National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Ukiah, CA
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 to 4:00 pm
Location: City Parking Lot A
Oak & Standley Streets
Ukiah, CA 95482
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2015.

Event Report

Our first NDEW event in Mendocino County was a modest success. Owners of the eight EVs on display reported a total of 176,101 oil-free miles driven, many of those on solar power. True believers drove from as near as two blocks away and as far as 75 miles to show off their cars. The redwood trees cooled our parking lot on an otherwise scorching Saturday. People of all ages strolled over, with the newest generation of future plug-in drivers well represented. There was a strong attraction to the Teslas--test drivers emerged dazed and exhilarated from their rides. At the other end of the affordability scale, the intrepid Chevy Spark EV surprised and impressed. BMW, Honda, Toyota and Kia all-electric models rounded out the exhibit. The Fabulous Flashback Car Show staked out downtown a block away; occasionally a lovingly restored vintage gas guzzler rolled by with a throaty roar. Out on the fringe, we reveled in the elegant whoosh of an unplugged EV peeling away. No contest.

photo by: Janet Orth, Mendocino Council of Governments
Future EV drivers Ari Walker (7) and Soleil Walker (3) with their complimentary shades and Frisbees.

Event Description


What: National Drive Electric Week - Ride & Drive Demonstration - free educational event open to all - join us!

When: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10am to 4pm

Where: City Parking Lot at Oak & Standley Streets in downtown Ukiah (across from the old post office)

Why: Experience the latest plug-in electric vehicles, such as Tesla, Chevy, BMV, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan.

Smart, clean, fast and fun, see why EV owners love them!

Who: Hosted by Mendocino Council of Governments, the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (,

with support from City of Ukiah, Dow & Associates, and Nissan LEAF. Meet some of our participants:

Organizer and solar-EV advocate of 25+ years, Janet Orth, MCOG Deputy Director, with dedicated partner Tony Orth and Chevy Spark EV:

Roger's brand new Tesla Model S:

Raakesh Patel with his brand new Tesla Model S and Nissan LEAF:

Tom Coddington with his BMW i3:

Enabler Phil Dow, MCOG Executive Director, test driving Janet's Chevy Spark EV on SR-1 in Mendocino:


August 19, 2015

Greetings, fellow Electric Vehicle enthusiasts!
It’s official – we are hosting a Ride & Drive educational demonstration on Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10am to 4pm in downtown Ukiah, as part of the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week. As far as we know, this is the first NDEW event in Mendocino County.
You are invited to show off your EV and share your experience with the community, or just come and see them. The more EVs the better—we need you! Please register using the button at the top of this page.
Just down the street will be the Fabulous Flashback Car Show, so we’ll offer a flash-forward glimpse to present and future car lovers. Vendors and crowds will be present in the downtown area.
Our event is located at the City of Ukiah’s EV charging station, so if you come from a distance and need to recharge, we will have it reserved for the day and take turns.
More details will follow as our plans develop. Let me know if you have questions, register your vehicle, and share this announcement with friends.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 17 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model S 2
BMW i3 REx 1
Chevy Spark EV 1
Honda Fit EV 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 1
5 Models 6

Registered attendees report 61,900 electric miles driven.

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