It didn’t take long for crowds to gather around the centerpiece of the Earth Day Festival, one that might have left you humming the tune of the 1980’s hit “Electric Slide” – two shiny, fully-electric Tesla vehicles. Curious onlookers circled the cars and peered into each “frunk” – a second trunk space in the front of the vehicle made possible by the absence of an engine.
A white Tesla Model S and red Tesla Model 3 sit in the fairway of the Earth Day Festival, April 21, 2018, in Heathsville VA
Steve Ahart, owner of the red Model 3, exuded the enthusiasm of a kid with a new toy as he explained the many benefits of owning and driving an electric vehicle: “It’s nice to never have to fill up – I just plug in every night at home,” Ahart said. “Even long trips are pretty easy with all the fast-charging stations out there – after a few hours of driving we’re ready to take a break anyway – 15 to 30 minutes and you're back on the road.”
With support from his brothers, Ahart will set out in early May on a record-breaking road trip, the “Longest Journey by Electric Vehicle,” to promote EV awareness and raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of America. Without using a drop of gasoline, Steve and older brother Dave, a baseball enthusiast, intend to visit every major league baseball park in America in less than a month – 30 parks in fewer than 30 days!
Younger brother Mike (NAPS President) is providing technology support by setting up and maintaining the project’s website: www.epicevroadtrip.com. The site features more information about electric vehicles and the Boys and Girls Club; the travel schedule; a daily trivia contest, and more. Follow the brothers from Chicago's Wrigley Field to San Diego’s Petco Park as they raise awareness about electric vehicles and generate support for a great cause.
See related article: NAPS Earth Day Festival Sparks Excitement about the Environment.