National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
NDEW Salinas EV Ride, Drive, & Display Show
Salinas, CA
Oct 01, 2023

Day: Sunday, October 1, 2023 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT
Location: Salinas Amtrak Station
11 Station Place
Salinas, CA 93901
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2023.

Event Report

The EVs For Everyone | EVs Para Todos initiative powered by Ecology Action hosted a National Drive Electric Day EV Ride, Drive & Display Show at the Salinas Amtrak Station parking lot on Sunday October 1st from 11am-4pm. This free event was a celebration of the many benefits of driving electric by showcasing a variety of plug-in electric cars, vans, trucks, and more. English and Spanish speaking EV experts staffed and volunteered at this event to answer any questions attendees had and to help conduct the test-drives. Attendees were able to test drive the latest electric vehicles, peruse a variety of BEVs and PHEVs on display, talk to EV owners from the community, and learn about the various local, regional, and national incentives available to help folks transition! Thanks to program sponsors Electrify America, GM, PG&E, Veloz, and GRID Alternatives, and additional sponsorships from the Monterey Bay Air Resources District and Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, EVs For Everyone was able to partner with Epicenter Cycling in Monterey to offer an e-bike giveaway. Any event attendee who engaged directly with one of our EV booths could fill out a post-event survey to enter for a chance to win a Townie Go! 8D sized to their preference with a free bike lock! Attendance at the overall Seaside Earth Day event reached an estimated attendance of 250 community members throughout the afternoon, with an estimated 65 unique test drivers completing a total 241 test rides & drives!

18 different plug-in electric vehicles were available for test-driving representing 11 different makes:
  • 2023 Tesla Model 3 and three 2023 Tesla Model Y's provided by Tesla of Palo Alto
  • 2023 BMW iX provided by BMW of Monterey
  • 2023 Toyota bZ4X and 2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime provided by Toyota Salinas
  • 2023 Chrysler Pacifica PHEV and 2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe provided by MY Jeep Chrysler Dodge RAM
  • 2023 Kia EV6, 2023 Kia Sorento PHEV, 2023 Nissan LEAF, and 2023 Nissan Ariya provided by MY Nissan/Kia
  • 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV provided by MY Chevrolet
  • 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-e and 2023 Ford Cargo E Transit Van provided by Salinas Valley Ford
  • 2023 VW ID.4 provided by Cardinale VW
  • 2023 Mazda CX-90 PHEV provided by Cardinale Mazda
  • and additional EVs available for test rides including 2 Ford F-150 Lightnings brought by citizen EV owners and 3 retrofitted EVs provided by TrajectoryEV

Our EV showcase of 12 different vehicles was entirely staffed by volunteer EV owners from the community: 
  • Arcimoto Deliverator
  • 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV
  • 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • 2017 Ford C-Max Energi
  • 2017 Fiat 500e
  • 2023 Mini Cooper SE
  • 2015 BMW I3
  • 2022 Tesla Model Y  
  • Ford F-150 Lightning
  • Chevy Bolt EV
  • 2023 Lucid Air Pure
  • Chevy Bolt EV
  • 2023 Subaru Solterra

Name and Title of Public Official in Attendance:
Kimbley Craig, Mayor of Salinas

Event Description


Come and learn how you can save hundreds of dollars every year by driving electric, and qualify for $5,000-$20,000 when you switch!

Ecology Action is hosting its 8th Annual Electric Vehicle (EV) Ride, Drive & Display Show at the Salinas Amtrak Station to celebrate National Drive Electric Week on Sunday October 1st, 2023. This FREE event raises awareness of the many benefits of driving plug-in electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.  With both English and Spanish speaking EV experts available to help, attendees will be able to test drive the latest electric vehicles, peruse a variety of EV cars on display, talk to EV owners, test ride electric bicycles, and engage with local businesses. 




Drop-ins are welcome or Pre-Sign Up for a test drive starting September 15th:


Electric vehicles showcase of up to 20 different electric cars, trucks, and motorcycles, with local EV owners on hand to share their driving experiences and all answer your questions about charging, range, maintenance, and vehicle prices.  


Fused Learning will have interactive, hands-on environmental science and art based activities with fun take home prizes!


Engage and learn from a wide array of environmentally friendly community organizations who will be exhibiting.


Experts and resources on hand to learn about EV financial incentives, including federal, state, local rebates, and PG&E’s Pre-Owned Rebate! Get all your EV questions answered in one-stop. Learn how to signup for free 1:1 EV Purchase Guidance through EVs for


Get your Passport to Electrification – Build knowledge while earning passport stamps from talking with community exhibitors or participating in an activity. Adults who get 3 Passport Stamps will be entered for a chance to win a NEW e-bike! Passport stamps are earned easily by taking a test drive, e-bike test ride, talking with an EV Owner or community organization onsite.  


Enjoy the best tacos in Salinas from SABOR Latin Fusion!


Local Sponsors: Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD), Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, General Motors, ElectricForAll by Veloz, Access Clean California, As Seen On EV powered by Electrify America, and PG&E.

National Drive Electric Week is presented by Plug In AmericaSierra Club, and Electric Vehicle Association

NDEW National Platinum Sponsors: 

Nissan LEAF® & Nissan ARIYA® Exclusive Automotive Sponsor

Wells Fargo 

Registered Attendees

There are currently 6 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Bolt 1
MINI Cooper SE Hardtop 2 Door 1
2 Models 2

Registered attendees report 31,000 electric miles driven.

Presented By

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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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