National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Huntington Beach, CA
Sep 20, 2014

Day: Saturday, September 20, 2014 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10am - 4pm
Location: City Beach
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy (across from Hyatt)
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2014.

Event Report

Matthew Harper - Mayor Huntington Beach
Joe Shaw - Mayor Pro Tempore
Ed Kjaer - SCE Director Transportation Electrification
Jeff Clark - 2 time Pikes Peak Champ
Kitty Adams - Executive Director, Adopt a Charger
Scott Dupont - Filmmaker, "What is The Electric Car"
Linda Nicholes - co-founder and past president of Plug In America

BMWi NA gifted Mayor Harper a $7500 Level 3 Public Charger for the City of Huntington Beach
Mitsubishi Motors North America donated $200 to Plug In America

Every Plug In model for sale in California was represented including Nissan Leaf, Porsche Panamera, Tesla Model S, BMW i3 & i8, Chevrolet Volt & Spark, Ford Focus EV, Fusion Energi & C-Max Energi, Toyota Plug In Prius & RAV4 EV, Fiat 500e, Smart ED, Cadillac ELR, Mitsubishi I-MIEV, Mercedes Benz B-Class, 17 models in all. Unreleased models were also represented including Kia Soul EV, Volkswagen eGolf and BYD e6. Never before accomplished, the largest Plug In expo ever!

81% ICE attendance

photo by: Tim Temple
Mayor Matthew Harper, Tom Penich(BMWi NA)

Event Description


What Are Plug-in Vehicles?

They let you charge up and drive on electricity. They can be fully electric, or plug-in hybrids which let you use a traditional fuel as well. Electricity..

  • gives you more power instantly,
  • is cheaper, and
  • can be made at your home, using solar

Why This Event?

You could drive all over town visiting auto dealers to see just a few models, but why? Plug In To Excitement!..

  • is free for all to attend,
  • has all the models in one place, and
  • is run by drivers for drivers


  • See all of the plug-in cars available on the market or coming soon (even some product debuts)
  • Ride and drive in the cars you like best
  • Learn what's new in residential solar, vehicle charging, car conversions, and more
  • Check out electric race cars, boats, buses, trucks, bikes, skateboards, and conversions
  • Win prizes and awards
  • Enjoy a family-friendly event at a world-class beach
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Day of Event Details

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Enter the city beach via the Beach Blvd. entrance. Be cautious of pedestrians, and mixed beach and event traffic, and please drive slowly and safely.

Parking is $15 without an event parking pass. Event passes must be used before noon. Attendants will direct you to the proper lot.

Help us maintain a clean beach by disposing of all garbage properly.

I’m New to Plug-ins

“Is this for me?”

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No problem. Bring your questions and concerns to our Knowledge Center, and get ready to learn. Common questions include..

  • How far can a plug-in car go?
  • Would I be better off with a full-electric or a plug-in hybrid?
  • How much do these cars cost?
  • What rebates are available?
  • How do I charge it up?
  • How much does it cost to charge up?

I Love Advanced Technology and Design

“Just show me the quickest and best cars available.”

McLaren P1

Whether you’re a designer, builder, modder, or simply a fan of electric technology (which is revolutionizing transportation), there is something for you:

  • See the latest consumer products from Porsche, BMW and Tesla Motors
  • See supercars from McLaren and Kepler
  • Hear about performance and technology directly from reps and drivers

I’m a Kid

“I don’t even have my driver’s license yet.”

ZBoard Electric Skateboard

Have fun with bounce houses, face painting, RC plane demonstrations, and a scavenger hunt.

I’m a Current Driver

“I’m driving electric, but could always use more info.”

Chevrolet Volt

You'll want to register ASAP. As a current driver..

  • you can meet dozens of owners of your same model and make new friends or exchange EV stories and experiences
  • this is a gorgeous venue, but only limited public charging is available. D25 at MyHondaFitEV has compiled a handy list of recommended locations. Please make sure your network accounts (eg. Chargepoint, Wattstation) are active and funded, as many stations now charge by the hour or kWh.

