National Drive Electric Week
Santa Maria, CA
Sep 16, 2018
|Day:||Sunday, September 16, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.|
|Location:||Santa Maria, CA
We had a static showcase of plug-in electric vehicles at the Santa Maria Fiesta Patrias celebration on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 12 noon to 5pm. The event was held in the parking lot of the Santa Maria Town Center West mall. A total of 6 local car dealerships brought vehicles to the event, including a Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, Hyundai Ioniq, and Toyota Prius Plug-in Prime, and Honda Clarity BEV and PHEV. Only one local EV owner signed up to participate in the event and displayed their Tesla Model 3.
This event highlighted the need for more Spanish-language outreach, including NDEW handouts that are in both Spanish and English. More than 60 percent of all households in the City of Santa Maria speak Spanish at home according to 2013-2017 US Census data and more than 95 percent of all the people we spoke with at the 2018 Fiesta Patrias event spoken Spanish as their primary language. Despite the language barriers, we had more nearly 25 one-on-one interactions with families that wanted more information about EVs. Our staff were able to provide one Spanish-language flyer that Community Environmental Council created for the launch of Electric Drive 805, our regional PEV collaborative. However, we did not have a Spanish-speaking staff member on hand. In many cases, young adults and children in the families translated between English and Spanish.
The event is pending. Please visit the Attend page to find other National Drive Electric Week events.