National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Electric Vehicle and Sustainability Fair
Hilo, HI
Sep 24, 2022

Day: Saturday, September 24, 2022 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm HST
Location: Prince Kuhio Plaza
111 East Puainako Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2022.

Event Report

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers, local EV dealers, and several organizations actively contributing to Hawaii Island’s sustainability and resilience gathered at the Prince Kuhio Plaza on Saturday, September 24, to celebrate the climate, clean air, and pocketbook benefits of electric cars and the progress being made in the areas of energy, transportation, agriculture and food, and STEM education. 

Big Island EV organized this event in partnership with Hawaiian Electric, Blue Planet Foundation, Ulupono Initiative, and Drive Electric Hawaii. Our partners covered the venue and a state-wide radio campaign that raised awareness to Drive Electric Week and the events held across Hawaii.

Local EV dealers – Big Island Toyota, BMW of Hawaii, EZ-Bikes, Kamaaina Nissan, and Orchid Isle Auto Center – and EV owners shared the latest EVs shared the diversity of EVs and the benefits of ownership:

  • Low cost of maintenance and operation
  • Superior performance with a quiet, vibration-free ride with excellent acceleration 
  • Zero tailpipe emissions that enable climate action and contribute to clean air

Club members from Big Island EV Association and Tesla Hawaii Club provided residents with information on EV ownership, including tips on buying and charging. We handed out all the Plug In America brochures but gave access to the online content (courtesy of the QR codes).

Between owners and dealers, guests had many electric vehicles to check out: Chevy Bolt, Toyota bZ4X, BMW i4 M50, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model 3, Model X, and Model Y, Ford Mach-e, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Kia Niro, Toyota Supra conversion, and electric bikes.

Climate, Energy, Transportation, STEM, Food, Sustainability

Residents were treated to information on clean energy and transportation, energy efficiency, mass transit, climate action, STEM education, native plants, and sustainable food production by several organizations. They shared information about their mission and what’s being done in their sectors. Several had interactive displays and all participated in a passport activity that offered the chance to win prizes – an electric bike (courtesy of EZ-Bikes), a one-day Tesla Model 3 rental (courtesy of Aiona U-Rent a Car), and a Tello EDU Mini-Drone (courtesy of NexTech Hawaii). Participating groups included:

  • Citizens Climate Lobby Hawaii Island Chapter 
  • County of Hawaii 
  • Hawaii Community College 
  • Hawaiian Electric 
  • Hawaii Energy 
  • Hawaii Farm Trails 
  • NexTech Hawaii 
  • Sustainable Energy Hawaii 
  • United Nations Association – USA – Hawaii Island Chapter
Winner of the EZ-Bike with the EZ-Bike Team

The lucky e-bike winner with sponsor EZ-Bikes Hawaii.

Speeches and Talking Story

Local leaders joined the celebration. Doug Adams, County of Hawaii Research and Development Director, shared Mayor Mitch Roth’s message proclaiming Drive Electric Week on Hawaii Island. House Representative Nicole Lowen and Jennifer Kagiwada from the office of Councilmember Heather Kimball acknowledged the progress on Hawaii Island and the State in its efforts to achieve sustainability and resilience. Colton Ching, Sr. Vice President, Planning and Technology at Hawaiian Electric, shared their appreciation for the focus and progress on sustainability and his company’s contribution to the island’s transition to clean energy and transportation. Morin shared Governor David Ige’s proclamation of Drive Electric Week across Hawaii. We also had the honor of Brittany Zimmerman, Founder and CEO of Yummet, facilitating a Q&A with several participating organizations.

Here’s a slideshow of images taken by Gary Miller, Big Island EV leader.

photo by: Gary Miller
Winners of the raffle at the Hilo event. This includes the winners of our e-bike giveaway and the one-day Tesla rental.

More photos from this event.

Event Description


Join Big Island EV Association for this year's  National Drive Electric Week celebration at the first Annual Electric Vehicle and Sustainability Fair in Hilo, Hawaii.

This in-person event will allow you to check out the latest EVs, learn from owners, and engage with local leaders who are involved in local sustainability efforts.

The event promises to be our biggest event yet. Thanks to our sponsors, EV dealers, and several local businesses and non-profits, the event will include abundant opportunities to learn about clean transportation, renewable energy, climate, and more.

The event will be held at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo. Within the mall, you'll find representatives from several organizations. They will share EVs, clean energy, sustainability,  STEM, and climate action information.

  • Big Island EV
  • Blue Planet Foundation
  • Citizens Climate Lobby Hawaii Island Chapter
  • County of Hawaii
  • Drive Electric Hawaii
  • EZ Bikes
  • Hawaii Community College
  • Hawaiian Electric
  • Hawaii Energy
  • NexTech Hawaii
  • Sustainable Energy Hawaii
  • Tesla Hawaii Club
  • United Nations Association

The Latest EVs

The following dealers are planning to attend. They are planning to bring their latest offerings and information about upcoming models. Vehicles are subject to inventory availability, but our dealers plan to bring new cars.

  • Aloha Kia - Kia EV6
  • Big Island Toyota - bZ4X
  • BMW Kona - i4 M50
  • De Luz Chevy - Chevy EUV
  • Kamaaina Nissan - LEAF
  • Orchid Isle Auto Center - Mach-e

Big Island EV Owner Car Display

Of course, we will also have a space for Big Island EV owners to share their vehicles and talk story with the public. Several parking stalls will be reserved for owner cars near one of the entrances.

There will also be fun activities and the chance to win valuable prizes.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 6 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
BMW i4 1
Ford Mustang Mach-E 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
3 Models 3

Registered attendees report 49,000 electric miles driven.

Presented By

Plugin America logo
Electric Vehicle Association logo
Sierra Club logo
EVHybridNoire logo
Drive Electric USA logo

Platinum Level Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsor

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Green Level Sponsor

All NDEW 2024 sponsors support Plug In America's coordination of National Drive Electric Week.

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