National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
EV Ride & Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA
Oct 02, 2021

Day: Saturday, October 2, 2021 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT
Location: Madonna Inn
100 Madonna Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2021.

Event Report

The San Luis Obispo community showed up to celebrate National Drive Electric Week at Saturday's "EV Ride and Drive" at the Madonna Inn from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. With the SLO Climate Coalition as lead organizer, they teamed up with the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, SLO County Air Pollution Control District, Central Coast Community Energy and Community Environmental Council to promote and run the event.

A local car dealership, Alfano Motors, provided six electric cars for test drives that allowed for than 50 people to experience first hand the joys of driving electric. Motion Madness of Fresno and Pismo Beach provided several electric bikes and trikes for test rides in the parking lot. Around 30 people tried them out. Over 20 EV owners brought their electric cars and bikes to show-and-tell at the event. And as the event was staged in the same parking lot as a Tesla Supercharger site, many Tesla owners joined in to talk to fellow EV owners, compare vehicles, and answer questions about there cars.

At noon, several local community leaders spoke to the gathering. City Councilmember, Jan Marx, shared her experience driving an Hyundai Kona and talked about the City of SLO's efforts to install more public chargers and make it easier to use an e-bike to get around town. PG&E Meteorologist, John Lindsey, explained how EVs are not only zero-emission, but are also about 4 times more energy efficient than gas-powered vehicles. Former Mayor Heidi Harmon was there to capture the event on a live stream on her Instagram account and had a message of her own for the audience. She encouraged everyone to get assistance from to help them take advantage of the numerous financial incentives that are available for EV buyers.

A local group, "Tableware Share", staffed the refreshment tables and provided reusable cups, plates and napkins to help reduce the amount of waste that is typically generated by an event such as this. They served coffee and breakfast burritos to everyone who brought a car or bike to show and to all who signed up to take a test drive.

photo by: SLO Climate Coalition
The EV Ride & Drive event was held at Madonna Inn, sharing a parking lot with a Tesla Supercharger. Six EVs (on the left) were available for test drives and EV owners brought their cars and bikes to show (on the right)

More photos from this event.

Event Description


San Luis Obispo's 4th annual EV Ride & Drive will be held again at Madonna Inn.

Check out a wide variety of electric cars, bikes, and scooters, many of which will be available for a test drive or ride. EV owners will be on hand to answer your questions and talk about the joys of driving and riding electric. Snacks and drinks will be served. The first 75 test drivers will receive a free brunch (breakfast burrito or sandwich, cookie, and a drink)

Funding for this event provided by 

Other events include 2 webinars and an EV Showcase:

  • Webinar: Cars are Overrated: e-Bikes, Buses, and Box Trucks, Oh My! Saturday, Sept. 25 @ 11:00 am
    • Organized by NDEW folks in Santa Monica, this first of a series will focus on e-bikes. "E-biking 101: A panel with leading spokespeople to help get you moving on two wheels! This expert panel will touch on everything from cycle logistics to city planning to transportation policy to equity issues." 
  • Webinar: EV 101 Tuesday, September 28 @ 7:00 pm
    • Learn the basics about electric vehicles from CEC’s Director of Energy and Climate Programs, Michael Chiacos. If you’ve been thinking about making the switch to electric, make sure you join the discussion to find out about charging, range, and purchasing options.
  • In Person: Electrify Your Life Showcase at the SLO Farmer's Market, Thursday, Sept. 30 @ 6:00 pm
    • This event will not only showcase electric vehicles, but also provide ideas and information on programs to help folks reduce their carbon footprint. Local experts and EV owners will be available to answer questions and discuss the many advantages of a fully electric lifestyle. 

Registered Attendees

There are currently 174 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 5
Chevrolet Bolt 4
Hyundai KONA Electric 4
Tesla Model 3 4
Tesla Model Y 4
Chevrolet Volt 2
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 2
Other Plug-In Vehicle 2
Tesla Model S 2
BMW i3 1
Fiat 500e 1
Ford C-MAX Energi 1
Ford Fusion Energi 1
Hyundai Sonata Plug-In 1
Kia Niro Electric 1
Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid 1
Tesla Model X 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 1
18 Models 38

Registered attendees report 939,763 electric miles driven.

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