National Drive Electric Week™ is an annual national outreach event to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. Thanks to local event organizers across the country and beyond, our reach is considerable. In 2016, we had 235 events which collectively reached more than 100,000 people and conducted more than 7,000 test rides/drives.
There are a wide variety of opportunities for automakers, utilities, charging equipment manufacturers, environmental non-profits and government agencies to support, sponsor and participate at the national level as well as at local events.
At the national level, National Drive Electric Week is a collaboration between Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association. Supporting National Drive Electric Week at the national level helps support our work in organizing the national effort, coordinating communications nationally, building awareness, and supporting local events.
National sponsors can receive recognition on the web site, in press releases and through social media. See the national sponsorship levels document for information on support levels and corresponding recognition programs.
National sponsorships can be facilitated through Plug In America, Sierra Club or the Electric Auto Association. Contact [sponsorship-2017 at driveelectricweek dot org] for more information.
2017 National Sponsors
2016 National Sponsors
2015 National Sponsors
2014 National Sponsors
2013 National Sponsors
Our continuing national sponsorship agreement with Nissan does not impose any restriction on local event organizers who are free to engage local dealers and automakers as local sponsors.
Our local events need sponsors, too. Local events are independently organized and event sponsorship opportunities will vary. Some examples of ways to help local events are:
- Provide event space at a parking lot or elsewhere.
- Promote Drive Electric Week by issuing a press release, sending an email or mailing to customers, and/or trumpeting Drive Electric Week on social media.
- Donate food or other items to help offset the costs of local events.
- Contribute funds to offset the costs of local events.
- Provide information at a booth or table at local event(s).
- Provide vehicles or charging units to showcase.
- Provide charging units for event participants to use to charge their vehicles.
- Provide vehicles for test-drives or test-rides.
To sponsor a local event, use the event map to find the event(s) nearest you. Click on a pin to get basic info about the event and a link to that event's page. From any event page, use the Contact button to contact that event's organizers. If you want to support more than a few local events, contact [sponsorship-2017 at driveelectricweek dot org] to arrange communications with the local event organizers.
Sponsors are encouraged to promote National Drive Electric Week and/or local events and may use the National Drive Electric Week trademark as well as the logos of the national organizers subject to these conditions:
- The names and logos of sponsoring companies may, and should, be included on promotional and press materials. However, if the sponsor is an auto company that manufactures EVs and gas-powered vehicles, any reference to that company in event promotional materials should, whenever possible, be in conjunction with the name of the electric vehicle not just the automaker name. For example, "The Nissan Leaf" is preferred over just "Nissan").
- All promotional materials (press releases, posters, flyers, etc.) must include "Drive Electric Week is presented by Plug In America, Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association" or a similar, substantially equivalent, statement. Web links and logos of the three presenting organizations should be included when appropriate.
- The names of sponsoring companies may be included on local press releases in the form of quotes and factual information (like "General Motors participated in the event by providing test-rides of its Chevy Volts...").
- Corporate engagement cannot be described as a "partnership," as that word has other implications for our organizations.
Print-quality logo artwork is available for use on promotional materials.