National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Southwest Florida
Sarasota, FL
Sep 29, 2013

Day: Sunday, September 29, 2013 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Mote Marine Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2013.

Event Report

City of Sarasota Mayor Shannon Snyder
Chair of the Sarasota County Commission Carolyn Mason

Both read their respective proclamations for National Plug In Day

Event Description


The Hampton Inn is offering a discounted rate for the Electric Vehicle Expo: $89.00, the link for this is below.  They also have four (4) Level 2 charging stations available!


Stephanie Merrithew

Director of Sales


Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/Bradenton Airport

975 University Parkway

Sarasota, FL 34243


p: (941) 355-8140

f:  (941) 359-2939



Official Press Release

National Plug in Day to “Electrify the Island” at Mote

Sept. 29 celebration will feature electric vehicles, sustainable technology, discount Mote admission


Electric vehicles and other eco-friendly technologies will show their power during “Electrify the Island”: the Sarasota-based festival for the nationwide celebration National Plug In Day.


This free event will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, on the grounds of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium on City Island, Sarasota. Mote is a world-class marine science and education institution that launched a Sustainable Energy Initiative in 2012 to enhance the Lab’s environmentally sound practices.


Electrify the Island will feature a plug-in electric vehicle (EV) expo, ride-and-drive sessions that allow visitors to test some of the sleekest EVs around, including cars from Tesla, Ford, Chevrolet and Nissan, along with vendors focused on sustainability and energy efficiency, educational booths, great food and a special discount at The Aquarium at Mote.

  • Full details for the public and news media below.
  • To sponsor this event or become a vendor, contact Nigel Mould at 941-400-0548, or contact Chris Sharek at 941-915-6003,
  • To RSVP your EV for display and/or a post-event rally (drive to a local beach restaurant), contact Larry Chanin at


At noon on Sept. 29, Sarasota Mayor Shannon Snyder will present a city proclamation honoring the local event, which will be followed by remarks from Mote Trustee Nigel Mould, event Co-Chair.

This is the second National Plug In Day celebration held in Sarasota, following last year’s energizing success of Electrify the Circle — a major EV celebration on Florida’s Suncoast. This year’s event will spark even more enthusiasm as part of the coast-to-coast national celebration involving 70 locations across the U.S. Together, these events aim to draw global attention to the environmental and economic benefits of plug-in EVs. 


Electrify the Island is possible thanks to national partners Plug In America, Sierra Club and Electric Auto Association, along with local partners City of Sarasota, Sarasota County and Mote.


Registered Attendees

There are currently 78 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Volt 8
Tesla Model S 7
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 5
Other 3
Chevy Spark EV 1
Toyota Plug-in Prius 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 1
7 Models 26

Registered attendees report electric miles driven.

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