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September 2023

Recharge Winona EV Test Drive & Expo Was a Huge Success!

The weather was gorgeous, the foot traffic was plentiful, and the atmosphere was fun and electric! On Saturday, September 16, approximately 300 attendees visited the Winona State University campus to see EVs, e-bikes, e-scooters, and exhibitors from across the sustainability field. Many attendees came upon the event serendipitously, just being out and about in Winona that morning. 

Men looking in the trunk of a Toyota BZ4X EV

Representatives from Dahl Toyota showing the BZ4X before taking it out on a test drive

With 7 vehicles available to test drive and 2 more as ride alongs, we were able to complete more than 60 ride and drive experiences over the course of the four hours! Attendees expressed their enjoyment of the whole event, noting how fun it was to drive the cars. Adventure Cycle and Ski had four e-bikes available to ride and counted 125 rides on those, while the Bird scooters rep was equally busy throughout the day.

People walking in parking lot looking at EVs, e-scooters, and e-bikes

Attendees enjoyed talking with EV owners, taking test drives, and trying out e-bikes and e-scooters

One of the most notable aspects of the event was the closeness of the community. Attendees, exhibitors, and volunteers alike greeted each other with smiles, waves and hugs. We heard conversations about how people were neighbors or knew each other from church or whose kids were on teams together. It was absolutely wonderful to see how connected the Winona community is.

The success of the event can be attributed to the dedication of the steering committee, who championed the event across town. Many thanks go out to the City of Winona and Visit Winona, as well as to Winona State University for hosting, and to energy partners MiEnergy Cooperative, Champion Solar and Xcel Energy

Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) Hosts the Mass Black Expo

Runs October 6-8 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

One of our core values at Recharge America is that people of all backgrounds should have access to the innovations and emerging technologies that make the world more sustainable and more livable. BECMA is one of our newest Participants in Massachusetts, and they’re already a key partner in helping us extend our work into communities of color. BECMA’s mission of closing the racial wealth gap in the Bay State directs their programming, and the Mass Black Expo (MBE) is one of their signature programs. Christopher Sonnie, Jr., BECMA’s Membership Coordinator, talked with us about what the MBE is and what they hope to accomplish with it. 


  1. Logo for Mass Black Expo: Building Black Wealth

    Register to attend or exhibit at

    Why does the Mass Black Expo exist?
    The Mass Black Expo offers a unique platform where Black entrepreneurs, Black professionals, and Black-owned businesses can collaborate alongside ally organizations. Together, they can join forces to not only bridge the racial wealth gap but also to cultivate and perpetuate Black prosperity. This event serves as a momentous occasion for the residents of the Commonwealth to gather and exchange innovative concepts, working collectively towards the realization of a more dynamic, inclusive, and fair economy.

  2. What positives have come out of the MBE in the past few years?
    The Mass Black Expo held last year drew in an impressive crowd of more than 2,000 attendees, featured an extensive showcase of over 100 exhibitors, and offered a comprehensive program of 30 workshops. This collective gathering provided an unforgettable and profoundly enriching experience for all involved.

  3. Who should attend? What will they get out of it?
    The Mass Black Expo is an inclusive event that welcomes a diverse spectrum of attendees, ranging from college students to young professionals and seasoned executives. This year’s theme, “Building Black Wealth in The Commonwealth,” promises engaging discussions, valuable networking opportunities, and a profound exploration of strategies to foster a more equitable and prosperous economy. It’s an event that holds something meaningful for everyone, making it a must-attend gathering.

  4. What’s new for 2023?
    2023 holds an array of exciting developments in store for us! Anticipate our upcoming expo, which is poised to be BECMA’s most monumental endeavor yet. What sets this year apart are three remarkable additions: the EV Kickstarter Test Drive, the Career Connect Forum, and the immersive Climate and Sustainability Experience.

  5. What are you, personally, most excited about this year?
    I’m personally excited about the EV Kickstarter Test Drive! This exceptional opportunity allows attendees to get behind the wheel of a variety of electric vehicles. Our goal is to equip the Commonwealth for the forthcoming shift towards electric mobility. And who knows, there might even be a Model 3 in the lineup!

Chris concluded by saying, “There’s so much more that we can’t talk about yet. We’re slowly releasing more information in the coming weeks. If anyone is interested in attending or learning more, they can visit” And if you attend, be sure to stop by the Recharge America table in the sustainability hall to say hello!