National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Charlotte NC Drives Electric Event
Charlotte, NC
Sep 30, 2023

Day: Saturday, September 30, 2023 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Location: Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2023.


Join us for an electric vehicle showcase on Saturday, September 30, at the Charlotte Drives Electric event. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see a wide variety of electric vehicles side-by-side, in person. Talk to the owners about their real-world experiences and get honest answers to your questions. Many of the owners will have their cars open so you can sit in the driver seat, check out the cargo space, and more, all without the pressure of visiting a dealership.

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Are you interested in Electric Vehicles? Thinking about buying an Electric Vehicle? Just curious and want to check out a bunch of cars. This event is for you!  Bring the entire family, check out dozens of models all in one location. Have an opportunity to sit in Privately Owned Vehicles and talk to actual EV owners about their experience. Ask all the questions you have. How far can you go on a charge? How long does it take to charge? Seriously, ask away, these owners love to answer your questions! 
  • Click the "RSVP" button to register and we will see you on September 30th!
  • Please only say "YES" to "Do you drive a plug-in vehicle?" if you plan to showcase your EV.

EV Owners
Register your vehicle to showcase it to other EV Owners and the general public!  If it plugs in and you can ride on it, register to showcase your vehicle. With spots for about 100 electric vehicles we will have room for all makes and models!  Did you mod your vehicle, show it off!  Got a cool wrap, show it off! Have a unique EV, show it off!  Just want to show off your vehicle, we'd love to have you! Talk with fellow EV owners as well as potential EV Owners answering their questions
  • Click the "Participate" button to showcase your vehicle.  Please join the mailing list during registration to be assured you receive information for owners displaying their vehicles.

Arrival information for EVs on display
We ask that EV owners participating in the showcase to arrive between 9:00 and 9:45 a.m. We want all vehicles parked by 9:45am as we expect some guests to arrive earlier than the official start time of 10:00 a.m. If you would like to be parked next to a friend, we do ask you to arrive together and let our parking attendants know that you wish to be parked together.  For the safety of all participants, we would ask you to stay until the event ends at 1:00 p.m. to avoid having moving vehicles in the event display area.

There will be a Coffee Truck (cashless) and a Donut Truck selling items made on-site when you arrive and throughout the event, so come a bit hungry. There will also be some giveaways from Nissan available and a raffle to enter, so make sure after you have parked your vehicle and grabbed some coffee and donuts to make your way over to the Wells Fargo tent where these items will be available.

Featured Attendees
The City of Charlotte will be displaying some of their EV fleet which includes Ford F150 Lightnings, a Chevy Bolt, Mustang Mach-E, Kia Niro and all electric street sweeper.

Welcome to Shandoka Cycles, where we believe that every classic motorcycle deserves a new life. That's why we've developed the Modular Electric Motorcycle - a retrofit system that makes it easy to go electric with your favorite gas-powered bikes.

We're in business to make the world a better place. Atom EV is the only charging infrastructure with a digital circuit breaker that charges from the panel, creating the safest, most reliable, and future-proof solution available.  

By applying our solid-state digital circuit breaker to EV charging infrastructure, Atom Power is providing the most efficient and most trusted EV charging solution on the market.

• Software-defined, highly secure, and fastest digital circuit breaker in the world.
• Built-in real-time diagnostics, reporting, dynamic energy management.
• Low maintenance and total cost of ownership as performance-critical components are protected in the panel, not located at the dispenser.
• By balancing against the full building load, we can enable up to 13x more vehicles to be charged before utility upgrades.
• Programmable level 2 charging from 1.4 kW to 19.2 kW for added flexibility.
• Your investment is future-proof and scalable with a simple reprogramming of the digital circuit breaker when your charging needs change.

Alpitronic, a global leader in innovative electric vehicle charging solutions is excited to open its US headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.  We are committed to driving the future of sustainable mobility and advancing the electric vehicle charging infrastructure worldwide. We are hiring for multiple positions and look forward for local top talent to join our team in this journey.’

In 2021 the UNC Charlotte College of Engineering undertook the project to design and build the schools first-ever Formula SAE Electric Vehicle. Formula SAE is an international design competition in which college level students design, build and race small formula-style race cars. Over the last couple years we competed at our first competition in June 2023 at Michigan International Speedway and finished 46th of 75 teams, one of the top placing first-year teams to attend but the team did not complete all of the technical inspections. During the last 6 months the design team has been working hard to complete the design for our 2024 car and is nearing the completion of the initial design and will be moving into manufacturing later on in the month of October.
The team will bring a formula style vehicle simulator that uses some components from our 2023 car to the event in Charlotte.

Brad Panvoich, Chief Meteorologist at WCNC-TV  will be in attendance with his Tesla Model Y. 

CleanAIRE NC is a statewide organization advocating for the health of all North Carolinians. They advance equitable and collaborative solutions that address three powerful determinants of health in North Carolina: climate change, air pollution, and environmental justice. Through advocacy, education, and research, CleanAIRE NC works to protect what connects us and ensure everyone has access to clean air and a livable climate.

