National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Hilo, HI
Sep 12, 2015

Day: Saturday, September 12, 2015 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: The Home Depot
380 Makaala St
Hilo, HI 96720
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2015.

Event Report

Overall, our Hilo event was a success - we had about 150 guests and many had genuine interest in EV ownership. Despite the decent weather at the start of the day, warm Hilo rain periodically interrupted our event. Owners and guests took it all in stride – we improvised and persevered, despite the weather.

We had several models represented: 9 Nissan LEAFs, 5 Tesla Model S, 2 Chevy Volts, a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, a Ford Focus Electric, a BMW i3, a Kia Soul EV, and a Bronco conversion.

Senator Russell Ruderman, Representative Joy San Buenaventura, and a representative from Senator Brian Schatz’s office were guest speakers. Sen. Ruderman and Rep. San Buenaventura gave inspiring speeches. Marlena Castro Dixon read Sen. Schatz’s letter of recognition acknowledging NDEW and our group’s efforts to expand adoption of sustainable transportation.

Nissan and Kia representatives joined the event.

More information can be found at:

photo by: Noel Morin
Tesla Model S, Ford Focus Electric, Nissan LEAF, Bronco (conversion), Soul EV Emily Ebert, Philip Zachary Hodges, Steve Hardash, Philip Tait

Event Description


Join the Big Island EV Association for Drive Electric Week in Hilo!  

This event will offer the opportunity to learn about EVs from actual owners.  You'll hear about the benefits of EV ownership, get to see the latest EVs, and even experience the smooth and quiet rides that can only be had in these next-generation vehicles. 

This event is made possible by The Home Depot in Hilo - it will be held in parking lot fronting the Garden Center.

Drive Electric Week is organized nationally by Plug In America, Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 16 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 3
Chevrolet Volt 2
Tesla Model S 1
3 Models 6

Registered attendees report 117,000 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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All NDEW 2024 sponsors support Plug In America's coordination of National Drive Electric Week.

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