National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
National Drive Electric Week
Lakeland, FL
Sep 23, 2023

Day: Saturday, September 23, 2023 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Location: Munn Park
195 N. Tennesse Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2023.

Event Report

Polk County’s fourth National Drive Electric Week EV-outreach event, ” Lakeland Drive Electric Day,” was a huge success! 


This free, family-friendly outdoor event was held on Sat., Sept. 23, 2023 in downtown Lakeland’s beautiful Munn Park, adjacent to the Lakeland Farmers Market.  The event featured local EV owners showcasing their vehicles, answering visitor’s questions, & sharing their EV-enthusiasm. The Lakeland Farmers Market's fresh produce, delicious food, and crafts booths added to the festivities.


Nineteen electric vehicles (EVs) comprising 14 models were on display, including: Ford F150 Lightning & F150 Lightning Lariat pickups, Rivian R1T pickup, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Genesis GV80, Nissan LEAF, Tesla 3, Tesla Y, Ford Mustang Mach-e, BMW-i4, BMW-i3, Chevy Bolt & Chevy Bolt EUV.  EV exhibitors included individual owners, Lakeland Electric Utility, and the Lakeland Auto Mall.  A new feature at this year’s event: Lakeland Auto Mall offered ride & drives to interested attendees.


Visitors enjoyed learning about EV economic & health benefits at our NDEW welcome canopies, which featured  educational displays, prize drawings, an “EV-IQ” quiz, and children’s EV craft activities. Drawing prizes included a programmable thermostat donated by Lakeland Electric, native plants from The Nectary, and a Bon Appetit gift basket.


Lakeland Drive Electric Day was organized with the help of volunteers from the Polk Clean Energy Alliance, the League of Women Voters of Polk County and the Ancient Islands Sierra Club’s Clean Energy Committee.  Local event sponsor was Lakeland Electric Utility.


The organizers look forward to hosting our third annual “Drive Electric Earth Day Lakeland” event on Sat. April 20, 2024.

photo by: Karen Freedman
Lakeland Drive Electric Day visitors enjoyed looking at a wide assortment of EV makes & models including: Ford F150 and Rivian pickups, Mustang Mach-e, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Tesla 3, Tesla Y, BMW i-3 & i-4, Genesis GV80, Nissan LEAFs, and Chevy Bolts. Lakeland Electric Utility proudly displayed one of their F150 Lightning fleet vehicles, and Lakeland Auto Mall offered ride & drives.

Event Description


Curious about Electric Vehicles (EVs) & how to charge them? 
Come to Lakeland's Munn Park on Sat. Sept. 23, 2023 from 9:00am-1:00pm & learn why EVs are so popular! 

At this FREE family-friendly event, local EV owners will show their vehicles, answer your questions, & share their EV-enthusiasm.
See many makes & models including electric SUVs & pickups! Enjoy educational displays, kids’ crafts, & prize drawings. 
Located near the Lakeland Farmers Curb Market's wonderful weekly fresh produce, food & craft booths.  


Registered Attendees

There are currently 40 attendees registered.

Plug-In Vehicles Registered by Attendees

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 3
Rivian R1T 2
Tesla Model Y 2
BMW i3 REx 1
BMW i4 1
Ford F-150 Lightning 1
Ford Mustang Mach-E 1
Genesis GV60 1
Hyundai Ioniq 6 1
Kia EV6 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
11 Models 15

Registered attendees report 408,117 electric miles driven.

Presented By

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

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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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