Today is the start of Drive Electric week nearly 300 online and in-person events a celebration of electric cars. Events will take place over the next two weekends, from September 23 to October 2, in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Drive Electric Week is an annual event organized by Connect America, Electric Vehicle Association, EVHybridNoireand Sierra Club. The event is held for the 12th time. It started in the US as National Drive Electric Week, but over the past few years events have been held in other parts of the globe.

These events are an opportunity for prospective electric vehicle buyers to speak directly with electric vehicle owners about the experience of owning an electric vehicle. Dealer experience is there not ideal for many EV buyers, so unfiltered conversations with EV owners can be a great way to learn.

Events are organized by local EV enthusiasts and range in size from small gatherings in parking lots and local EV parades to large festivals with lots of booths from car dealers and green businesses. Although this year, some dealers might be less enthusiastic about remote sales due to the ongoing shortage of cars caused by a global chip shortage linked to the pandemic. Be sure to check each one individually event page to see if there is any information on which cars may be available for test drives.

Drive Electric Week has a map and list of events this week, including designations for online and in-person events, or Find events near you.

Drive Electric Week has been a little quiet for the past couple of years due to the global COVID pandemic. In 2020 all events have been moved onlineand in-person events will return in 2021. Most events are held outdoors and attendees are encouraged to follow COVID guidelines.

2022 continues in the same vein with some online events, but most in-person events again this year. While there are no uniform COVID requirements for all events, and most will be outdoors anyway, attendees should take appropriate precautions to reduce the spread of COVID.

Online events include seminars and interviews with experts discussing various aspects of electric vehicles, as well as virtual test drives of the vehicles. There will be seminars on charging, V2X and V2G, future electric cars, solar charging EVand others general educational programs. There are also a number of events where local electric vehicle issues are discussed – for example, in Hawaii, Michiganand Rhode Island.

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