National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Victoria, BC
Sep 09, 2018

Day: Sunday, September 9, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00am -2:00pm
Location: Universtiy of Victoria, Lot #10
West Campus Way (enter off Gordon Head Road)
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2018.

Event Report

The event went off without incident and all participants and volunteers remained in spite of rain.

Three local governments supported our event this year by co-hosting the discussion segment. Our volunteers provided an EV shuttle service to the discussion and free lunch served at the discussion about EV charging in Multi Unit Residential Buildings. Approximately 50 interested citizens and 8 technical experts participated in break-out discussion groups to explore; legal barriers to EVSE in MURBs , working with condo councils, the technical and social barriers to deployment of EV charging in common areas of condos and apartment buildings, and EVs 101- living with and EV.

Our crew were well cared for with a "zero waste" all day breakfast buffet service and crew remained on site until the last tent and chair was packed away.

It was difficult to motivate some Scenic Ride EV owners (ironically local EV club members) to maintain a ride-ready stance rather than turning the event into a typical park-and-chat. By opening their hoods and doors they miscommunicated to some EV-ride guests that the rides had ended and the cars were not available. The barriers to EV adoption are mostly social and some are caused by us, EV owners. Volunteers were asked to let the cars do the talking and let our guests' inner voice "drive change!" Unfortunately, some EV owners are so proud to be part of this movement they are unable to suppress their exuberance. This demonstrably hindered the EV ride experience of some of our guests. We communicated the event themes clearly at the beginning of the event but it's even difficult to get volunteers to adhere to a philosophy they have agreed to when the EV spirit carries them away.

We had many compliments about the test drive segment of the event despite the traffic jam in Scenic Rides. We still can't control the weather, but we had fun inviting dozens of local motorists to Drive Change! Maybe our next event should be only Test Drives?

photo by: Joanne Thorburn
First we eat! Then we Drive Change! The biggest challenges we face are social. Luckily, the solutions are too. (background: a few of our 35 EV Owner volunteers and 27 Event Crew volunteers at our 9:00 am event briefing, foreground: Event all-day breakfeast prepared by Joanne Thorburn assisted by Gerry Gaydos and Doreen Webb)

Event Description



DriveElectricVictoria2018 is our 5th annual EV Ride’n’Drive in the Greater Victoria area. This years event will take place at University of Victoria on Sunday, September 9th, in lot #10 from10:00am until 2:00pm.(on West Campus Way. Access off Gordon Head Road)

This event is strictly non-commercial! (no sales activities, pitches or transactions on-site please)It’s open to the public at no cost to our guests. We invite EV-curious motorists to experience our electric vehicles and let them discover for themselves how driving an EV would enhance their life. 

Guests should register online in advance (free) for vehicle access during our EV Ride&Drive. (Details here soon)

Time and EV availability permitting, people who stop by the event may also be able to ride in or drive an EV.

New this year!! At noon during the event we will co-host a free public discussion in Rm C108, Strong Building, on the University campus. (EV shuttle service and lunch will be provided from Lot # 10 for EV Ride’n’Drive" guests who want to attend.)

“Plugging the Gaps: EV Charging for People Who Live in Condos and Apartment Buildings”. This discussion session will explore how landlords, strata councils, local governments and neighbours can help people get EV charging where they live. It’s hosted incollaboration with the District of Saanich, the City of Victoria and the Capital Regional District. Lunch will be provided (free) and registration is required. Invite your strata council, your landlord, building manager and neighbours to join you. Did I mention the free lunch? (Registration in advance. Watch for details here soon.)

We hope to see you at DriveElectricVictoria2018 EV Ride’n’Drive and hear from you at "Plugging the Gaps!" 

Registered Attendees

There are currently 27 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Kia Soul EV 2
Tesla Model S 2
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Tesla Model X 1
7 Models 9

Registered attendees report 148,050 electric miles driven.

Presented By

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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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