Electric Car Show
FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 14, 2019) – In celebration of National Drive Electric Week, Edison and Ford Winter Estates is hosting a free electric car show on September 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Owners of electric vehicles will be on hand to answer questions and give rides to visitors. The event will take place in the estates overflow parking lots on Larchmont Avenue.
National Drive Electric Week (September 14-22) is presented by Plug in America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association to raise
Thomas Edison standing next to a Detroit Electric car in 1913.
awareness of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits, such as reduced emissions with less impact on the environment than gasoline-powered vehicles.
More than 100 years ago, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford worked together to design an electric vehicle. That project faltered due to the creation of an electric starter for gasoline vehicles, along with inexpensive, reliable gas-driven internal combustion engines. In addition, Edison’s batteries had a limited range, were expensive and unlike today, drivers did not have access to charging stations.
Of the 1,093 patents Edison held, several related to the electric car. In 1889, Edison’s electric vehicle (runabout) was produced. In 1890, he patented the means for propelling electric cars and his driving mechanism for cars was patented in 1892. The Alkaline battery was initially designed with the thought of powering an electric vehicle, but it was used for a multitude of other things and became Edison’s most profitable invention. He received a patent for his automobile electric system in 1916.
The event is free (does not include admission to the museum, laboratory or tours of the homes). Visitors can learn more about Edison and his inventions inside the 15,000-square-foot museum. Coupons for $5 off admission to Edison and Ford Winter Estates will be available for anyone attending the event. Visit our visitor information page for additional information about the historic site.
Ford Mustang Show
Owners of Ford Mustangs will be exhibiting their cars on Henry Ford’s lawn, along the Caloosahatchee River. The Mustang has been popular ever since it debuted in 1964; in two years, more than one million mustangs were sold.
The deadline to pre-register is February 27. Pre-registration is $15 for one car and $5 for each additional car. This includes admission into Edison Ford for the registered participant and one passenger.
Register your car using the link below, or for any questions regarding car registration, email Leeanne Criswell at email@example.com.
Annual Antique Car Show
Registration for exhibitors is now closed. New car registrations will NOT be taken at the gate.
Thank you for your consideration.
The largest of all Edison Ford car shows, this one will feature more than 100 antique cars from local car clubs and classic car owners. The cars will exhibit on Henry Ford’s lawn, along the Caloosahatchee River. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone. Car owners will be on hand to answer questions about their cars, a DJ will provide entertainment and food will be available for purchase. Come on out and see the antique cars, get something to eat, enjoy some great music – and see what’s new in the museum and gardens! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the restoration of the antique car collection at Edison Ford.
The deadline for car owners to pre-register is January 30. Registration is $20 for one car and $10 for each additional car. This includes admission into Edison Ford for the registered participant and one passenger.