National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
San Jose Reid Hillview Airport Community Day
San Jose, CA
Sep 23, 2023

Day: Saturday, September 23, 2023 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
Location: Reid Hillview Airport
2500 Cunningham Ave.
San Jose, CA 95148
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2023.

Event Report

EVA Staff on hand at our info booth:  Jerry Pohorsky - President,   George Stuckert - Vice President,   Ben White -Treasurer

Ben displayed his Nissan Leaf with an inverter connected to the 12 volt battery which powered a small electric refrigerator.
We had 60 cups of ice cream in the refrigerator that we handed out to visitors on a first come, first served basis.
We also had one cup of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream used for a photo of Ben and Jerry (which is on Ben's Google drive).

George brought several dozen toy cars (similar to the small Matchbox cars) to hand out to the kids that came with their parents.  They were a big hit.

We had some conversion EVs on display including an Oldsmobile Cutlass with dual motors and lithium batteries and a VW Thing conversion EV.
The most popular EV was George Stuckert's 1953 Studebaker Champion EV Conversion that has a wild red paint job with orange flames on the sides.
Here is a link to a photo of George's EV at a recent Rotary Club event we attended in Cupertino.

Richard Hatfield had his Lightning Motorcycle LS-218 on display. It set a world record - hitting 218 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats and won the Pike's Peak Hill Climb event in 2014.  Richard's website is:  There is Jay Leno video of the LS-218 at the website.

Two other members of our EVA chapter participated across from our EVA booth.  Jerry Karmin brought his Rivian pickup truck and a solar trailer.  The solar trailer charged the batteries of an electric boiler in a steam powered motorcycle brought by Bob Schneeveis.  The drive mechanism was similar to what was used on the older steam engine locomotives used many years ago by the railroads.  Bob also brought a solar powered walking robot which pulled a two passenger chariot that drove around the airport during the event.  

A member of another EVA chapter joined us with his EV conversion and a very realistic R2-D2 style robot that rolled around our area via remote control.

Although we were in a secluded area not visible from most of the other airport activities, we still got quite a few visitors and had a lot of fun.  
We also had great conversations with some of the guests, provided them with ice cream, EV literature, and answered their questions about EVs.

photo by: Ben White - EVA Silicon Valley Chapter Treasurer
Jerry Pohorsky - EVA Silicon Valley Chapter President (back half of 1,500 Watt hub motor on Jerry's EV Motor Scooter)

More photos from this event.

Event Description


FREE Online tickets available NOW!

_ 30+ awesome aircraft
_ Blvd Bombs classic cars
_ Electric Cars - Classic EV conversions and new EV models
_ Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
_ Fire trucks and disaster vehicles
_ Robot Zoo!
_ Girls Village!
_ Artists
_ Makers
_ Yoga
_ Hands on stuff galore
_ Huge RC Show
_ Gourmet food trucks
_ Amazing live entertainment
_ And a bunch of other fun stuff!
All at Reid Hillview Airport Saturday September 23, 2023, 10am-3pm
2500 Cunningham Ave, San Jose - across from Raging Waters Amusement Park and Eastridge Mall

FREE Admission (with online ticket)
FREE Parking.
FREE TICKETS are available online now!

Registered Attendees

There are currently 67 attendees registered.

Expected Display Vehicles

Vehicle Registered
Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid 1
Tesla Model X 1
2 Models 2

Registered attendees report 172,677 electric miles driven.

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Drive Electric USA logo

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