National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Solvang, CA
Sep 10, 2016

Day: Saturday, September 10, 2016 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Parking Lot 1 at Centennial Plaza
468 Alisal Road
Solvang, CA 93463
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2016.

Event Report

Mayor of Solvang, California, Jim Richardson, owner of a Chevy Volt attended. He told us his City Council adopted a clean air, clean vehicle campaign that resulted in the first installation of charge stations in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Planning Commissioner for the Third District and Third District Supervisoral candidate, Joan Hartmann, a Tesla Model S owner attended. Extremely successful and well attended show by the general public. Of the 10 cars on display, 9 were separate, all-electric models. Venue was a high traffic tourist destination. Attendees were from all over the world in addition to the United States.

photo by: Lisa Merkord
Ron Merkord in the black shirt with his back to the camera describes his Tesla Model X to an interested woman at the NDEW show in Solvang, California on Saturday, September 10, 2016 while other attendees look on.

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Event Description


Local Electric Vehicle owners will be available with their cars to tell you their experiences of EV ownership and operation. Late models on will include the Tesla Model S sedan, the Tesla Model X SUV (both with Autopilot), the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3! Join us and bring your questions about the EV world to our knowledgeable owners. A real, one-to-one, hands on opportunity for you to learn the benefits of EV ownership and see the vehicles inside and out. EVs have fast acceleration, silent running, immediate pedal response, zero jerking motion or vibrating and improved braking. EVs run virtually maintenance-free and have good to excellent safety ratings. Good for you, good for the environment, and beneficial to your bottom line. Consider never having to pay for gasoline, oil or major repairs again! Presented locally by the Los Padres Chapter Sierra Club.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 17 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
BMW i3 2
Chevy Spark EV 1
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive 1
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Tesla Model S 1
Tesla Model X 1
Tesla Roadster 1
Volkswagen e-Golf 1
9 Models 10

Registered attendees report 95,000 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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