National Drive Electric Week
Sep 17, 2017
|Day:||Sunday, September 17, 2017 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the events page.|
|Time:||Electric Island Drive: 11-12pm; EV Fair: 12-2pm|
Staging Locations (see description) + Fair @ Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamondhead Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96816
Blue Planet Foundation and the Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii held the 2017 Electric Island Drive and Fair on September 17. Over 90 vehicles participated in the EV caravan from urban Honolulu through Waikiki to Kapiolani Community College, where there was an electric vehicle fair. Folks on the sidewalk along the route stopped to take pictures and take note of the electric vehicles with flags on their windows.
There were more electric vehicles and electric bikes at the fair, as well as community organizations and transportation stakeholders. Hawaii State Representative Della Au Belatti, DBEDT Director Luis Salaveria, Kirsten Baumgart Turner on behalf of Congresswoman Gabbard, and Josh Stanbro with the City and County of Honolulu spoke on behalf of electrified transportation in the state. There was a radio station present to emcee, and live music by a local musician Cory Oliveros. We had news coverage on KHON and Hawaii News Now as well as video teams from both of our sponsor organizations; Ulupono Initiative and Hawaiian Electric Companies. They used their videographers to collect images and testimony from EV owners about why they love to drive their EVs. We plan to use that information for our new coalition website www.driveelectrichi.com.
Successful event that doubled in size from last year! Hoping to be even bigger moving forward.
photo by: Reggie Padilla
The participants at one of three staging areas for the 2017 Electric Island Drive with their various models of electric vehicles.
Join the Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawai'i (STCH) and Blue Planet Foundation for the second annual Electric Island Drive on September 17, 2017. The event is part of the National Drive Electric Week, presented by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, celebrating a diversity of zero-emissions vehicles and highlighting the environmental, economic, and health benefits of electric transportation.
Participants will gather in small groups at specified locations in urban Honolulu (Post Office at King & Richard St; HDOT "Ball Park" at Channel St & Ala Moana Blvd.; and the Dept of Health 1250 Punchbowl St at Beretania St). Please note, we will contact participants with further instruction shortly and tell them their assigned starting location. Vehicles will depart at coordinated times and follow predetermined routes that merge together as one large group to drive through Waikiki and finish at Kapiolani Community College.
The event will culminate with an Electric Vehicle Fair from 12:00-2:00PM in the Kapiolani Community College parking lot. All caravan participants will receive mahalo gift bags and will have a chance to win some exciting door prizes. There will be food vendors, live music, lots of electric vehicle models and dealerships on display, electric bikes, and more. Anyone is welcome to attend the reception, even if they did not participate in the caravan or don't own a zero-emissions vehicle.
Mahalo to our sponsors: Ulupono Initiative, Hawaiian Electric Industries, and Hawaiian Electric Company
There are currently 99 attendees registered.
Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend
|Nissan Leaf (2011-2017)||20|
|Tesla Model S||13|
|Tesla Model X||3|
|Kia Soul EV||1|
|Mercedes GLE 550e||1|
Registered attendees report 859,262 electric miles driven.