National Drive Electric Week Set New Records

OCT 4 2015 BY MARK KANE 4

Houston, TX - Jim Williams, Deirdre Douglass, Adam Clark, Melissa Schmidt, John and Jerry Zootek, Aaron and Jen Delen (Jen is in the frunk) :) (Photo Credit: Kevin Douglass HEAA)

Houston, TX – Jim Williams, Deirdre Douglass, Adam Clark, Melissa Schmidt, John and Jerry Zootek, Aaron and Jen Delen (Jen is in the frunk) 🙂 (Photo Credit: Kevin Douglass HEAA)

2015 National Drive Electric Week, held from Sept. 12 to 20, turned out to be another success with record attendance.

The number of attendees grew by a third from 95,000 one year ago to over 130,000. The number of events/cities grew too.


Breaking its own record again, National Drive Electric Week 2015 tallied 196 events in 187 cities this year with more than 130,000 people attending events coast-to-coast across the U.S. and Canada, in Hong Kong and New Zealand.


National Drive Electric Week, derived from National Plug In Day, launched in 2011 in 29 cities.

2016 LEAFs and the Chevy Bolt EV concept debuted on the the West Coast, but the true value was presence of all kinds of electric cars, conversions and other electric vehicles.

Separately, places like Hong Kong took up the event for the first time.  Of which InsideEVs’ own Alex Wai represented, helping the event along.

National Drive Electric Week In Hong Kong Was A Big Success

National Drive Electric Week In Hong Kong Was A Big Success (The first Tesla RHD P85Ds were delivered to the region just before the event)

Joel Levin, Plug In America’s executive director said:

“Once again we’ve seen that National Drive Electric Week produces concrete results that boost sales in addition to raising awareness of plug-in vehicles from neighborhood to board room.”

Michael Brune, Sierra Club’s executive director said:

“National Drive Electric Week’s record-breaking events show that Americans want to move forward – they want clean energy and they want 21st-century solutions to climate disruption. With more chargers in the ground and EVs on the road than ever before, it’s clear we’re driving forward, not backwards – clean energy is here, and it’s here to stay.”

The 6th National Drive Electric Week is already scheduled for Sept. 10 through 18, 2016 as Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association team up to support events organized by local groups.

Here we have several photos and videos from various places:

Kent, WA - Ryan Fulcher burns rubber instead of oil as he lights up the tires on his stock 2011 Nissan LEAF before racing against Ron Easley in his 2013 Nissan LEAF at Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA. Teslas and various other electric vehicles can be seen waiting in the staging lanes in the background. (Photo Credit: Aakanksha Gavalli)

Kent, WA – Ryan Fulcher burns rubber instead of oil as he lights up the tires on his stock 2011 Nissan LEAF before racing against Ron Easley in his 2013 Nissan LEAF at Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA. Teslas and various other electric vehicles can be seen waiting in the staging lanes in the background. (Photo Credit: Aakanksha Gavalli)

Lake Grove, NY - Left row - LEAF, Focus EV, LEAF Right Row - Tesla S, BMW i3, Mitsubishi iMIEV, Think City EV, DeLorean EV Electric assist bikes left rear & Solar Science Mobile Lab right rear (Photo Credit: Long Island Sierra Club)

Lake Grove, NY – Left row – LEAF, Focus EV, LEAF Right Row – Tesla S, BMW i3, Mitsubishi iMIEV, Think City EV, DeLorean EV Electric assist bikes left rear & Solar Science Mobile Lab right rear (Photo Credit: Long Island Sierra Club)

Los Angeles, CA - 2016 Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Bolt EV Concept Car. (Photo Credit: NDEW cofounder Jeff U'ren)

Los Angeles, CA – 2016 Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Bolt EV Concept Car. (Photo Credit: NDEW cofounder Jeff U’ren)

Madison, WI - None identifiable (Photo Credit: Eric Powers)

Madison, WI – None identifiable (Photo Credit: Eric Powers)

Middletown, CT - Event photo. (Middletown, CT)

Middletown, CT – Event photo. (Middletown, CT)

Satellite Beach, FL - Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Focus EV, NASA Moon Buggy Mock Up EV, Chevy Volt, Chevy Volt, Tesla Roadster, Prius Plug in, Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model S, BMW i8, Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Energi, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Leaf, Toyota RAV 4 EV, BMW i3, BMW i3, Chevy Volt, Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, BMW i3. This is an aerial drone shot at the end of the event. This is after several vehicles had left for the day. Our exhibitor Brevard Solar took the shot and sent it to us. - (Satellite Beach, FL)

Satellite Beach, FL – Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Focus EV, NASA Moon Buggy Mock Up EV, Chevy Volt, Chevy Volt, Tesla Roadster, Prius Plug in, Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model S, BMW i8, Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Energi, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Leaf, Toyota RAV 4 EV, BMW i3, BMW i3, Chevy Volt, Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, BMW i3. This is an aerial drone shot at the end of the event. This is after several vehicles had left for the day. Our exhibitor Brevard Solar took the shot and sent it to us. – (Satellite Beach, FL)

