National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
EV 101 - Everything you need to know to drive electric
Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 02, 2020

Note: This is an online only event with no physical location.
Day: Friday, October 2, 2020 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 12-1 pm
Audience: Santa Barbara, CA, Local Area
Panelists: Michael Chiacos, Barry Rands
Host: Community Environmental Council
Recording: view the recorded presentation.
Topics: EV 101
Cost of Ownership
Driving Experience
Environmental Benefits
Home Charging
Local Public Charging
Road Trips
Used EVs
Workplace Charging
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2020.

Event Report

On Friday, October 2nd Community Environmental Council and SLO Climate Coalition held an EV 101 webinar. Michael Chiacos, Director of Energy and Climate Programs from CEC and Barry Rands, Green Transportation Specialist from SLO Climate presented. Over 200 people registered and learned about the basics of owning an EV, including information on types of EVs, charging, incentives and other topics. The webinar is viewable at

photo by: Community Environmental Council
Community Environmental Council's EV 101 webinar

Event Description


COVID-19 disruptions have pushed personal transportation to an all-time low – instigating what hopefully will be some permanent shifts in our telecommuting habits. While it may seem counterintuitive to be investing in a new or used car at this moment, global impacts to the auto industry and plentiful incentives mean that affordable, more efficient electric vehicles are now more accessible than ever.

Join CEC's Director of Energy and Climate Programs, Michael Chiacos, and Barry Rands, SLO Climate Coalition’s Green Transportation Specialist – both EV owners and industry experts – to learn which 100+ mpge electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid might be best for you.

We will discuss financial incentives, charging, range, and how to pair home solar with your EV for maximum savings. Find out how to stack incentives and purchase a new EV for the price of a Toyota Corolla, and used EVs for as little as $5,000. Learn how to save $50,000 on gas with an investment of $6,000 on solar panels.

Together, we can move the Central Coast region away from fossil fuels in one generation.

Michael Chiacos – Energy & Climate Program Director, Community Environmental Council
Barry Rands – Green Transportation Specialist, SLO Climate Coalition

Registered Attendees

There are currently 25 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 2
Chevrolet Bolt 1
Chevrolet Volt 1
Hyundai Sonata Plug-In 1
Kia Soul EV 1
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 1
Tesla Model Y 1
7 Models 8

Registered attendees report 113,100 electric miles driven.

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