National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Courtenay, BC
Sep 21, 2019

Day: Saturday, September 21, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11AM - 2PM
Location: Simms Millenium Park
5th Street
Courtenay, BC V9N 3N7
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2019.

Event Report

Drive Electric: EV Show & Shine and Test Drive event on Saturday, September 21 in Simms Millennium Park was a huge success! 700 people came by or participated, with 22 display electric vehicles in the Show and Shine, 30 test drives of electric cars (2 Bolts, a Leaf and an e-Golf). Many people took e-Bike test rides with Amped Rides and lots of children test drove the mini Tesla.

A great start to the day was an early brunch at the Wandering Moose Cafe for 17 EV owners in 11 cars. We shared a coffee and donuts before all parading slowly down (as in downhill) to the Show and Shine Event. A 6-mile, 500-foot descent meant we all gained energy and range on the way, and our estimate (actual readings from some cars) of the total energy recuperated was 5 kilowatt hours out of a total potential energy loss of about 13 kWhs (500 feet and 22 tons of EVs and passengers). 

The biggest excitement around any EV was actually the Radio Flyer Model S, which kept over a dozen kids entertained for over 3 hours. We ran through approximately 180 watt hours of mini-EV battery power keeping them entertained. 

Our Show and Shine consisted of: 
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Tesla Model X
  • Tesla Model S (2)
  • Tesla Model 3 (6)
  • Hyundai Kona (3)
  • Mercedes e-Smart 
  • Chevrolet Bolt (2)
  • Kia Soul 
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Hyundai Ionic (arrived at the end)
  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Motorino e-Trike
  • e-Trike for sale

Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells and councillor Will Cole-Hamilton attended, along with press coverage from 97.3 The Eagle, The Record and CHEK News. The Mayor visited and talked about how he was to attend the annual convention of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, which featured several discussions on the future of urban transportation. He seemed visible impressed with the number and variety of EVs present. 

photo by: Ron Pogue
Drive Electric: EV Show and Shine and Test Drive Event in Courtenay BC, Saturday, September 21.

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Event Description


Show and Shine, Test Drives, and Picnic on National Drive Electric Week

The Comox Valley Electric Vehicle Association and Emotive BC invite the public to attend our Drive Electric Comox Valley: EV Show & Shine and Test Drive Event from 11 am - 2 pm, Saturday, September 21 in Simm's Park, Courtenay, BC, off 5th Street between the 5th Street Bridge and Comox Road.  We will also be holding a Comox Valley EV parade beforehand, starting at the Wandering Moose Cafe in Cumberland at 10 am, and wandering through Courtenay and Comox before arriving--to considerable applause--at Simms Park.

From tried and true Nissan Leafs and Tesla Model S’s to the newest Chevy Bolts, Kia Niros, and Tesla Model 3s, we’ll have a wide range of vehicles to see. E-bikes and e-scooters are equally welcome and will be on display to show all manner of getting around using low-carbon, renewable energy. 

Come celebrate National Drive Electric Week in the Comox Valley.

The event is free to attend and is a BYO picnic. We will also have a food trailer on site, the ever-popular Baba Ganoush. Attendees can talk to EV owners, learn about rebates and test drive a Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf or VW eGolf. 

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

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Registered Attendees

There are currently 39 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 5
Other Plug-In Vehicle 3
Tesla Model S 2
Chevrolet Bolt 1
Chevy Spark EV 1
Hyundai KONA Electric 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 1
Tesla Model X 1
9 Models 16

Registered attendees report 477,161 electric miles driven.

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