National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
San Luis Obispo, CA
Sep 12, 2018

Day: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Location: Mindbody MGM Conference Room
651 Tank Farm Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2018.

Event Report

This was the first of three events in San Luis Obispo. It was primarily and inside, informational event, but with several EV and e-bike vendors displaying their wares in the outside courtyard during registration/ food service. The conference agenda was:

5:00 to 5:45 - Registration, social mixer and vendor displays inside and in the courtyard.
5:50 to 6:00 - Eric Veium and Chris Read will give welcome and introductory remarks, including brief description of SLO Climate Coalition and City of SLO climate goals and EV related activities.
6:00 to 6:20- PG&E Meteorologist John Lindsey - Keynote speaker presenting the evidence that transformed him from climate change skeptic to climate action champion and EV driver.
6:20 to 6:30 - Interactive exercise moderated by Eric Veium
6:30 to 6:45 - Barry Rands presenting "Myth-Busting Benefits of Electrifying Your Commute"
6:45 to 6:55 - Melissa Guise of Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition describing the many programs and incentives intended to make it easier for folks to drive electric
6:55 to 7:00 - Recognition of EV Champions in San Luis Obispo
7:00 to 7:30 - Panel Discussion - Electric car and bike owners share their experiences (Barry Rands Moderator)
7:30 to 7:45 - Audience Q&A directed to presenters and panelists
7:45 to 8:00: Closing remarks and invitation to other events (Eric Veium and Justin Bradshaw)

We had an attendance of 75 or so participants, over half of which did not drive or ride an EV (car or bike)

photo by: Barry Rands
About 75 people attended the first of three NDEW events in San Luis Obsipo at the Mindbody headquarters. Mindbody includes "Environmental Consciousness" as one of its core values and promotes low carbon transportation by offering employees free charging at one of their 24 charging stations on site. They also offer free e-bike rentals for in-town commuters as part of their wellness program.

Event Description


Come find out why your next vehicle should be electric. You already know it's good for the planet, but did you know it could cost you less to own or lease and a lot less to operate than your current set of wheels? Come right after work, we'll even feed you!

On the agenda:

  • PG&E Meteorologist John Lindsey on his transformation from climate skeptic to climate activist and electric vehicle owner
  • SLO Climate Coalition EV Specialist Barry Rands on the myth-busting multiple benefits of driving electric
  • Melissa Guise of Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition on the many programs and incentives that are making it easier to own and operate an EV
  • A panel discussion of local area residents who have electrified their commutes
  • Vendors of electric cars, bikes and related products and services
  • Recognition of businesses and organizations that have promoted driving electric in our community

Confirmed vendors include:
  • Chargepoint
  • Clipper Creek
  • Sunworks Solar
  • Coast Nissan & BMW
  • PG&E
  • Foothill Cyclery
  • Boltabout
  • Juiced Bikes

Come early for snacks and drinks catered by SLO Provisions (5:00 to 5:45) and plan to stay for the whole program which ends at 8:00. We will be raffling off some cool prizes that the vendors have donated!

Seats are limited. Registration required!

Registered Attendees

There are currently 43 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Bolt 2
Tesla Model 3 2
Ford Focus Electric 1
Kia Soul EV 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Tesla Model S 1
Toyota Prius Prime 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 1
Volvo XC90 AWD PHEV 1
9 Models 11

Registered attendees report 220,700 electric miles driven.

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