By on September 8, 2017

Image: North America Map, Drive Electric Week Events

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.

Workhorse W-15

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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24 Comments on “National Drive Electric Week Events, Free and Probably Near You...”

  • avatar

    I’m actually excited about the “Workhorse” drive.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m gonna get there early, maybe before the crowd [if there is one].

    • 0 avatar

      Count me in as very interested in the Workhorse. It will be interesting if they actually load it down, or have one loaded to its rated capacity and one empty. Of course you wouldn’t get to drive them enough to see how much the added weight really affects range, but at least you’ll get a feel for the impact on acceleration.

  • avatar

    My local meet up has forty-three registered attendees who claim to have driven over one hundred million combined miles in EVs. Sounds about right.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    Ha! The one closes to me in Poolesville, MD is 6.5 miles away from my front door. But because there are no bridges over the Potomac River, it would take me over an hour to drive there. A bit humorous because most current EVs wouldn’t be able to make the round trip.

  • avatar

    Mine is next Wednesday…I am evacuating in the AM to NC from FL so I might not even have power back up by then…dang…Hey an electric car show without electricity…cool….

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I went to the 2013 Pittsburgh event with my Leaf, where I got to drive a BMW i3, and took a ride in somebody’s i-MiEV, as well as a friend’s Model S.

    After having had my 12 Leaf for a whole year, it was the first time I had met anyone else with one, and the guy was from Cleveland (IIRC, it took him 2 days to get to Pittsburgh – ha).

    The second time I met someone with a Leaf? Last week. Which shows the state of the EV union in western PA – it’s bleak.

  • avatar

    Finally a chance to clear the cobwebs off my GM EV1.

    In all seriousness, I’d love to be up close and personal with an ELR. Its one sexy looking Caddy.

    Supposedly there will be one model S, one X, and one X5 iPerformance. I’m not inclined to go just to see them. Pretty much a meh.

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    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.

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    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.

    • 0 avatar

      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.

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