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National Drive Electric Week’s Santa Cruz event is September 8


August 30, 2018 — Santa Cruz, CA

National Drive Electric Week: 250 events across the Nation including in Santa Cruz

For seven years, National Drive Electric Week has inspired individuals to ditch the gas station and go electric. Over 250 events across the nation will be taking place as part of National Drive Electric Week including one in Santa Cruz on Saturday, September 8th from 1-4pm on Cooper Street.

The Santa Cruz event will provide attendees with the opportunity to talk with local electric vehicle owners and experts and take a test drive in a clean, quiet and powerful electric vehicle. Nothing beats this first-hand experience when it comes to getting more people to convert from gasoline-powered cars to electric.

Special event highlights include:

  • Electric vehicle display: View all types of electric vehicle models and talk with the owners about their experiences.
  • Test Drive area: Get behind the wheel of some of the most popular electric vehicles on the market today including the Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt, 2018 Nissan Leaf and more.
  • Electric Bikes: Test ride the most popular electric bike models.
  • Learn about rebates, incentives, lease options, used electric vehicle sales and more.

WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 1-4pm

WHERE: Cooper Street in downtown Santa Cruz (between Pacific Avenue and Front Street)

WHO: National Drive Electric Day – Monterey Bay is brought to you by Ecology Action, the Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance and the Electric Auto Association Central Coast Chapter. National sponsors include Plug In America, the Sierra Club, the Electric Auto Association, Nissan Leaf and Clipper Creek. For more information visit

National Drive Electric Week leads up to the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, which will bring leaders from around the world together to celebrate achievements and deepen commitments to accelerate actions that will help us better address climate change. Nearly 50% of local greenhouse gas emissions are contributed by the transportation sector. Electric vehicles represent one way for individuals to significantly reduce their carbon footprint. The growing convenience of electric vehicles from longer ranges to expanding charging infrastructure coupled with the environmental and financial benefits are causing a steady increase in use.



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