National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
San Jose, CA
Sep 08, 2018

Day: Saturday, September 8, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10-4
Location: Reid-Hillview Airport
2500 Cunningham Road
San Jose, CA 95148
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2018.

Event Report

This last minute registration as a NDEW event was to boost our statistics. The San Jose Chapter of the EAA annually participates in the local Airport Day, where the public can come in an get free rides. There were probably 500 cars that parked there with attendees wandering the tarmac, looking at the planes, the antique cars, the hot rods AND THE EVs we brought. There were robotics displays in action, food trucks in the parking lot and a very civil crowd.

One EAA old timer brought his home-made walking horse, pulling a covered carriage driven by a 3 phase motor, totally solar powered. It was a 1 HP bike motor, and room to seat two, with electronic reins to steer, featuring giant 4 foot stagecoach wheels. Crafted for "Burning Man" about 15 years ago, it still attracted many, and the kids loved it.

Our EV display was static because of the heavy pedestrian traffic. Our table had the brochures from Plug In America, and we had various people come by asking about the organization. Lasting from 10-3 we had slow but steady traffic.
On display we had:
1 Tesla Model 3,
1 e-Golf
1 Converted VW Golf (with lithium batteries and functional A/C ).
1 City-El (three-wheeled single seater)
1 2011 Nissan LEAF (on its second battery pack)
1 Chevy Bolt EV

A half dozen attendees drove their EVs (Tesla, Bolt EV, i3 wtc) but parked in the visitor area. They probably came for the airplane rides.
Total event attendance was probably 2-3,000. Unknown, since we were not the organizers.

Event Description


Hot San Jose Nights Drive-In
10th Annual Hot San Jose Nights 
S.T.E.A.M. and Reid-Hillview Airport Day 2018!   
Saturday,  September 8th  from 10am - 4pm  
Reid-Hillview Airport, 2500 Cunningham Ave., San Jose CA 95148 (map) 
EV display and limited test drives will be available
courtesy of the San Jose Chapter of the Electric Auto Association (the other EAA!) Some view the latest in EV technology! 
Calling all Car Participants,  
Vendors, Food Trucks & S.T.E.A.M.!
Sign up today!    
Click here for  Non-Profit Organization Form!
For S.T.E.A.M. 
call Mike  

Please note: if you have already sent in your entry form confirmations are starting to be sent out this week on 8.8.18.  Your cancelled check or credit card payment will also be proof that your entry form has been received.

Hot San Jose Nights will be featuring the award winning "Lord Of The Ribs"! Lord of the Ribs will put on mega huge "BBQ RIB-A- Thon"!!! They have been rated the best ribs on the west coast. Ribs will fire up at 10:30 and go all day long! You won't want to miss out!

Sponsored by Trade Winds Aviation

Trade Winds Aviation will be featuring airplanes on display!  Just a couple of the many airplanes to be seen on display are the Thunder Mustang and the Nakajima B5N!

Thunder Mustang

Nakajima B5N

We'll see you there!
Mike and Susan Henness


Sponsored by Reid-Hillview Airport
Sponsored by Chris Wilder, CEO of the VMC Foundation  
Supported by Dave Cortese, President of Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors 
Supported by Cindy Chavez, District 2 Santa Clara County Supervisor  
Co-Sponsored by Mike and Susan Hennessy

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Registered Attendees

There are currently 7 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model X 1
1 Model 1

Registered attendees report 10,000 electric miles driven.

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