How Can I Help?

Print our flyer and post it around town, and share with your friends, neighbors, and coworkers.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

All the Other Details..

Speakers and Special Guests

Matthew Harper
Matthew Harper
Huntington Beach
Joe Shaw
Joe Shaw
Mayor Pro Tem
Huntington Beach
Edward Kjaer
Edward Kjaer
Kitty Adams
Kitty Adams
Executive Director
Adopt a Charger
Jeff Clark
Jeff Clark
Head of R & D
Hollywood Electrics
Charles Botsford, P.E., M.S.
Charles Botsford, P.E., M.S.

Public Schedule

9:45am Early bird opening (gates open)
10:00am Mayor Harper welcome
10:10am BMW presentation of gift to the City of Huntington Beach
10:30am Opening Addresses
Moderated Panel

Special thanks to organizer Misha Houser (LAEDC).

1:00pm Speakers
3:00pm Raffle; Awards
4:00pm Gates close


The products represented below will be exhibited professionally by corporate or company store teams. Many are presenting professional ride and drives or demos as well to provide the attendees with the most interactive experience possible.

Nissan LEAF
Nissan BladeGlider Concept Car
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
Tesla Motors
Tesla Model S
BMW i3
BMW i8
Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet Spark
Ford Focus Electric
Ford Fusion Energi
Ford C-MAX Energi
Toyota Prius PHV
Toyota RAV4 EV
Fiat 500e
Kia Soul EV
smart electric drive
smart ebike
Cadillac ELR
Mitsubishi Motors
Mitsubishi i-MIEV
Volkswagen e-Golf
Fletcher Jones Motorcars
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
McLaren P1
BYD e6
BYD Electric Bus
HB Scooters
HB Scooters
Brammo Empulse R
Airwheel Smart Unicycle
Wrightspeed Electric Turbine Powertrain
Juicer 36V Citizen
ZBoard Electric Skateboard
Cal State Solar
Cal State Solar
Team Scarab Inc
Team Scarab Kona 17
EV West
EV West
Sullivan Solar Power
Sullivan Solar Power
Center for Sustainable Energy
Center for Sustainable Energy
Solar Energy 911
Solar Energy 911
Zero Motorcycles
Zero Motorcycles
Torklift Central
Eric Luebben
Detroit 62 Cabriolet Electric
Kepler Motion Supercar
nrg eVgo
PowerFilm Solar
PowerFilm Solar
Hollywood Electrics
Hollywood Electrics
Evolve Solar
Evolve Solar
Electric Car Insider
Electric Car Insider
UCI Racecar Engineering
Electric Car Insider
Magic Inmotion
Magic Inmotion
URB-e Commuter & GP

Exhibitor Schedule

4:00am to 10:00am Setup; Vehicle load in
4:00pm to 7:00pm Teardown


We’d like to thank our partners for helping make this event possible.

Accommodations Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
Exhibit Solutions exhibit options
Product Engineering Motivo Engineering
Design Studio Hydra Design Labs
Design Studio California Research & Design
Photography Green Media Drones

Any Questions?

Please contact the event organizers.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 1153 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 51
Chevrolet Volt 27
Tesla Model S 26
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 14
Chevy Spark EV 11
Honda Fit EV 11
Toyota Plug-in Prius 11
BMW i3 9
Fiat 500e 9
Ford C-MAX Energi 9
Ford Focus Electric 8
Other Plug-In Vehicle 8
BMW i3 REx 6
Other 4
Tesla Roadster 4
Toyota RAV4 EV (1997-2003) 4
Fisker Karma 3
Ford Fusion Energi 3
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 2
Zero Motorcycle 2
Cadillac ELR 1
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Vectrix Electric Scooter 1
24 Models 226

Registered attendees report 3,431,030 electric miles driven.

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