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National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week is September 9th through the 17th, 2017. Celebrations will be taking place across the U.S. and other countries.  The City of Palo Alto Utilities and the City of Palo Alto Sustainability Department encourage the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs) as part of our progress towards becoming one of the greenest cities in the country. Our city ranks as one of the top in the nation to embrace this clean technology. In 2016, more than 22% of all new vehicles purchased in Palo Alto were electric - the highest percentage of any California community. Driving and charging an EV in Palo Alto especially makes sense given the City's carbon neutral electricity supply and low electric retail rates.  To learn more about Electric Vehicles and associated rebates, visit


For the third year in a row, the City of Palo Alto is participating in Bay Area SunShares, a solar and Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) group-buy program administered by Building Council for Climate Change (BC3).

Palo Altans can learn more about SunShares, solar and electric vehicles at a workshop on Saturday, September 23rd.  Click here to register for the workshop, and visit to learn more about this exciting program.

Other Events

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, a Ride and Drive event will take place at Acterra in Palo Alto from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Vehicles scheduled to participate are BMWi3, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, Fiat 500e, Ford Focus EV, Honda Clarity EV, Kia Soul EV, Nissan Leaf, Tesla S, and the VW eGolf.  Ride and Drive events are a great way for the community to ask questions and see many EV models at once without having to visit multiple dealerships.

Additionally, on October 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm, Stanford Health Improvement Program in conjunction with the City of Palo Alto, ChargePoint, Project Green Home and Plug in America will be putting on the workshop "Is an Electric Vehicle Right For You?"  This workshop will have EVs onsite and the panel will answer questions related to EV adoption, such as difference between all electric and plug in hybrid EVs; EV charging (home, work and public space); range anxiety misconceptions; battery longevity; buying vs. leasing; and the environmental, economic, and personal benefits of EV adoption.  Participants can register here starting on 9/12/17.

Questions about EVs, Ride and Drive Week, or Palo Alto's Carbon Neutral Electric and Gas portfolio? Give us a call at (650) 329-2241 or find us on Twitter or Facebook.

Last Updated September 8, 2017