National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Columbia, SC
Sep 21, 2019

Day: Saturday, September 21, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 9am - 1pm
Location: Soda City Market
Main St and Hampton St
Columbia, SC 29201
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2019.

Event Report

Drive Electric Columbia partnered with a local, weekly festival that regularly draws a couple thousand members of the general public to Main St..  Craft vendors, food trucks and buskers fill the sidewalks each Saturday morning.  By partnering with an existing event, we are able to significantly reduce our marketing spend and only focus on incrementally increasing attendance by advertising to car fans who would otherwise not attend Soda City.  Local EV and plug-in hybrid owners are encouraged to register and display their car or offer rides to the public.

Dealers are invited to sponsor the event ($250 standard sponsorship and $2,500 for prime sponsorship).  They display a car(s), a tent and can offer test rides, if they choose to do so.  Funds are applied to marketing, hats for volunteers, insurance, PA equipment rental and the remainder is donated to local charities and non-profits.

photo by: Alan Buck
Main and Hampton St, Columbia SC, September 21, 2019. Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-PACE, Porsche Cayenne.

Event Description


Part car show, Part science fair, Part tailgate party

Come to Columbia's 6th annual Drive Electric Week Event Saturday, September 21, 2019 on Main St and Hampton St, Columbia, SC 29201 from 9am - 1pm.  

We'll have plug-in cars including Jaguar i-Pace, BMW i3, Tesla Model S, 3, X, Chevrolet Bolt and Volt, Audi e-Tron, Nissan LEAF, and many others. Private car owners will share their experiences and show their cars.  Dealers will have brand new plug-ins available for your review!  Plus, this year's event being adjacent to Soda City Market means many lunch options will be available.  Again this year, all proceeds from sponsorships will go to local charities, so come and join us for a kid friendly, educational, community event.

Please register to attend using the button at the top of this page.

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Where to Charge?

The City of Columbia has at least two Level 2 J1772 charging stations at all City Parking Garages. Below is a list of charging stations close to our venue.

Station Name Street Address City EV Connector Types Access Days Time
Cola - Washington Street Garage 1100 Washington St Columbia J1772 Garage business hours; pay lot
Cola - Sumter Street Garage 1400 Sumter St Columbia J1772 Garage business hours; pay lot
Richland Library 1431 Assembly St Columbia CHADEMO J1772COMBO 24 hours daily; EVgo network subscription and key fob required
Cola - Cannon Garage 1100 Taylor St Columbia J1772 24 hours daily; pay lot
Cola - Lady Street Garage 1100 Lady St Columbia J1772 Garage business hours; pay lot
Cola - Lincoln Street Garage 820 Washington St Columbia J1772 Garage business hours; pay lot
Cola - Arsenal Hill Garage 1812 Lincoln St Columbia J1772 Garage business hours; pay lot
Cola - Park Street Garage 1007 Park St Columbia J1772 Garage business hours; pay lot
U of SC - Senate Street Garage 1025 Henderson St Columbia J1772 24 hours daily
U of SC - Discovery Garage 821 Park St Columbia J1772 24 hours daily
U of SC - Bull Street Garage 611 Bull St Columbia J1772 24 hours daily
U of SC - Horizon Garage 519 Main St Columbia J1772 24 hours daily
U of SC - Sumter Street Garage 501 Sumter St Columbia J1772 24 hours daily
South Carolina Electric Co-op 808 Knox Abbott Dr Cayce J1772 24 hours daily
Love Auto Group 1255 Knox Abbott Dr Columbia J1772 24 hours daily
Greenlots - 63106 110 McSwain Dr West Columbia CHADEMO J1772COMBO 24 hours daily
BMW OF COLUMBIA 5919 Two Notch Rd Columbia J1772 24 hours daily

Registered Attendees

There are currently 90 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 9
Chevrolet Volt 3
Chevrolet Bolt 2
Jaguar I-Pace 2
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 2
Tesla Model S 2
Zero Motorcycle 2
Cadillac ELR 1
Chevy Spark EV 1
Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid 1
EV Conversion 1
Fiat 500e 1
Ford C-MAX Energi 1
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 1
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 1
Other Plug-In Vehicle 1
Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid 1
17 Models 32

Registered attendees report 677,965 electric miles driven.

Presented By

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

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

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