National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Bakersfield, CA
Sep 11, 2016

Day: Sunday, September 11, 2016 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10 am - 3 pm
Location: River Walk Park
Bakersfield, CA 93313
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2016.

Event Report

This was the 4th year we've done an EV event in Bakersfield, CA. It keeps growing every year.

The PEV Collaborative was in Bakersfield, Calif., Sept. 11 during National Drive Electric Week, bringing its 2016 Best. Ride. EVer! campaign to the Park at River Walk.


- 96 test drives
- Makes/models available for test drive: Nissan LEAF (3); BMW i3, i8 and X5 xDrive40e; and FIAT 500e (2)
- The BMW i8 was a big draw – attendees drove it, rode in it and took photos with it all day long
- 48% of respondents had no previous experience with EVs
- Prior to the drive, 64% of respondents had a very or somewhat positive perception of EVs, increasing to 96% after the ride
- 64% of respondents said they were very or somewhat likely to consider buying an EV before driving one; 87% said the same after driving one


Kern Council of Governments
San Joaquin Valley Electric Vehicle Partnership
Project Clean Air

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2016 National Drive Electric Week - Bakersfield, CA

Event Description


Welcome to the 4th Annual National Drive Electric Week in Bakersfield, CA

If you live in Kern County, come by the The Parks at River Walk on Sunday, September 11th, from 10am to 3pm to test drive Electric Cars for Free, courtesy of local dealers and get a Free Lunch with every test drive.

Confirmed Dealer Participation:
BMW Of Bakersfield
Nissan Of Bakersfield
Fiat Of Bakersfield
Jim Burke Ford

And for every test drive we'll be donating $5.00 (up to $500) to the Bakersfield Firefighters Historical Society in honor of their 911 Memorial Fund Event happening that same morning at the fire station on Old River Road.

There will also be an EV  Meet-Up for all current EV drivers, who will receive gift cards courtesy of local businesses.

Other event highlights include:
- Raffles and Prizes, including a beach cruiser giveaway from Snider's Cyclery
- Solar Educational Center
- Food Trucks
- Pokemon Go Family Fun Day! Free Lures. (10) PokeStops in the Park.
- Solar phone charger courtesy of Energy Independence Group
- Registration booth for the 1st Annual Bakersfield Marathon

Come with your friends and family to enjoy a beautiful day the park!

Please support our sponsors and organizers:
Project Clean Air
Kern Council of Governments
PEV Collaborative Best.Ride.Ever!

Registered Attendees

There are currently 27 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model S 2
BMW i3 REx 1
Chevrolet Volt 1
Fiat 500e 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 1
6 Models 7

Registered attendees report 73,939 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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Green Level Sponsor

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

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