National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Fresno, CA
Sep 12, 2015

Day: Saturday, September 12, 2015 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10AM - 3PM
Location: Fashion Fair Mall
645 E Shaw Ave
Fresno, CA 93710
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2015.

Event Report

On a weekend with almost 100-degree temperatures, ash and smoke in the air from fires in the Sierras, and alerts from the Air Quality District on high ozone levels, the Best.Ride.EVer! campaign had a very successful day in Fresno. The event was co-hosted by Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and Project Clean Air, in coordination with National Drive Electric Week Fresno, and Team Captain Tom Cotter. The event included static displays from solar companies, a credit union, CVRP booth, Clean Air Project, NRG, an electric school bus, and 24 personal EV owners and their vehicles. The ride and drive was a highlight of the event and featured 12 vehicles from six local dealers. A taco truck was also on hand providing two FREE tacos to test-drivers and participants., courtesy of PG&E. A local Spanish radio station, 92.1, was on hand announcing the event ‘live’, and giving out free popsicles.

photo by: Charge Across Town
Anne Rutherford of Clovis Nissan. Tom Schiebelhut and Karen Schiebelhut looking at the 2015 Nissan LEAF.

Event Description


Bring your family and friends for this one-day only opportunity to test-drive a number of different electric vehicle (EV) models in one place. Learn how to reduce your driving costs while curbing pollution.

Join us in the Central Valley for an afternoon of electric vehicle fun! There will be free tacos for the first 200 test drivers from Fresno’s reigning Taco Truck Throwdown winner El Premio Mayor, a live radio broadcast, and of course a number of EVs for you to test drive and check out.

Already own an EV? Join us and display it in the largest gathering of EVs in Fresno.

Date: Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Time: 10 AM - 3 PM

Location: Fashion Fair Mall (Northeast Parking Lot at Shaw Ave & N 1st Street) 
645 E Shaw Ave
Fashion Fair Mall
FresnoCA 93710

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Volunteers needed at all levels! 
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Local Event Activities

When people take a ride in an EV, they are much more likely to appreciate that these vehicles are real, high performing, plausible, fun, and exciting vehicles to drive.  See for yourself and try the Best.Ride.EVer!

Electric Tailgate Party
Our last event made the news on KSEE 24 with the "Largest Gathering of Electric Cars" in the Central Valley. Once again, real EV owners will show off the cars we love and provide information to the public. 

Award Ceremony/Press Conference
We will present an award to a local company, public official, agency, or community organization that has done a lot to promote EV-readiness in the Central Valley.

National Event

The Central Valley’s event is one of more than 160 across the country where electric vehicle owners and their neighbors will hold electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, recognition of leaders promoting EVs, launches of new public EV charging stations, and other public events. The event is part of the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week (formerly National Plug In Day).

Presented By / Sponsors / Organizers

National Drive Electric Week 2015 is presented by Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association.

Nissan LEAF is the exclusive automotive sponsor. Also sponsored by ClipperCreek and PlugShare.

Fresno event organizers:
Central Valley Electric Vehicles, Center for Sustainable Energy, California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative (PEVC) and San Joaquin Valley Clean Cities Coalition (Project Clean Air).

Fresno event sponsors:  NRG, PG&E, and San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Captain: Tom Cotter, CaliforniaFIRST
Vallerie Gonzalez, Center for Sustainable Energy


Like the art for our event header? The inverted watercolor skyline is adapted from Michael Tompsett's "Fresno California Skyline." View and purchase the full version at

Registered Attendees

There are currently 126 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Volt 5
Chevy Spark EV 4
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 4
Tesla Model S 3
BMW i3 REx 2
Fiat 500e 2
Ford Focus Electric 2
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 2
Tesla Roadster 2
EV Conversion 1
Ford Fusion Energi 1
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive 1
Toyota Plug-in Prius 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 1
14 Models 31

Registered attendees report 464,329 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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