National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Cupertino, CA
Sep 17, 2016

Day: Saturday, September 17, 2016 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10am - 4pm
Location: DeAnza College Campus, Parking Lot A
Stevens Creek Blvd / Stelling Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2016.

Event Report

The 44th EV Rally and Show brought together a wide range of people who share an interest in electric vehicle technology. The ride-and-drive experience of hearing about new electric cars from their owners is very popular. There is also a group of enthusiasts who work on electric vehicle conversions and those who develop original designs. Both solar power and sustainable transportation are also key parts of the rally. Perhaps this comment best describes the event: “This was a blast, and I learned a lot. Let me know if there is another coming up or something like it.” Thanks to Mayor Barry Chang of Cupertino for reading a proclamation in support of Drive Electric Week, to the Monta Vista High School Robotics Team, to Nissan for hosting the “Nissan Lounge” with their vehicle-to-home power system. This event would not have been possible without the tireless planning, preparation, and encouragement of Jerry Pohorsky, Ron Freund, Susan Parks and Ben White. Report submitted by Kent Okasaki.

photo by: David Herron /
Acme Muffineers member Thomas Hsieh provided a highlight of our event with his "Electric Muffin" motorized cupcake. It is shown here being driven by his son. Behind the cupcake is a motorized "surrey" wagon designed and built by Bob Schneeveis, who is wearing the cowboy hat. The feet of this machine move back and forth to pull the wagon forward.To the right are the solar panels for a trailer-mounted solar generator system built by Jerry Karmin.Directly in front of these solar panels is the nose of a white Ford Focus Electric from the City of Cupertino. The mayor, Barry Chang, presented a proclamation in support of Drive Electric Week. In the background is a gray Dodge Rampage pickup with its hood up. The truck has a custom EV drivetrain designed by Doug Brentlinger and installed by students of Dr. Fred Barez of San Jose State University. Finally, at the top of this photo are the tracking solar panels installed in the parking lot of De Anza College, Cupertino, CA.

Event Description


This year's event is the 44th Annual Electric Car Rally and Show held in conjunction with National Drive Electric Week. Come out to De Anza College in Cupertino and experience:
  • Electric vehicles from Nissan, BMW and other local dealers
  • Take a ride in an EV owned by our club members
  • Visit the EAA information booth, and learn about electric vehicles
  • Watch the robots built by local high school students as they try to dunk a basketball
  • Visit other booths to see EV accessories, learn about air pollution control plans, and more
  • Food!
  • Raffle Prizes!
De Anza College location:

Registered Attendees

There are currently 487 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 45
Tesla Model S 13
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 12
Chevrolet Volt 10
Volkswagen e-Golf 6
Zero Motorcycle 5
Chevy Spark EV 4
Ford Focus Electric 4
Tesla Model X 4
Toyota Plug-in Prius 4
BMW i3 3
EV Conversion 3
Fiat 500e 3
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 3
Tesla Roadster 3
BMW i3 REx 2
Other Plug-In Vehicle 2
Toyota RAV4 EV (1997-2003) 2
Corbin Sparrow 1
Fisker Karma 1
Ford Ranger EV (1997-2003) 1
Honda Fit EV 1
Kia Soul EV 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Think City 1
25 Models 135

Registered attendees report 2,802,307 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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