National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Birmingham, AL
Sep 08, 2018

Day: Saturday, September 8, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10AM until 2PM
Location: Brookwood Village
East of Macy's
780 Brookwood Village
Birmingham, AL 35209
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2018.

Event Report

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – About 350 interested consumers came to Brookwood Village on Saturday to shop – in a manner of speaking. Instead of browsing through the mall, though, these “shoppers” were in the parking lot examining dozens of electric vehicles on hand to celebrate National Drive Electric Week.

The visitors learned plenty from the electric vehicle (EV) owners on hand for the showcase. In addition to the replica 1896 Riker electric motor car, there were 25 new and used EVs from Nissan, Chevrolet, Tesla, Ford, BMW, Fiat, Toyota, Honda and Cadillac on display at the event. Also on display was a Via Motors, Inc., pickup and a pair of Curtiss Motorcycle Company electric motorbikes. Curtiss is a Birmingham-based company that manufactures and sells high-end, high-performance electric motorcycles.

“It was wonderful to have such great participation from electric vehicle owners and manufacturers,” said Mark Bentley, executive director of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition. “Electric vehicles make up the fastest-growing segment in the automobile industry in the United States and the EV owners who are here are among the best ‘salesmen’ there are, just by telling their stories of being on the road – and how much money they save by using electricity instead of gasoline.

“Electric vehicles are being built in 20 states, including Alabama, and the EV industry creates thousands of well-paying jobs in our state and country and reduces our dependence on foreign oil,” he said.

Cedric Daniels, Electric Transportation Manager at Alabama Power; Louis W. Baxley, Special Projects Coordinator for U.S. Senator Doug Jones; ZEOG’s David Radzieta; Julie Price, Director of Sustainability at UAB; and Cedric Roberts, the City of Birmingham’s Equipment Management Director, were also on hand at the four-hour event to lend support to the electric vehicle industry.

photo by: Mark Bentley, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition
Tesla Model X creates excitement at Birmingham NDEW EVent

Event Description


Come to Brookwood Village September 8th to view the latest Electric Vehicle (EV) offerings. Talk to real EV owners! Come see why EVs are the fastest-growing transportation vehicle segment. You have been reading about EVs in the news -- now see the best new and used EV models on display: Nissan, Chevy, Tesla, Ford, BMW, Fiat, Toyota, Honda, Cadillac, Chrysler, Hyundai, etc. 

EVs are fun to drive, are less expensive to operate, and are easy to fuel compared to gasoline vehicles. Also, EVs are better for the environment (no emissions), promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  Stop spending $75 +/- a week feeding that gas-guzzling vehicle, and get behind the wheel of a fun to drive, economical EV. Many EV models are even made in America in emission-free factories. 

If you are served by Alabama Power you can also save on your electric bill with an Alabama Power EV rider to charge your EV, at a reduced rate, overnight at home. Ask us how on the 8th! 

Ample parking is available. After reviewing your favorite EV models, be sure to stick around for world-class dining and shopping at Brookwood Village. 

Registered Attendees

There are currently 64 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 6
Tesla Model 3 4
Chevrolet Volt 3
Tesla Model X 3
Cadillac ELR 2
Toyota Prius Prime 2
BMW i3 1
Chevrolet Bolt 1
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 1
Toyota Plug-in Prius 1
VIA Motors 1
Zero Motorcycle 1
12 Models 26

Registered attendees report 378,613 electric miles driven.

In the News…

Presented By

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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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