National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Monterey Bay
Capitola, CA
Sep 21, 2014

Day: Sunday, September 21, 2014 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 12 Noon-4:00 pm
Location: Capitola Mall
1855 41st Ave., Parking Lot
Capitola, CA 95010
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2014.

Event Report

Michael Termini, Capitola City Councilman; John Leopold, County of Santa Cruz Supervisor; and Stella, the world's first solar-powered family car with the solar team from the Eindhoven University
of Technology in The Netherlands; Lex Hoefsloot, Team Leader of Solar Team Eindhoven; and Peter van Deventer, Diplomatic Liaison and Director of Coast to Coast e-Mobility; and, Ron Freund, Chairman, Electric Auto Association. Debbie Hale, Transportation Agency of Monterey County; Jim Howes, Assistant Superintendent,ROP, Santa Cruz County Schools; Lynn Robinson, Mayor, City of Santa Cruz; and Jay Friedland, Plug In America Legislative Director

Event Description




Monterey  Bay

Sunday, Sept. 21   12 - 4 PM

Capitola Mall Parking lot, 1855 41st Avenue

Electric Vehicle Display By Owners, EV Retailers & Test Drives

See  Stella - World's 1st Solar Family Car from the Netherlands   

Solar Information & Displays (solar sound system, slot car races & solar cookies)

Kids' Fun Zone  *  Music  *  Food  *  Free Raffle Drawing

Information about EVs, EV Charging Stations, Local Non-profits


2:00 pm Program:   Recognition of Electric Vehicle Community Leaders and Presentation about Solar Car

3:00 pm Free Raffle Prize Drawing - including Tesla merchandise and more

Bring the whole family for fun, music, food, and information!


 Stella – the World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car, designed and built by Eindhoven University of Technology students in the Netherlands, will be on display at our event. Stella is the world's first 'energy positive' car that seats four, 

can travel 420 miles on a sunny day, creates TWICE as much energy as it uses, and was winner of last year's World Solar Challenge. The university students who built her will explain the technology – both electric power and solar - at the 2:00 Program. 

Stella will arrive in Venice, CA to kick off National Drive Electric Week. She will drive up Highway 1 with a brief stop in Carmel, then go to Cupertino for the Saturday, Sept 20th Electric Auto Association of Silicon Valley's 42nd EV Rally where organizers are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most EVs assembled. Next day, Sun, Sept 21st we will have the pleasure of Stella at the Monterey Bay event in Capitola, Santa Cruz County. Along the way, Stella will visit with the Stanford solar car team, the California State Government in Sacramento and end in San Francisco with the Consulate General of the Netherlands on Monday, Sept 22 for a Media Event. 

Follow Stella's progress at:

Registered Attendees

There are currently 48 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 5
Chevrolet Volt 2
Tesla Model S 2
Think City 2
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 2
Fiat 500e 1
6 Models 14

Registered attendees report 174,728 electric miles driven.

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