2013 Nation Plug In Day At Fresno CA (photo credit Fiat of Fresno)

2013 Nation Plug In Day At Fresno CA (photo credit Fiat of Fresno)

What used to be "National Plug In Day" has now been transformed into "National Drive Electric Week" as the event enters its fourth year.

Started in 2011 as a day in September to promote plug-in vehicles and heighten people's awareness on the benefits of driving on electricity via simultaneous events across the country, has now grown into a week long event.

At last year's event more than 36,000 attendees took part in the special day across 98 cities with almost 3,000 electric vehicles being shown off over the course of the day, along with thousands of test drives.

Thanks to this year's expanded schedule organized by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, 2013 participation numbers will easily be surpassed.

“We’ve expanded our celebration from a day to a week to reflect the growing popularity of electric cars, which offer Americans more fun, more choice, fewer hassles and great savings,” said Plug In America president Richard Kelly.

“The one thing we want everyone to know is that you don’t have to have an electric car to take part in National Drive Electric Week. That’s the point--to introduce EVs to prospective buyers who haven’t experienced the thrill of instant torque and a quiet, clean ride, right past the gas station.”

National Drive Electric Week activities will vary by city.  But in addition to test drives, they are expected to include EV drag races and rallies, charging infrastructure demos, awards and more.

The organizers also noted:

Sales of electric cars, which can be charged at home while you sleep or at work, have doubled every year for the past three years. National Drive Electric Week’s organizers are seeking to champion and sustain that explosive growth rate. As in previous years, they expect events from Hawaii to Maine to offer ride-n-drives of every electric or hybrid electric vehicle on the road:

Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Chevy Spark EV, Mitsubishi iMiEV, BMW i3, Cadillac ELR, Fiat 500e, smart ED, Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive, Toyota Prius PHV, Ford Focus EV, Honda Fit EV, Honda Accord PHEV, CMax energi, Ford Fusion Energi PHEV, Porsche Panamera PHEV and Zero and Brammo motorcycles.

As we get closer to the event we will highlight the upcoming events across the country.  It should be a fun week!

For information about organizing a National Drive Electric Week in your city, town or at your school, click here.

  • WHEN: Sept. 15-21, 2014. Date and times will vary by city - current event listings can be found here.
  • WHERE: Visit the National Drive Electric Week website for city-by-city locations and details (still being updated):
  • WHO: Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers teaming up with local groups across the country and abroad to organize events. National sponsors include the Nissan LEAF.