National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Berkeley, CA
Sep 14, 2019

Day: Saturday, September 14, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11am - 3pm
Location: Civic Center Park
1940 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2019.

Event Report


Our annual Ride Electric event, held in conjunction with the Ecology Center’s Saturday Downtown Farmers’ Market, gets bigger each year, with more registrants, attendees, plug-in drivers, and e-bike enthusiasts!  We continued our focus on affordability, showcasing programs such as BAAQMD’s Clean Cars for All, and other resources for lower-income drivers. Our one challenge was finding enough parking for all the local EV owners who came out to share their love of plug-in vehicles!

356 people registered in advance, of which 71 were EV owners, representing 24 different plug-in vehicles. This is an increase of almost 90 registrants from 2018, and 200 registrants from 2017, our first NDEW event.

An estimated 300-500 people attended in total.

8 staff and 2 volunteers (representing the El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee) worked on the event day: set-up and take down, monitoring bounce house, greeting attendees, etc.

12 additional volunteers (including agency staff) hosted 8 info tables: Ecology Center, City of Berkeley Office of Sustainability, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition Electrification Working Group, City of El Cerrito’s Environmental Quality Committee, East Bay Community Energy, League of Women Voters Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, NorCal Solar, and the Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter.

2 entities hosted the event, contributing staff time, funds and promotional resources (the City of Berkeley and the non-profit Ecology Center), and an additional 4 Cities (El Cerrito, Albany, Oakland and Alameda) supported/ promoted the event.

4 additional community organizations helped with event promotion: 350 Bay Area, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, League of Women Voters Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, and NorCal Solar.

4 local auto dealerships participated (Albany Subaru, San Leandro Nissan, Toyota of Berkeley and Weatherford BMW), displaying the latest all electric and plug-in hybrid models.

2 local bicycle stores (Pacific E-Bike and Spokes Bike Lounge) displayed almost a dozen different e-bikes.

An estimated 40 plug-in enthusiasts showcased a range of vehicles, including a zero-emission pick-up truck and motorcycle.

photo by: Rebecca Milliken
Mark Miner (left) and Beth Molnar (right), City of El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee Volunteers

Event Description



Discover the latest electric cars & e-bikes

Talk to local EV owners

Find resources for purchasing, leasing, rebates & discounts

Bring the kids! Clean energy bounce house

Berkeley 100% Electric Picture

Walking distance from Downtown Berkeley BART Station

Grab lunch at the Farmers' Market

Free, reserved parking for EV owners available on Allston Way


BAAQMD Clean Cars for All, CHDC Transportation Program, East Bay Community EnergyLeague of Women Voters, NorCal Solar, Sierra Club
and more... 

Albany Subaru, McKevitt Fiat, San Leandro Nissan, Toyota of Berkeley, Weatherford BMW


Cities of Berkeley, El Cerrito, Albany, Oakland & Alameda, and the Ecology Center

Registered Attendees

There are currently 356 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Bolt 16
Tesla Model 3 11
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 6
Other Plug-In Vehicle 5
Tesla Model S 5
Fiat 500e 3
Chevrolet Volt 2
Ford Focus Electric 2
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 2
Smart fortwo electric drive 2
Tesla Model X 2
Volkswagen e-Golf 2
Zero Motorcycle 2
Audi A3 e-tron 1
BMW i3 1
Chevy Spark EV 1
Ford Fusion Energi 1
Ford Ranger EV (1997-2003) 1
Honda Accord Plug-In 1
Honda Clarity Battery Electric 1
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 1
Hyundai KONA Electric 1
Kia Niro Electric 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 1
24 Models 71

Registered attendees report 4,264,851 electric miles driven.

Presented By

Plugin America logo
Electric Vehicle Association logo
Sierra Club logo
EVHybridNoire logo
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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