National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Columbia, SC
Sep 19, 2015

Day: Saturday, September 19, 2015 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Whole Foods Market Columbia
702 Cross Hill Road
Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29205-2084
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2015.

Event Report

Held the event at Whole Foods Market with vendors and sponsors under a 20' X 30' tent. Whole Foods set up the Giving Grill which offered $5 hamburgers and hot dogs with proceeds going to our two non-profit benefactors (Keep the Midlands Beautiful and the Landrum Washington Scholarship Fund).

photo by: Bill Buck
All volunteers for our event: Mike Anderson Jonathan Hewitt David Mitchell Edward Colie Tony Smith Alan Buck Kayla Hewitt Elaine Cooper Donald Griggs Paulo van Nuremburg Jonathan Vaught Dr. Anthony Stewart Phillip Washington Dallene Smith Michael James Isaiah Jones Mike Switzer

Event Description


Columbia's Electric Tailgate Party is FREE and open to the public!  Come join us and check out a variety of electric cars and plug-in hybrids.

While you're here:

  • Go for a dealer test drive
  • Take a test ride with volunteer drivers
  • Learn about local nonprofits
  • Check out our event sponsors
  • Gather info about EVs & local charging stations
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch offered by Whole Foods through their Giving Grill: Whole Foods employees will be grilling food with all proceeds going to our non-profit partners.

For more info please visit our Facebook page using the link below:
NDEW - Columbia, SC Facebook Event Page
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National Drive Electric Week Event - Columbia

Come see these models up close ...

Make / Model DrivetrainDescription (from Vehicle Tracker)

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.

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...

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...

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...

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
PHEV The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid version of Porsche’s Panamera sedan. It is powered by the same 333 horsepower 3.0L V6 engine and a 96 horsepower electric motor found in the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which can take the sedan from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. The 9.4kWh battery pack will power the Panamera S E-Hybrid up to 15 miles at up to 84 miles per hour.

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...

Zero SR

Capable of doing 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds with a top speed of over 100 mph using direct drive, the Zero SR offers spirited riders an edge in competitive riding. The only motorcycle in the lineup available in red, the tank section of the motorcycle is highlighted with a sophisticated “Zero SR” emblem and the tail section features the motor controller with a bold and elegantly designed heat sink.
Description from

... All in one location at one time! 

Also get information about ...

Made in South Carolina!DrivetrainDescription (from

Proterra Catalyst
40 foot Electric Bus


Excerpt from Proterra website:
"In 2011, we moved our headquarters and manufacturing plant to Greenville, SC. Our close proximity to Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) gives Proterra access to tremendous research and development resources. Our headquarters are located in South Carolina and the sales and marketing team operates from the new office in the San Francisco Bay Area, the technology capital of America."
This Vehicle will not be on site this year.

Experience plug-in cars vehicles for yourself.

Why Drive Electric?

Save Money

Plug-in vehicles are easier and cheaper to refuel
Electric vehicles are cheaper to maintain
Reduce Oil Dependence
"Around one-third of the oil we use is imported, costing our economy roughly $192 billion annually ... Most of the world's oil reserves are concentrated in the Middle East.  And about 73% 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

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

Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition

Whole Foods Market Columbia

Angel Insurance Agency

Dr. Kevin S. Asbill, Jr.

Love Mitsubishi

BMW of Columbia

Dick Smith Nissan

Rich Security Systems, LP

Proterra Inc.

Pyatt Law Firm, LLC

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 organizations:

Thank You
Alan Buck and Phillip C. Washington
2015 City Co-Captains

Registered Attendees

There are currently 80 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model S 3
Chevrolet Volt 2
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 2
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 2
Ford C-MAX Energi 1
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid 1
6 Models 11

Registered attendees report 120,500 electric miles driven.

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Presented By

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

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

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