National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Wilsonville, OR
Sep 19, 2015

Day: Saturday, September 19, 2015 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10 AM - 2 PM
Location: Wilsonville Town Center
Lamb's Market parking lot
8255 SW Wilsonville Rd
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2015.

Event Report

Prior to the event we had proclamations from Oregon Governor Brown and Wilsonville Mayor Knapp for Sept 12th-20th to be "Drive Electric Week".
Half of the pre-registrations were not EV owners. We had a large number of attendees seriously researching EV's for immediate or future purchase. Our location also provides a fair amount of "walk-up" traffic so we were able to interact with many people curious about EV's in general.
We will be awarding two "Ultimate Test Drive" prizes this week: Use of a Nissan LEAF for a week courtesy of Platt Auto and a 3 day test drive of an i3 from BMW Portland.
The OSU Solar Trailer arrived with it's 25kWh battery fully charged and the sunshine allowed it to generate 1.8kW from it's solar panels as it charged or off EV's at the show. When they folded up at the end of the event, they had provided power to at least 5 EV's and left with an empty battery.
I believe this to be the largest gathering of EV's ever in Oregon, both by miles and total number.

photo by: Allison Kerley
Nissan LEAF, Honda Fit EV, Chevrolet Spark EV, several Teslas, Think City, VW e-Golf (top left) and many other EV's.

Event Description


Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp
have proclaimed September 12th - 20th, 2015 to be "Drive Electric Week".

Come celebrate with us on Saturday, September 19th!

2014 Evet Photos


Almost every EV available in Oregon - plus e-bikes, scooters and displays on solar and green power

Compare all the current offerings side-by-side without running all over town

Test drive the model(s) you're most interested in (see list below)

The OSU Solar Trailer will be in the parking lot charging EV's from sunshine and providing power to the event

OSU Solar Trailer will recharge EV's at the event



"The Ultimate Test Drive"

Nissan LEAF    BMW i3


·         The use of a Nissan LEAF® SL premium for a week courtesy of Platt Auto

·         A 3 day extended test drive of a BMW i3 courtesy of BMW Portland

Text Electric to 67664 to enter. More info here

Contest hosted by our radio sponsor, KINK 101.9 FM.

Platt Auto     Portland BMW and     KINK 101.9 FM



The many benefits of EV's that owners enjoy

    • FUN
    • Quiet
    • Convenient
    • Easy to maintain
    • Economical
    • Environmentally "Green"

Talk to owners with hundreds of thousands of miles of real world driving experience



All about charging. Members of the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association (OEVA) will have handouts explaining how EV's are charged and lots of first hand experience to share.

    • home charging options (refuel while you sleep - no more gas station lines)
    • public charging
    • what terms like L2, L3, CCS and "Quick Charge" mean

OEVA      and     nrg EVgo

How affordable EV's can be.

    • Leases allow the Federal Tax Credit to be used to effectively reduce the sticker price of the car. There are options below $140 per month, some with zero down.
    • Pre-owned EV's are becoming readily available. Learn what to look for from owners, OEVA members and dealers who specialize in pre-owned EV's.

How you can power your EV (or house) on sunshine.

Solar Oregon will be holding a one hour Workshop on Residential Solar beginning at 12:30 PM. Topics include solar in Oregon's climate, available technologies, and more.

Solar Oregon

More about Solar and Renewable Energy.

PGE Renewable        OSEIA      SolarCity


Already own an EV? Bring it to the event!

Chat and compare notes with other EV owners. Share your enthusiasm and help those exploring EV's understand why we're so passionate about driving them.

Please register so we can allocate space for you. If you are arriving late or need to leave early that's OK. Just let us know and we will accommodate your needs.


Driving an EV (or riding an e-bike or scooter) is the best way to appreciate many of the benefits of driving electric.

Add a comment when you register indicating the vehicle(s) you'd like to test. This will help us get everyone behind the wheel (or handlebars) of their favorite EV.

 Vehicles Available for Test Drives
(check back for updates)

Kia Soul EV
Soul EVWeston Kia

Volkswagon e-Golf Volkswagon

Herzog-Meier Volkswagon

smart fortwo
fortwo electric drive 

smart center of portland

Mercedes B-ClassMercedes-Benz
B-Class Electric Drive

 Mercedes Wilsonville

Spark EV
Spark EV

Wilsonville Chevrolet

 Fiat 500e

Tonkin Fiat

Focus Electric 
Focus Electric

Landmark Ford

Nissan LEAF

Tonkin Wilsonville Nissan

 BMW i3
i3 & i3 REx

BMW of  Portland

Chevy Volt Chevrolet

Wilsonville Chevrolet

Fusion Energi 
Fusion Energi

Landmark Ford

C-MAx Energi
C-Max Energi

Landmark Ford

Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Gladstone Mitsubishi

 GenZe 2.0



Evo Jet Standard
Easy Motion

Cynergy E-Bikes

 Path 15 e-bike
E3 Path+

Cynergy E-Bikes

 Sport E95

Cynergy E-Bikes

GenZe e-bikes






To the dealers & manufacturers listed above that are providing vehicles to test.

To the other companies and organizations that are taking time to be here and share information.

A special word of thanks to the following local sponsors who are providing financial or other support:

Lamb's Market                KINK 101.9 FM    

I-5 Exit 283 (SW Wilsonville Road)

West for about 1/2 mile - Wilsonville Town Center and Lamb's Market will be on your left

Registered Attendees

There are currently 196 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 13
Tesla Model S 13
Chevy Spark EV 6
Honda Fit EV 3
BMW i3 2
BMW i3 REx 2
Chevrolet Volt 2
Fiat 500e 2
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive 2
Think City 2
EV Conversion 1
Ford Focus Electric 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Solectria Sunrise 1
Tesla Roadster 1
Toyota Plug-in Prius 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 1
Volkswagen e-Golf 1
18 Models 55

Registered attendees report 1,066,267 electric miles driven.

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