Scottsdale, AZ - We had over 45 vehicles of all makes. We had a Fisker, Chevy volts, Nissan Leafs, Many Teslas, Smart ev, BMW i3's, Ford Focus-Electrics,C-Max,Fusion, Rav4 ev, S-10 Conversions, Midget ev Dragster, Mitsubishi i, Zero Motorcycles, and neighborhood vehicles. Since we had our event as part of a weekly McDonald's Car Show at the Scottsdale AZ Pavilions. Even though temperatures peaked at 104 deg F, at 4pm, we had plenty of spectators and new EV enthusiasts. See you next year. (Photo Credit: Sam DiMarco,EAA VP )

Scottsdale, AZ – We had over 45 vehicles of all makes. We had a Fisker, Chevy volts, Nissan Leafs, Many Teslas, Smart ev, BMW i3’s, Ford Focus-Electrics,C-Max,Fusion, Rav4 ev, S-10 Conversions, Midget ev Dragster, Mitsubishi i, Zero Motorcycles, and neighborhood vehicles. Since we had our event as part of a weekly McDonald’s Car Show at the Scottsdale AZ Pavilions. Even though temperatures peaked at 104 deg F, at 4pm, we had plenty of spectators and new EV enthusiasts. See you next year. (Photo Credit: Sam DiMarco,EAA VP )

Videos:

“EV drivers from all over Broward County gathered in Lauder Ale, to enjoy some hand crafted beers while sharing tips, stories and an insight to their own cars. It was a very nice event where drivers could also meet with Florida Power & Light as well as with car charging companies like Doc Bornee.”

“On September 12th we hosted of a National Drive Electric Week Event in Ft. Lauderdale Florida called DRIVING THE FUTURE.

“These cars were filmed at the 43rd Annual Electric Vehicle Show, hosted by The Electric Auto Association of Silicon Valley and SF BayLEAFs, one of the many events held September 12 – 20 in more than 180 cities in more than 40 states during the 5th annual National Drive Electric Car Week. The events are designed to showcase the speed, convenience, clean-air benefits and fuel cost-savings of electric vehicles.”

“Jann and Bill go to the Boulder Drive Electric Week event, apart of the National Drive Electric and check out some new all electric cars, bikes and motorcycles by Tesla, Nissan, BMW, and others. Joe Castro the city of Boulder facilities and fleet manager talks to us about the event and what it means to the city and our environment as well as how you can get in on the movement.”

“#NDEW2015 National Drive Electric Week 2015 at Satellite Beach, Florida on September 19, 2015. This was taken at the end after a few EVs had already left so there were actually more there during the day! Also take note of the NASA moon buggy mock up! It was brought because it was one of NASA’s first electric vehicles. https://driveelectricweek.org/ http://spacecoastevdrivers.com/”

“National Drive Electric Week #TexasEV”

“Over 350 people attended 1st Annual Sechelt Electric Vehicle Festival 2015 during National Drive Electric Week on the beautiful Sunshine Coast BC Canada”

“NDEW2015 : Waukesha, WI

Special thank you goes out to the Boucher Group (David-Brian-Henry), International Autos, Doering Leasing, H&H Solar, Wisconsin Clean Cities, Carbon Day, Evolution Marketing, Silver Lake Auto, Joe @ Scrima’s Pizza, Sigmund Snopek, Electric Car Insider Magazine, Signet Systems, ABB and all the awesome volunteers and attendees who made this event a success.

We look forward to seeing you again for #NDEW2016 on September 17, 2016! Until then, #ChargeOn #Waukesha

Photography by: James T Ninomiya and Elaine Williams

Nissan LEAF® is the exclusive automotive sponsor of National Drive Electric Week
Presented by: Plug In America, Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association
Bronze Level Sponsors: ClipperCreek, Schneider Electric and SunPower”

“The city of Torrance introduces six electric vehicle charging stations as part of National Drive Electric Week.”

Press release:

“National Drive Electric Week 2015 Breaks Attendance Record for Second Consecutive Year

More than 130,000 Took Part in 187 U.S. Cities and Abroad

2016 Date Announced: Sept. 10-18

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 29, 2015—Breaking its own record again, National Drive Electric Week 2015 tallied 196 events in 187 cities this year with more than 130,000 people attending events coast-to-coast across the U.S. and Canada, in Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Last year, 152 events in 150 cities in the U.S. and abroad drew some 95,000 attendees.

This year’s highlights included the world debut of the 2016 Nissan LEAF and the West Coast debut of the Chevy Bolt EV concept. These vehicles came together at Los Angeles’ event, which alone featured roughly 1,000 ride-n-drives out of roughly 9,000 total. Events from Hawaii to Maine also delivered parades, rubber-burning races, panel discussions and more. Every major plug-in model available in nearly every state was represented.

