National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Des Moines, IA
Sep 14, 2016

Day: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Downtown
1200 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2016.

Event Report

The Mayor of Des Moines, Frank Cownie, declared September 10 - 18 as National Drive Electric Week, but could not attend the event.

The street closure area was surrounded by major employers including Nationwide and Wellmark insurance companies. We had ride and drive vehicles parked along a road that was open, Locust Street. Of the 16 vehicles present, some were individual owners, car dealerships, a business owner that uses EVs for delivering burritos, and a Porsche converted to electric. We had a food truck serving salads and smoothies and a hot dog cart.

The parking garage manager for Nationwide attended and learned about how to be more engaged to offer workplace charging for employees. The mayor of a nearby city, Windsor Heights attended.

photo by: Iowa Clean Cities Coalition
On left: Tesla Model S, coverted Porsche, 2 Smart EVs, Chevy Volt and some electric bicycles. On right: Smart EV, Mercedes GLE550e, hot dog cart, Mitsubishi iMiev, Nissan Leaf, and others behind it not visible in the picture. the photo gallery provided will have more pics updated by the end of 9/16.

More photos from this event.

Event Description


This event will include electric vehicle displays, lunch available for purchase from local vendors, and information on charging stations and where to find them. Local partners include Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Iowa Clean Cities Coalition housed at the Iowa Economic Development Authority, MidAmerican Energy and the Iowa League of Cities.

We currently have 12 plug-in electric vehicles confirmed to be at the event, and more are welcome! Contact surrounding logistics for bringing a vehicle. 

Registered Attendees

There are currently 7 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Tesla Model S 1
2 Models 2

Registered attendees report 21,500 electric miles driven.

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Presented By

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

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

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