2017 Best.Drive.EVer. Statewide Ride-and-Drive Series

The PEV Collaborative (PEV Collaborative) has identified ride-and-drive events as a high priority and a catalyst for the electric car movement in California. We know from industry experience that electric car ride-and-drive events lead directly to sales.  Industry experts have said local automotive dealerships see an uptick in electric car sales and consumer interest immediately following these events.

Getting more electric cars on the road is key to successful mainstream introduction of advanced clean vehicles in support of California’s clean air, climate change, energy and economic goals.  Consumer access and real-world experience behind the wheel of an electric car helps stimulate new prospective buyers and increases sales.

Below are the dates and locations for confirmed PEV Collaborative ride-and-drive events in 2017 being done in coordination with our contractor, Charge Across Town.

More events coming soon!

August 19 – Chula Vista


Partners: San Diego Gas & Electric, Center for Sustainable Energy


August 19 – Redding

Turtle Bay Discovery Park 

Host: Best.Drive.EVer. small grant awardee Redwood Coast Energy Authority

Get details here


August 20 – East Palo Alto

Host: Best.Drive.EVer. small grant awardee Acterra

See flyer


September 9 – Santa Cruz

Host: Best.Drive.EVer. small grant awardee Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance

More details to follow


September 10 – Oxnard

Host: Best.Drive.EVer. small grant awardee Community Environmental Council

Sunday Farmer's Market, Channel Islands Harbor

More details to follow


September 16 – Bakersfield

National Drive Electric Week

Event details


October 8 – Tehachapi

Tehachapi Apple Festival

Host: Best.Drive.EVer. small grant awardee Project Clean Air

More details to follow


October 7-8 – San Francisco

EV Week 2017

Charge Across Town's annual EV Week will take place at Pier 27's James R. Herman Cruise Terminal.


November 5 – Ontario

Host: Best.Drive.EVer. small grant awardee American Lung Association in California

More details to follow


Past Events in 2017

July 20-22 – Sacramento

California State Fair

See flyer

Partner: Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Event report


April 24 – San Diego

UC San Diego EarthDay Month Celebrations: Sustainability Day

Event Report

April 6 – Oakland

Event Report

Oakland Earth Expo

See Flyer

Small Grant Program

The 2017 soliciation period has closed.


 The followiing organizations are the 2017 Best.Drive.EVer. grant awardees:



American Lung Association in California

Community Environmental Council

Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance

Project Clean Air

Redwood Coast Energy Authority


Read more here


Background on the small grant solicitation:

The PEV Collaborative’s small grant project financially assists organizations with $1,000-$5,000 grants to expand the number of statewide electric car ride-and-drive events, with the goals of getting more people behind the wheel of electric cars and broadening PEV Collaborative’s partnerships. This small grants project is part of the PEV Collaborative’s 2017 ride-and-drive program being administered by  PEV Collaborative’s contractor, Charge Across Town.

The small grants are expected to result in additional ride-and-drive events over and above those planned and staffed by the Best.Drive.EVer! campaign team, but also provide key data gathered from drive-to-purchase survey work completed before and after test drives. The program overview and application for funding is linked below.  For more information about the 2017 program, contact: Meg Ruxton at meg@chargeacrosstown.com

The deadline for submissions was April 17, 2017, at 5 p.m. (PDT).  Awards will be publically announced in May 2017.

See a list of our 2015 and 2016 events and read the final report including event summaries, survey results and more.