National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
An Exploration of Electric Transportation
Eugene, OR
Sep 24, 2023

Day: Sunday, September 24, 2023 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 12:00 - 3:00 pm PDT
Location: Amazon Community Center
2700 Hilyard St
Eugene, OR 97405
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2023.

Event Report

The Emerald Valley EVA, a Chapter of the Electric Vehicle Association, was the primary sponsor. We also had a number of other attending sponsors who brought their own information tests and presence including the City of Eugene, Eugene Water and Electric Board, Platt Auto of Portland (specializing in used EV sales and service), Go Forth, Cascadia Mobility, and Shift. 

The most unusual vehicle was a 1960s Karman Gia that had been retrofitted as an EV. That drew a lot of attention as did the many modern models of EVs that showed up with their owners for display. We think we answered a lot of questions and sold some EVs for some lucky dealers. We got good TV coverage after the event and an announcement before as well as newspaper and community bulletin board announcements. 

Despite the rain, our attendance was good with lots of drop by as well as intended trip attendees. We will plan to use this venue again. If we are to continue to grow events like this, we will need to increase our volunteer base. The number of events we can do is limited by the number of active volunteers.  

photo by: Merlyn Hough, EVEVA Member and EV Driver
Panorama photo.

Event Description


EV display for the curious and Meet up for EV owners. Come and talk to our volunteers about electric vehicles, learn how they work, how much fun they are to drive and how inexpensive they are to own, operate, and maintain. We will not try to sell you on a particular make or model, but we will answer your questions and help you think through which EVs might work for you while you look at the EVs we own and drive every day. For EV owners, bring your cars, join the meet up and chat and maybe help someone who is hesitant and needs more information from someone whose livelihood does not depend on selling a car today. We should have some pickups and SUVs there as well as sedans. 

Registered Attendees

There are currently 28 attendees registered.

Expected Display Vehicles

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model X 3
Arcimoto FUV 2
Tesla Model 3 2
Chevrolet Bolt 1
Ford F-150 Lightning 1
Hyundai Ioniq 6 1
Kia Niro Electric 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Tesla Model S 1
Tesla Model Y 1
Toyota RAV4 Prime 4WD/AWD 1
Volkswagen ID.4 1
Volvo XC40 Recharge 1
13 Models 17

Registered attendees report 762,400 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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