National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Los Angeles, CA
Sep 16, 2014

Day: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Location: UCLA Campus, just north of Perloff Hall
365 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2014.

Event Report

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's representatives awarded a proclamation naming Sept. 15-21, 2014 National Drive Electric Week in the City of Los Angeles. From the Whereases: "local greenhouse gas emissions...are a contributing factor to air pollution and climate change, threateningthe health of our citizens and the sustainability of our planet." Gasoline prices are escalating "to levels that overburden commerce, hurt economic growth and cause hardship to our citizens." EVs "reduce our dependence on foreign fuels, and support a healthy environment and economy." National Drive Electric Week showcases "the fun, convenience, clean-air benefits and cost-savings of electric cars...."

Ed Begley, Jr., who has driven an EV on solar power longer than anyone on Earth, celebrated his 65th birthday with us and joined our speaking program.

photo by: Plug In America
From left: Paul Scott, Plug In America co-founder; Rajit Gadh, UCLA professor of engineering; Ed Begley, Jr., environmentalist and actor; Susana M. Reyes, senior analyst, Office of Sustainability, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti; Zan Dubin-Scott, Plug In America communications director, founder, National Drive Electric Week.

Event Description


UCLA Celebrates National Drive Electric Week

Test drive the newest EVs on the market at this 
free event, hosted by 
Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) and UCLA Transportation.

UCLA, 365 Portola Plaza 
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Noon-4 p.m.
 Free on-campus parking in Lot 3: Click on this link for a Map
(or ride a bike or use public trans)

Santa Cruz Show Me How

Experts welcome, but if you know nothing about electric cars--and want to quit buying ga$--this event is for you. Learn how EVs are more fun, more convenient and less expensive than gas cars. 

Test drives: Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF, Chevy's Volt, Zero Motorcycle and other hot models. Take these EVs off campus to see what all they can do. Talk with industry experts, movers-and-shakers to learn about everything from the newest EV colors (Gun Metallic), to public charging options, to powering an EV with solar energy. Find out about pricing from the Center for Sustainable Energy, which provides EV rebates for the state. This event is organized by Plug In America co-founders Zan Dubin-Scott and Paul Scott. 

Give-aways: Tix to a Morgan Page concert and an L.A. Derby Dolls bout (derby skates are zero emission), gift certificates from Real Food Daily, National Drive Electric Week swag. 


Rajit Gadh, SMERC director, UCLA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering 
Paul Scott, co-founder, Plug In America
Ed Begley, Jr., actor and environmentalist 
Matt Petersen, chief sustainability officer, City of Los Angeles 

Ed Begley, Jr., center, who has driven an EV on sunshine (solar electricity) longer than anyone in the world.

More reasons to attend? Five lucky winners will win dinner for two at So Cal's premiere organic plant-based restaurant,
Real Food DailyFive more winners will take home a pair of tickets to see EDM mainstay Morgan Page, who powers his Tesla Model S with solar energy, at the Wynn, Las Vegas. Are you an L.A. Derby Dolls fan? We are--their derby skates are zero emission. Win one of five pairs of VIP tickets to an upcoming bout, banked-track style! 

Morgan Page at home in L.A. with the Tesla Model S he drives on sunshine. Credit: SolarCity.

We're also honored to partner with Santa Monica High School, whose Team Marine is the first environmental high school group to have converted a gasoline car into a highway-capable all-electric vehicle, a.k.a., "Volts Wattson." Santa Monica High School is among the first in National Drive Electric Week's Ambassador School Initiative to share the EV message with youth. 

Team Marine Students with Volts Wattson.

Thanks to Our Sponsors: 

Test Drive Loop and Parking Map: Park in Structure 3, at top of map.

Can't wait til Tuesday? To fill in the hours, watch this National Drive Electric Week video we produced starring Chris Paine, director of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and "Revenge of the Electric Car." Chris, the grease monkey, is pictured here with the video's director, Kelly R. Olsen on the left, and Plug In America co-founder, Paul Scott.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 443 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 21
Chevrolet Volt 6
Tesla Model S 6
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 3
Ford C-MAX Energi 2
Zero Motorcycle 2
BMW i3 1
BMW i3 REx 1
Brammo 1
Chevy Spark EV 1
Fiat 500e 1
Ford Focus Electric 1
Ford Ranger EV (1997-2003) 1
Honda Fit EV 1
Other Plug-In Vehicle 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Toyota Plug-in Prius 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (1997-2003) 1
18 Models 52

Registered attendees report 1,495,770 electric miles driven.

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EVHybridNoire logo
Drive Electric USA logo

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