Eastway Nature Room will be present with information about Envirothon Club and the county’s 5 Nature Centers.  Envirothon is an international competition where teams of 3-5 high school or middle school students work together to test their knowledge of nature and the environment. This year’s theme is, “Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future”. 

Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition
The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) was designated in April of 2004 as part of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program. The coalition is housed at the Centralina Regional Council, a state-designated lead regional organization in North Carolina comprised of Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties. The coalition works with over 100 local and regional stakeholders to reduce the amount of petroleum used in transportation around the region.

Sustain Charlotte is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization helping to advance local sustainability through smart growth. Our dedicated staff and volunteers work collaboratively with residents, neighborhood organizations, government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses to solve the most important challenges to the long-term social, economic, and environmental health of our community.

Tayco Electric & Solar has been providing quality service to the Carolinas since 2006. We believe in honesty, integrity, and results you will be proud of. Our goal is to educate you, the consumer, so that you can make a confident decision as to whether solar, energy storage, and which ev chargers is right for you. We want to empower you to decide!

Better Tomorrow Solar empowers homeowners and businesses in North Carolina to make the switch to solar by providing customized solutions, financing options, and top-quality installations. We are a no-gimmicks company with a passion for renewable energy with years of experience. We are locally owned and operated out of Davidson, NC. Our staff is fully committed to the vision and implementation of affordable, energy-efficient clean power.

Since 2012, our team has helped residential, commercial, and non-profit customers in the Carolinas take advantage of the sun’s energy and the abundant financial benefits that go with it. Solar panels, batteries, and EV chargers like any other property improvement project, are an investment for your home or business. However, unlike those projects, solar panels are also an investment in the planet’s future and help you decrease your carbon footprint.

Food/Drink Vendors
Food Junkee Doughnuts
We are a small batch, scratch-made doughnut food truck. After more than a decade of private catering and personal chef services, we were forced to pivot during the 2020 shutdown. Having previously prepared our old-fashioned doughnuts for wedding receptions, we decided to start popping up with them at our local farmers market. The response was overwhelming. In 2021, we added our signature horse trailer and continue to serve our fried-on-the-spot doughnuts for public and private events.

Roaming Spirits Coffee will be on site selling coffee from their vintage horse trailer mobile coffee bar.

Location Map
1440 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
Please park in the "BLUE" Parking area and then walk over to the EV Display area where you will be able to see over 50 EVs as well as several exciting vendors.
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Raffle Items
We are super excited to offer some items to be raffled off this year! Make sure to complete your entry at the Wells Fargo tent to win one of these items!
    Situated just moments away from Tesla's Fremont factory in the Bay Area, Tesla Emblems is your partner in personalizing your Tesla experience. We create custom print and wrap vinyl decal kits and accessories, offering you the opportunity to make your Tesla uniquely yours. Made from premium wrap vinyl like 3M and KPMF, our decals have excellent durability and are easy to install and remove. Elevate your Tesla today with Tesla Emblems! 
    Find them at or on their Facebook or Instagram pages

  • Abstract Ocean
    Abstract Ocean manufactures and sells aftermarket accessories exclusively for Tesla & Rivian vehicles. A Texas company since 2013 and shipping globally, we are the most reviewed aftermarket site in the world.

Marketing Materials
Help spread the word by downloading one of our flyers (coming soon) or creating your own(with our images below) then posting it on your social media pages or printing them and hanging them around your office/church/school's bulletin board.  The event will be fun for all ages and not just car enthusiast.  These cars are new to most with big screens and even the ability to play video games on them! Seriously, ask a Tesla owner while at the event!  

Additional Information
  • Most of the vehicles at the show are privately owned.  It is important that the wishes and safety of the owners be respected.
  • Interested in showcasing your company at the event, click the Contact button!

A very special thank you to Charlotte Country Day School for hosting this year's event!

Registered Attendees

There are currently 368 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model Y 12
Tesla Model 3 6
Chevrolet Bolt 5
Ford Mustang Mach-E 5
Tesla Model S 5
Chevrolet Bolt EUV 4
Volkswagen ID.4 4
BMW i4 3
Ford F-150 Lightning 3
Lucid Air 3
Rivian R1T 3
BMW i3 REx 2
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 2
Kia EV6 2
Nissan Ariya 2
Other Plug-In Vehicle 2
Polestar 2 2
Rivian R1S 2
Tesla Model X 2
Cadillac LYRIQ 1
Chevrolet Volt 1
EV Conversion 1
Electra Meccanica Solo 1
Ford Ranger EV (1997-2003) 1
Ford Transit Connect Electric 1
GMC Hummer EV Pickup 1
Hyundai Ioniq 6 1
Hyundai KONA Electric 1
Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 1
Jeep Wrangler 4xe 1
Mercedes-Benz EQB350W4 1
31 Models 81
Vehicle Registered

Registered attendees report 1,993,300 electric miles driven.

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

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