National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Watts, CA
Sep 18, 2016

Day: Sunday, September 18, 2016 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Watts Civic Center, Watts
10221 South Compton Ave.
Watts, CA 90002
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2016.

Event Report

The event was the result of about 3 months of organizing in Watts, during which time the remarkable Mike Chattom, known locally as "Big Mike," escorted me into numerous situations in Watts I never would have gotten into without him. I attended numerous church services, prayer meetings and Bible study classes where I was lovingly received and allowed to briefly present about the event. We were enthusiastically supported by the Watts Neighborhood Council, and engaged with the Watts Gang TaskForce and Much 62, an organization focussed on mass incarceration.
We were given enormous support by Councilman Joe Buscaino's office and by the LA Department of Water & Power, who used the event to announce 6 new car chargers scheduled for installation in the community in the next 2 months. Crucial participation came from Downey Nissan and Anaheim Pre-Owned Cars. Neighborhood youth showed high interest.

photo by: Sierra Club
I don't know them all. But third from the left in the green T-shirt and shades is Co-Captain Mike Chattom, and at his feet, crouching and smiling, is Evan Gillespie, Deputy Director of the Beyond Coal Campaign. Next to Evan in the red baseball cap is Katya English, SC Campaign staffer in the LA office. Center, in the blue T-shirt and holding the child, is Lizette Hernandez, the Sierra Club staffer dealing with South LA. Above the child's head, smiling in sunglasses, is Shawn Dhanak, the Sierra Club's publicist in the LA Campaign office. The tall man next to Shawn is William Funderburk, Commissioner of LA Dept. of Water and Power. And next to the Commissioner is Rev. Mac Shorty, Chairman of the Watts Neighborhood Council. Continuing in the back row we have me, Kent Minault, the Event Captain. And the last guy in back, in the Panama hat, is Joe McLaughlin, Sierra Club volunteer and EV owner. Character limit reached.

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Event Description


The Watts Electric Drive & Ride Event will feature an array of electric battery powered vehicles, some displayed by owners and others by local car dealerships.  The event will emphasize the economic advantages of electric driving by including presentations about rebates and incentives by the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, the South Coast AQMD's Replace Your Ride Program and LADWP Charge Up LA program.  

Registered Attendees

There are currently 72 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 3
Tesla Model S 2
BMW i3 REx 1
CODA Sedan 1
Chevy Spark EV 1
Ford C-MAX Energi 1
Ford Fusion Energi 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 1
8 Models 11

Registered attendees report 300,475 electric miles driven.

Presented By

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

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

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