National Drive Electric Week

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.
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Santa Maria Town Center West
201 Town Center West
Santa Maria, CA 93458
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2018.

Event Report

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.

Event Description


Sunday, September 16th 2018, 10:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m at the Santa Maria Town Center West (201 Town Center West, Santa Maria, CA 93458).

If you are curious about electric vehicles and want to learn more, join Community Environmental Council at the FOOD CO Fiesta Patrias Celebration presented by SMAT and hosted by Emerald Wave Media. Local dealerships are bringing 12 plug-in electric vehicles that highlight the diverse plug-in electric models available today.

If you're an EV owner living in the Santa Maria area, register to showcase your vehicle at the event. To  bring your car, click the blue 'Register' button at the top of this page. This is a great opportunity to share your experience and help more community members transition into cleaner plug-in electric vehicles. We need all participating EV owners to register before Thursday, September 13. 

Please note: we need participants to arrive on time at 10:45 a.m. since we have only been given 15 minutes to stage vehicles before the event begins at 11:00 a.m. The California Highway Patrol will not let vehicles into the event after 11:00 a.m. For more information about logistics and load-in, please see this Google Doc:

National Drive Electric Week is presented by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association. The National Drive Electric Week 2018 national sponsors are the Nissan LEAF (exclusive automotive sponsor) and ClipperCreek.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 2 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 1
1 Model 1

Registered attendees report 7,000 electric miles driven.

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Drive Electric USA logo

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All NDEW 2024 sponsors support Plug In America's coordination of National Drive Electric Week.

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