National Drive Electric Week Events, Free and Probably Near You

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
national drive electric week events free and probably near you

Since 2011, National Drive Electric Week has taken place in venues across the United States, some Canadian locations, and at select international venues. This year, it runs from Saturday, September 9th through Sunday, September 17th.

There are 262 event locations for 2017, so there’s probably an event not far away, assuming you’re electrically inclined.

While you may not have heard of these events previously, the official site has a comprehensive map. Just input your ZIP code and see the events nearest you. Each location has an individual event page detailing the particulars, as well as a list of the individually owned EVs registered to attend. Events are open to the public, and registration (encouraged) is free.

It’s an easy way to check out pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles all in one location. Checking through various green dots on the map, the events vary in location type and scope. Shopping centers, parks, and university campuses all play host. Attendees in many locations include the aforementioned regular EV owners showing their rides, local dealers bringing their hybrid and EV wares for display and test drives, and occasionally a manufacturer presence.

TTAC will have representation (yours truly) at the Cincinnati event, where local startup Workhorse will have their W-15 EV pickup available. Look for that report next week.

See if there’s an event near you. Aside from the usual Prius Primes, Volts, Leafs, and Teslas, maybe you’ll get lucky and see a rare Mitsubishi i-MiEV or Cadillac ELR in the flesh.

[Images: Google, Workhorse]

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  • Stingray65 Stingray65 on Sep 09, 2017

    Must really be a symphony of sound to hear all those proud Tesla, i3, Leaf, etc. owners revving up their engines to impress the crowds. I'm guessing such events are also very social with plenty of opportunity to make new friends as the huge crowds of EVs queue up for a few hours to recharge so they can make it home.

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Sep 10, 2017

    Considering how little the gas engine in my Volt runs w/it's measly 40 mile range & charging only at home off the 120VAC outlet in my garage it's become apparent to me that I could easily get by with a full on EV like the Bolt. I'll always need a gas guzzler ICE vehicle like my Tahoe for towing toy's and road trips out of town w/family, but for everything else a modern EV would get the job done. Again for the millions of mulit-car households in the US an EV is getting to be almost a no-brainer.

    • HotPotato HotPotato on Sep 10, 2017

      Yep. We do great with one short-range EV and one car that uses gas. No tailpipe pollution on short trips, no range anxiety on long trips. For a lot of families, the coming round of longer-range EVs (two of them are already here--the Chevy Bolt EV and, arguably, the Tesla Model 3) could replace the gas car on all but a handful of occasions too. For mine, about the only times we'd really prefer a gas car are the times we rent one already: for a V8-powered high-speed blast into desert nowheresville...during which we pass the massive mirror and molten salt solar plant that powers our EV.

  • Kat Laneaux What's the benefits of this as opposed to the Ford or Nissan. Will the mileage be better than the 19 city, 24 hwy? Will it cost less than the average of $60,000? Will it be a hybrid?
  • Johnster Minor quibble. The down-sized full-sized 1980-only Continental (which was available with Town Car and Town Coupe trims) gave up its name in 1981 and became the Town Car. The name "Town Coupe" was never used after the 1980 model year. The 1981 Lincoln Town Car was available with a 2-door body style, but the 2-door Lincoln Town Car was discontinued and not offered for the 1982 model year and never returned to the Lincoln lineup.
  • Zipper69 Some discreet dwebadging and this will pass for a $95k Lucid Air...
  • Zipper69 Does it REALLY have to be a four door?Surely a truly compact vehicle could stick with the half-door access with jump seats for short term passengers.
  • ToolGuy See kids, you can keep your old car in good condition.