Plug in America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association host their annual Drive Electric Earth Day event where advocates teach attendees about electric vehicle ownership. While most events will take place on April 22 and 23, the Earth Day weekend, the first events begin this Saturday, April 2, with over 180 events scheduled throughout the month in the United States (and a few in Canada and New Zealand).
A few events will take place virtually, but this year we are returning to mostly in-person outdoor events. Drive Electric Earth Day recommends that attendees wear a mask and observe social distancing. Some events may have their own COVID rules in place, so check each one event pagefollow local COVID rules and no matter what, don’t show up if you feel sick.
Drive Electric Earth Day is an offshoot of Electric Driving Week, a long-running annual event that hosts meetups around the world. These events have been a great way to connect with owners and learn about the latest EV technology, and even get the chance to test drive and drive in person. Attendees were able to hear unfiltered information from real owners about the benefits and trials of owning electric vehicles, allowing for longer, more authentic (and often more informed) conversations than one would normally encounter at a dealership. .
But that all changed when the coronavirus hit, and the latest events have been mostly internet-focused. But now that the free vaccines and boosters are out and the danger has diminished for those vaccinated, most events have returned in person this year.
In-person events will largely consist of electric car shows and showcases of local green businesses. Online events will include seminars on electric vehicle ownership, including Q&A opportunities.
You can find a map of all eventsor see everything in list form sorted by date. Each event has its own event page where you can view more information and register to attend. Registration helps organizers know how many people are coming (and if you’re bringing a car to show, you can put that in your registration) and also gives you a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card.
Here is a list of some interesting events happening across the country:
- the Overview of electric vehicles in Golden, CO, which coincides with a monthly classic and specialty car “cruise” event, where electric vehicles will be parked along the road, providing a contrast between past and future. April 2, 3-6 p.m. MDT.
- SpaceCoast EV Drivers Club Event at the American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne, Florida, which will display both an Arcimoto FUV and a Harley Davidson LiveWire. April 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT.
- EV Expo in Manteca, California with live music, lots of local sponsors and cars on board – and a Rivian R1T on display. April 9, 1-4 p.m. PDT.
- the Green Business Fair at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, where the flowers should be in full spring bloom. April 20, 2-7 p.m. PDT.
- A online event discuss the pros and cons of owning electric vehicles aimed at a national audience. Monday, April 11 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MDT (5 p.m. PDT, 8 p.m. EDT). There are also online events targeting drivers of Vermont, Oregon, Helloand CC.
- An online event in Mandarin Chinese titled “Save Money, Love the Earth, Drive EV!省錢、愛地球、電動車”, hosted by Happy50plus, an organization that caters to older Chinese speakers in Southern California. April 27 from 4-5 p.m. PDT.
Again, these are just a few of the planned events. Click on the event page to see if there’s anything you’re interested in, be sure to sign up to get updates and help the organizers know how many people will be there, and be excited to hear more about possession of an electric car by the actual owners.
So watch the launch video (also embedded above) and see what it’s all about, then show up and learn new things about electric cars. If you have friends who might be interested in electric vehicles or need to know more, tell them or bring them with you. Or just check out one of the online events if there’s nothing nearby that fits your schedule.
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