National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Columbia, SC
Sep 20, 2014

Day: Saturday, September 20, 2014 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Lincoln Street Garage
820 Washington Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2014.

Event Report

2012 Jeopardy! Kids Week Champion, Josiah Washington, was thrilled to ride in the Tesla Model S. The now 14 year old, who wants to be a roller coaster engineer, threw his hands in the air as if on a roller coaster when Tesla owner, Alan Buck, gave a brief demonstration of the Model S' acceleration.

photo by: Russell Fauver
Earliest EV 1999 Solectria Force with 63,499 miles

Event Description


This event is FREE and open to the public!  Parking is free in the garage. 

Parking Notes:

  • Exit gates will remain open from the start of the event until 3 p.m. The entrance gates will be down, but pulling a ticket will open the gates. This is necessary for any other parking patrons who leave after three and will need a ticket to exit.
  • The City will move all their vehicles and we should have the entire East Side of the Garage Level 1 for Electric Vehicles and displays.  There should be plenty of parking throughout the other levels of the garage.

All sponsorship proceeds, above the actual cost of the event (i.e.  Event banners, T-shirts, Event giveaways, Information packet supplies) will be donated to the following organization:

Why Drive Electric?

Save Money

Plug-in vehicles are easier and cheaper to refuel
Electric vehicles are cheaper to maintain
Reduce Oil Dependence
"Nearly 40% of the oil we use is imported ... Most of the world's oil reserves are concentrated in the Middle East.  And about 72% are controlled by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members." more
Increase Energy Sustainability
"Sustainable energy use meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their energy needs." more
Reduce Climate Change
Each gallon of gasoline you burn creates 20 pounds of CO2

Learn more about ...

Make / Model DrivetrainDescription (from Vehicle Tracker)

Nissan Leaf
EV The Nissan LEAF was built from the ground up to be an EV. It is a 5-seater, 4-door hatchback based on Versa/Tida platform. The LEAF has an 80kW electric motor...

Chevrolet Volt
PHEV GM's EREV, extended range electric vehicle, with a 16.5kWh Li-ion battery from LG Chem, giving the Volt a 38 mi all electric range and 379 mi total range.

Mitsubishi i
EV The Mitsubishi i is one of the most efficient passenger vehicles in North America, rated at 112 MPGe. The 'i' is powered by a 47kW AC synchronous motor and a 16-kWh Li-ion battery pack...

Ford Fusion Energi
PHEV The Ford Fusion Energi is the plug-in hybrid version of the 2013 Ford Fusion. The Fusion Energy is powered by the Fusion Hybrid's 2.0 L engine along with a LiIon battery pack.

BMW i3 REx
PHEV The i3 will be BMW's first production electric vehicle. It is a 4-door hatchback weighs only 2,600 lbs, thanks to it's carbon fiber body and aluminum chassis

Tesla Model S
EV The Model S is a new ground-up 4-door, 7-seat sedan built by California EV startup Tesla Motors. It's range will be based on battery options of 208 miles and 265 miles...

Ford C-Max Energi
PHEV The Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid version of the Ford C-Max. The C-Max Energi can drive in all electric mode up to 75 mph and has a range of over of over 600 miles...

All in one location at one time.  Experience plug-in cars for yourself.

Nearby Charging Stations

Level 2
820 Washington Street
2 0.00 38301
1100 Lady Street
2 0.24 43459
1100 Washington Street
2 0.25 38299
1100 Taylor
2 0.32 38298
1007 Park Street
3 0.35 38306
703 Pendleton Street
2 0.39 48637
1600 Assembly Street
2 0.40
1812 Lincoln Street
2 0.45 38300
1400 Sumter Street
2 0.47 43458
1227 Taylor Street
2 0.60
More about City of Columbia Parking Facilities

Proposed Ride and Drive route.

Proposed Ride and Drive Route
I have tested this route and it is 1.1 miles (mostly right turns) and takes less than 5 minutes.  Be careful with your speed coming up Hampton Street we will be in front of the Police Headquarters!  You may alter your route if you like.

National Drive Electric Week on Prime Time National TV

The Weather Channel featured three short pieces about Electric Vehicles and National Drive Electric Week.


Segment 1:

Segment 2:

Segment 3:


Thanks to our partners.  Without their help this event would not be possible

City of Columbia
City of Columbia
Dick Smith Nissan
Dick Smith Nissan
BMW of Columbia
BMW of Columbia

Love Chevy

Love Mitsubishi

Special thanks to
Michael Criss organizer of Town of Blythewood Electric Vehicle Demo Day
James Haberberger City Captain for Drive Electric Week Event - Bluffton

Registered Attendees

There are currently 53 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Volt 4
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 2
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 2
BMW i3 REx 1
Ford C-MAX Energi 1
Ford Fusion Energi 1
Solectria Sunrise 1
Tesla Model S 1
8 Models 13

Registered attendees report 161,103 electric miles driven.

Presented By

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

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Green Level Sponsor

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

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