National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Kamuela, HI
Sep 08, 2018

Day: Saturday, September 8, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 900 AM - 100 PM HST
Location: Waimea Center
65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy
Kamuela, HI 96743
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2018.

Event Report

Our September 8, 2018 event was held at the Waimea Center, a small shopping center in the town of Kamuela (Waimea). We had great weather throughout the event. Many club members in the area, along with a few who drove in from as far as Kona and Keaau, joined our event. They brought their cars and we had a good mix – Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model X, Tesla Mode S, Chevy Bolt, Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, VW eGolf, Chevy Volt and BYD SUV.

Local Nissan and Chevy dealerships brought the 2018 Nissan LEAF and Chevy Bolt, respectively. They fielded questions from several potential customers and took several on test drives.

Our local Citizens’ Climate Lobby representative, Ron Reilly, shared information about the Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend concept.

Our local utility (Hawaii Electric Co.) joined and addressed questions regarding their Fast Charging infrastructure and TOU program. They also brought along their BYD (Chinese) electric SUV.

Ron Whitmore, Hawaii County Deputy Director, gave speech on sustainability and the role of electric cars in and presented the association with a letter of appreciation from the Mayor’s office.

We had foot traffic the throughout our event. Several attendees had really basic questions about electric cars. Several joined to help finalize purchase decisions. (One of our members ordered a Tesla Model 3 a few days later.)

Thank you to the National Drive Electric Week organizers, KTA Superstores, Waimea Center, Ulupono Initiative, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Ron Whitmore, and BIEVA volunteers for helping to make our event possible.

Rick Castro and Noel Morin

photo by: Emily Ebert
Mahalo to Waimea Center, KTA and HELCO for letting us use the annex parking lot and your time involved in this event.

More photos from this event.

Event Description


Join the Big Island Electric Vehicle Association for this year's Drive Electric Week event in Waimea (Kamuela). This event will be held at Waimea Center's KTA parking lot (location of the Waimea Fast Charger).

This is a great opportunity to meet other electric car owners, to learn about electric car benefits and ownership experiences, and see the latest electric cars. If you have an electric car, please join us in celebration of sustainable transportation.

Representatives from HELCO will be participating. They will be available to address questions regarding their Fast Chargers and Time of Use rates. 

The Citizens' Climate Lobby will also be in attendance. They will be sharing information about another innovative approach to help to solve our climate challenge.

We expect to have representatives from Kamaaina Nissan, DeLuz Chevy, and Aloha Kia in attendance. They will share information about their latest electric cars. Tesla will not be able to join but we'll have several owners and experts on hand to address your questions about purchase and ownership experiences.

We hope to see you there.  Bring your family and friends!

Registered Attendees

There are currently 22 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 3
Chevrolet Bolt 2
Tesla Model S 2
BMW i3 REx 1
Chevrolet Volt 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
6 Models 10

Registered attendees report 206,100 electric miles driven.

Presented By

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