If you’re in the market for a car — or just curious about what’s new in electric vehicles — you need to know about National Drive Electric Week happening September 15–21. There are 146 events scheduled throughout the week in the U.S., Canada, Italy and The Netherlands, all offering the opportunity to experience a wide range of all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Each event is organized by local EV enthusiasts with support from Plug-In America, a nonprofit that advocates a move toward electric vehicles as a way to reduce our nation’s dependence on oil and improve the environment. The Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are also sponsors.
Some groups are planning parades, others are having tailgate parties, but all will offer the opportunity to learn more about different EV models, local incentives for buying them, EV charging options and more. Think of the time you can save by comparing and test-driving different brands side-by-side rather than trekking to different dealers. That alone is worth seeking out an event.
Search this map to find an event in your area.
Here are some highlights from National Drive Electric Week events planned around the country:
• Stella, the world’s first solar-powered, energy-positive car and winner of last year’s World Solar Challenge, will kick off Drive Electric Week with a visit to Venice, Calif. It will stop in Cupertino, where organizers will make a Guinness World Records attempt for most EVs assembled (500-plus), and culminate the celebration in Capitola. Learn more
• An “EV bloc” of plug-in car drivers will gather at the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21 in New York City. The march is aimed at putting pressure on world leaders to address climate change. Learn more
• 50 EVs in New Hampshire will scale Mount Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak. Learn more
Learn More About Electric Vehicles
If you can’t find an event near you, but you’re interested in electric cars, check out these resources:
How Much Can You Save with an Electric Vehicle?
Top 10 States to Drive Electric
Plug-In America’s Electric Vehicle Tracker
Federal and Local Incentives for Plug-In Hybrids and Electric Cars
Map of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Live in the Stamford, Conn., area?
If you happen live near our headquarters, we’ll be commemorating National Drive Electric Week with an event Thursday, September 18, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Vehicles on display and available for inspection or rides include the BMW I3 and I8, a Fisker Karma, a Porsche Panamera and a Tesla Model S. Space is limited; if you’d like to attend, please call Heide Hart at 203-803-1240.
Help us host more educational events about electric vehicles! Please donate to Sustainable America.