National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Annapolis, MD
Sep 09, 2018

Day: Sunday, September 9, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11 am - 4 pm
Location: Maryland Avenue
92 Maryland Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2018.

Event Report

The Mayor of Annapolis Mayor and two aldermen came. The Mayor presented us a proclamation proclaiming: "September 8-16, 2018 to be Drive Electric Week in the City of Annapolis."

Just to show the enthusiasm of EV owners, of the 60 vehicles registered, 30 showed up in a day-long rainstorm.

We held four mini-seminars: Charging 101 (by a SemaConnect representative), Government Incentives & Rates (by a BGE (power utility) representative), Taking a Long Trip in an EV... Yes, You Can! (by the Vice President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC), and EVs and Climate Change (by the President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC). All were standing-room only.

This being a sailing town, a local company that installs electric motors in boats had a display as did a community solar company.

We promoted the event on social media, in local newsletters and electric announcement boards, and with signage all over town, including a banner over the street where the event was held, which was installed a week before the event.

Had it been a good, or even moderate, weather day, we would have been slammed with people.

photo by: Elvia Thompson
Heavy rain did not keep 30 EV owners away from exhibiting their cars on historic Maryland Avenue in Annapolis.

Event Description


UPDATE: There is rain in the forecast for tomorrow, September 9, but the show and the seminars are ON!

The 6th Annual Drive Electric Week Annapolis Showcase will be presented by environmental non-profit Annapolis Green. 

Our 2018 event, sponsored by SemaConnect, maker of EV chargers; BGE; and Ourisman Chevrolet of Bowie, will be bigger and better than ever! We will feature the Hyattsville Police Department's EV patrol car and electric motorcycle. 

We have 59 vehicles (22 models) registered to attend so far including:

  • BMW i3
  • BMW i3 REx
  • BMW 530e
  • Chevrolet Bolt 
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Fiat 500e
  • Fisker Karma
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Ford Fusion Energi
  • GEM Utility Vehicle
  • Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid
  • Honda Fit EV
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
  • Tesla Model 3, Model S, Model X, Roadster
  • Think City
  • Brammo & Zero Motorcycle
Taking a Long Road Trip in an EV (Yes you can!)

Together they represent more than 1.1 million electric miles driven!

Ride & Drive

Want to try out an electric car? Some owners will offer free ride and drives!


12:30 - 1pm

Charging 101

     By SemaConnect

1:30 - 2pm

Government Incentives, Rates & Other Programs

     By BGE

2:30 - 3pm

Taking a Long Road Trip in an EV (Yes you can!)

     By Scott Wilson, EVADC Vice President

3:30 - 4pm

Climate Change and EVs

     By Ron Kaltenbaugh, EVADC President & Climate Reality Leader


SemaConnect, manufacturers of charging stations

The Inn at Horn Point, B&B in the Eastport section of Annapolis that has installed two Tesla Destination Chargers

Hybrid Marine, manufacturer of marine electric motors

Neighborhood Sun, a solar power company

And of course, Maryland Avenue is a marvelous shopping street, particularly if you like antiques; vintage, new and custom clothing; gifts for the home; books; and jewelry, art. At the top of Maryland Avenue is the State House or capitol building. The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772. It houses the Maryland General Assembly and offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The capitol has the distinction of being topped by the largest wooden dome in the United States constructed without nails. The current building, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, is the third statehouse on its site. The building is administered by the State House Trust, established in 1969.

Come to beautiful, historic Maryland Avenue in Annapolis to enjoy our EV Showcase and then shop the boutiques on the Avenue, enjoy a brew at our very own Irish restaurant, Galway Bay, and explore Annapolis' historic properties and waterfront. 

Thank you to our local sponsors!


Here is a link to to our very successful 2017 event.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 129 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 14
Tesla Model S 8
Chevrolet Bolt 6
Chevrolet Volt 5
BMW i3 3
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 3
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 3
Ford Focus Electric 2
Other Plug-In Vehicle 2
Tesla Roadster 2
BMW 530e 1
BMW i3 REx 1
Brammo 1
Fiat 500e 1
Fisker Karma 1
Ford Fusion Energi 1
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 1
Honda Fit EV 1
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid 1
Tesla Model X 1
Think City 1
Zero Motorcycle 1
22 Models 60

Registered attendees report 1,054,901 electric miles driven.

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Presented By

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Sierra Club logo
EVHybridNoire logo
Drive Electric USA logo

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