30 am - EV Rally Setup

    EV drivers not particpating in the Four Town Parade can join those directly at our Rally in the Conval parking lot at 265 Field Road Somers, CT. We have cooridinated these times with the Somers police who will close the road at 9:30AM to allow runners from the Somers Great Escape 5K to pass by.

  • 11:00 am - EV Rally Begins

    Parade participants arrive at the rally site. Ride and drives will be offered.

  • 2:00 pm - EV Rally Concludes

    Participants are welcome to stay and enjoy the Four Town Fair.

 

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Featured Electric Vehicles at our Event

See these Electric Cars at our Electric Vehicle Rally near the End of the parade route.

See a variety of electric cars ranging from the very premium to those that can now be purchased on the used market for about $10,000. In all cases, they are quiet, quick, comfortable and responsible environmental choices.

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The Tesla Model S is a bright vision of a practical and desirable all-electric sedan. Tesla set a big goal for itself: to deliver not just a great EV, but one of the world's best luxury sedans. Mission accomplished. Source: plugincars.com
Tesla Model S

One Vehicle - Ride and Drives Available

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First introduced in 2011, this four-seat range extended electric (or Plugin Series Hybrid) hatchback can travel about 40 miles soley on battery power, after which a four-cylinder gasoline engine generates electricity that extends the car's range to 300 miles. The Volt remains the worlds top selling plug-in hybrid.
Chevrolet Volt - Generation One

Four Vehicles - Ride and Drives Available

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The 2016 Chevy Volt ushers in the second generation of the world’s most popular plug-in hybrid. While the first-generation model was designed to attract early adopters, the second generation has more all-electric range; it's faster; and its design is more pleasant. Source: plugincars.com.
Chevrolet Volt - Generation Two

Two Vehicles - One for Ride and Drives

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The Nissan LEAF is by far the most popular EV in the world. It is a well-equipped, all-electric hatchback that seats five adults and can travel up to 107 miles on a single charge. The LEAF is available to test-drive and purchase at Nissan dealerships throughout the United States. Source: plugincars.com
Nissan LEAF

Two Vehicles - One for Ride and Drives

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The Volkswagen E-Golf is the company’s first all-electric car. It maintains the spirited driving experience of internal combustion versions of the Golf—one of the most popular small cars in the world. The VW E-Golf is arguably the best handling car among small affordable EVs. Source: plugincars.com
Volkswagen e-Golf

One Vehicle - No Ride and Drives

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Hyundai-Kia arrived late to the EV party. But it appears that Kia made a careful study of the competition, and loaded its Soul EV with smart features for electric car drivers. For starters, it offers 93 miles of real-world range. Source: plugincars.com
KIA Soul EV

One Vehicle - Ride and Drives Available

Partners and Sponsors

Our Esteemed Sponsors and Partners for this event

AWe offer our sincere gratitude to Conval Inc., 265 Field Road, Somers, CT, for hosting our EV Rally on their grounds. We also thank our exhibitor partners: Central Chevrolet of West Springfield, MA, De Cormier Nissan of Manchester, CT and SolarCity of Northern CT.

FAQ

Generic Questions About This Event

People who wish to march or drive in the National Drive Electric Week section of the Somers Four Town Parade should go directly to the parade staging area no later then 9:00AM. Folks who arrive later then 9AM run the risk of being blocked by other parade floats and other large displays being staged on Main Street and may not be permitted to our area. As of Sunday, September 11th, parade officials indicate that EV parade participants should meet in the parking lot of the Somers Congregational Church located at: 599 Main Street in Somers. Click on the route map above for route information.

As of Sunday, September 11th, parade officials indicate that EV parade participants should meet in the parking lot of the Somers Congregational Church located at: 599 Main Street in Somers. We will update this site, and contact participants via email and text (for those who provided cell phone numbers) with updated information during the course of the week. Please arrive no later than 9AM.

Dealers and exhibitors are encouraged to setup their tents, display booths, and demos prior to the prarde. If you plan on joining the parade, please make plans for setup prior to 8:30 am. This will allow ample time to travel to the staging area of the parade route. Someone will be located onsite to ensure your vehicles and display products will be will be safe.

If you arrive early, there will be ample parking located around the Rally location to park. Because the parade and accompaning fair draws thousands of people it is best to arrive early (prior to 8:00 am) to get a spot near the rally. If you arrive later then 9:30 am, plan to do a good amount of walking, as you will be parking some distance away.

No. Placards will be handed out at the rslly site indicating which cars will be available for ride and drives. Simply tell us your preference and we will give you the appropriate placard.

Because our rally is being held during the lunch hour, the Congregational Church will provide pizza and soft drinks to registered EV rally participants at no charge.

While Conval Incorporated is very gracious by providing space for our rally, their production facility and offices will not be open so no restrooms will be avaialble. EV rally participants who marched in the parade and received a hand stamp to enter the fairgrounds may use the public restrooms at the Four Town Fair. Others can use restrooms at local businesses.

While we would prefer people register in advance, you may simply join us the day of our event. Please introduce yourself, and if you're comfortable, provide your contact and vehicle information.

Electric Vehicle Rally

Our Electric Vehicle Rally is located on the corner of Field and Billings Road in Somers. Simply look for the National Drive Electric Week sinage.

EV Rally Location

  • Visit Us
    265 Field Road
    Somers, CT 06072
    USA
  • Call Us
    (860) 749-7741
  • Email Us
    somcong@aol.com

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