National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Columbia, SC
Sep 10, 2016

Day: Saturday, September 10, 2016 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: Whole Foods Market - Columbia
702 Cross Hill Road
Columbia, SC 29205
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2016.

Event Report

Seven car dealerships sponsored and six displayed cars (Chevy, Nissan, BMW, Porsche, Volvo, Mitsubishi and Ford).
A 20' x 30' tent hosted our non-profit groups (HS robotics team, Keep the Midlands Beautiful, local scholarship fund, Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition (main sponsor), Nationwide Insurance (sponsor), ChargePoint, Yes Solar (Sponsor).
Partnered with Whole Foods to hold the event in a large section of their parking lot. They provided the "Giving Grill": $5 lunch with all proceeds to our charities.
No speeches or formal discussions. Lots of education 1-1 with volunteers talking about their cars and ownership experience. Twenty EV owner's cars on display from 3 Tesla Model Xs to Mitsubishi I-MiEV.

photo by: Michael Criss
Craig Yarbrough shows how is key FOB and smart phone controls his Tesla Model X.

Event Description


Part Car Show ... Science Fair ... Tailgate Party, Columbia's Drive Electric Week Event is FREE and open to the public!  Come join us and check out a variety of electric cars and plug-in hybrids.
2016 NDEW CAE Flyer
While you're here:

  • Go for a dealer test drive
  • Take a test ride with volunteer drivers
  • Learn about local nonprofits
  • Check out our event sponsors
  • Gather info about EVs & local charging stations
  • Kids learn about the science driving EVs
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch offered by Whole Foods through their Giving Grill: Whole Foods employees will be grilling food with all proceeds going to our non-profit partners.

Come see these models up close ...

... All in one location at one time!  

Also get information about ...

Made in South Carolina! Drivetrain Description (from

Proterra Catalyst
40 foot Electric Bus


Excerpt from Proterra website:
"In 2011, we moved our headquarters and manufacturing plant to Greenville, SC. Our close proximity to Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) gives Proterra access to tremendous research and development resources. Our headquarters are located in South Carolina and the sales and marketing team operates from the new office in the San Francisco Bay Area, the technology capital of America."

Experience plug-in cars vehicles for yourself.

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Thanks to our partners.  Without their help this event would not be possible

All sponsorship proceeds, above the actual cost of the event (i.e.  Event banners, T-shirts, Event giveaways, Information packet supplies) will be donated to the following organizations:

Please help us spread the word via our Twitter account @sodacityelectrc and our Facebook page

Thank You
Alan Buck, Jonathan Vaught and Phillip C. Washington
2016 City Co-Captains

Registered Attendees

There are currently 84 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 5
Tesla Model X 3
Chevrolet Volt 2
Audi A3 e-tron 1
EV Conversion 1
Ford C-MAX Energi 1
Kia Soul EV 1
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 1
Tesla Model S 1
9 Models 16

Registered attendees report 146,450 electric miles driven.

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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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