With total plug-in sales on pace to double that of plug-less hybrids for their first five years, Drive Electric Week resulted once again in EV sales, such as in Hong Kong, whose celebration included 500 test-rides in a country with only 2,500 EVs on the road.

Some events triggered first-time discussions with office holders and businesses about such EV advancements as boosting local infrastructure. Events also served as platforms for officials to make such announcements, with dozens of new charging stations inaugurated during the week. In Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the city’s installation of a fast charger, the city’s first, and a pilot program allowing city employees to test four different EVs for the city’s fleet.

“Once again we’ve seen that National Drive Electric Week produces concrete results that boost sales in addition to raising awareness of plug-in vehicles from neighborhood to board room,” said Joel Levin, Plug In America’s executive director.

National Drive Electric Week, which will be held next year from Sept. 10 through 18, 2016, showcases the cost-savings, clean-air benefits and fun of plug-ins. Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association team up to support events organized by local groups.

“National Drive Electric Week’s record-breaking events show that Americans want to move forward – they want clean energy and they want 21st-century solutions to climate disruption,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club’s executive director. “With more chargers in the ground and EVs on the road than ever before, it’s clear we’re driving forward, not backwards – clean energy is here, and it’s here to stay.”

Other mayors, members of congress, state senators and assembly members, governors, city council members and other office holders—roughly 70 total—across the country took part in the celebration along with utilities, environmental nonprofits, municipal and state energy agencies, automakers, auto dealerships, solar and EV-charging equipment companies, air-quality management districts and academic institutions.

Raising more EV awareness than ever before, Drive Electric Week social media reached some 6.5 million recipients. Nearly 250 articles appeared in local and national outlets alike. Ford Motor gave away plug-in vehicles on the Ellen DeGeneres Show all week and a crew from the Emmy Award-winning environmental television series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” filmed an upcoming segment with Emmy Award-winning actor Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) at the L.A. event.

Perhaps the most productive activity of the week: James Haberberger and his wife, Katie Epps, drove to the hospital from the Bluffton, SC event James organized to welcome their son, Conor Alexander Epps, in to the world. A few days later, James reported, “my son Conor had his first ride in an electric car as we brought home our new bundle of joy.”

National Drive Electric Week (previously National Plug In Day) launched in 2011 in 29 cities.

Nissan and its all-electric LEAF have served as the event’s exclusive automotive sponsor since 2013. ClipperCreek, SunPower and Schneider Electric are also national sponsors and PlugShare is media sponsor.

Media photos and video.

About Plug In America: Plug In America, a San Francisco-based national nonprofit organization, works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. The organization conceived National Drive Electric Week and has advanced workplace charging by pioneering ride-and-drive events at such leading corporations as Google, Mattel and Paramount Pictures. It developed the world’s largest, most dedicated network of plug-in vehicle owners and drivers, many of whom have driven EVs for well over a decade. We drive electric. You can too. www.pluginamerica.org

About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with more than 2.4 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states. The Sierra Club’s national electric vehicles initiative advocates for a switch to EVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut oil consumption. Sierra Club is proud to have been one of the three national groups organizing National Drive Electric Week since its inception in 2011. www.sierraclub.org/EVGuide

About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. www.electricauto.org

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I went to Los Angeles and San Diego events, neither had SparkEV from factory/dealer. In LA event where factory was present, they didn’t even mention SparkEV. San Diego had SparkEV “flag” on test drive area, but no car. Are they completely sold out or does GM see too high a demand and want to cool it? It’s still sold out in my area.

Yes, there weren’t any at the event here in Davis, California either. But I saw a pop-up ad for one in transit at a dealership in Roseville, about 33 miles away. I called and the dealership called back, then called again when the cars arrived. They got 10 in and by the time I arrived at 6 PM after work there were only 3 left. I leased one, after almost walking out after the quoted lease price nearly doubled. I’ve only had it 4 days but like it so far. If Chevy made more, and had them available in more than three states, they would sell or lease many more. I hope that the Bolt is similar, just a little bigger and with the promised 200 mile range.

Factory lease is only $139/mo with zero down, making it $3000 for 3.25 years after $2500 rebate. I didn’t think dealers could change this deal since it’s still on Chevy web site. Did you take custom lease?

Did you get 2015 or 2016? Check out your charging port if you have issues with DC fast charge. I’m curious if Chevy fixed the problem for 2016 MY.

http://sparkev.blogspot.com/2015/09/solution-problem-with-dc-fast-charge.html

Where I live there was no mention of drive EV week. There was no mention on national news whenever I watched some national news. However I have heard about EV buses. I think there can be more of an impact with big electric service vehicles. Maintenance is big cost with service vehicles. Even though these vehicles cost more savings will be seen more quickly as compared with small vehicles