National Drive Electric Week is just around the corner, Saturday September 9 – Sunday September 17. The annual celebration aims to heighten awareness of the benefits and widespread availability of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles of all shapes and sizes. In honor of this week, CEC is helping put on two electric car shows in Oxnard and Goleta that support our efforts to move the Central Coast to a clean energy future. Local electric vehicle owners are encouraged to register and bring their car to one or both events to share how driving electric is a feasible, economical part of their everyday life. Additional National Drive Electric Week events are being held in San Luis Obispo by our partner, Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition Car Show.
Oxnard – Sunday, September 10
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Channel Islands Harbor next to West Channel Park and near the Farmers Market at 3610 South Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, CA 93035.
Details: Electric Vehicle Roundup and Best.Ride.EVer. Test Drive. See more details and register here.
San Luis Obispo – Thursday, September 14
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: SLO Downtown Farmers Market at 995 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
Details: Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition Car Show. See more details and register here.
Goleta – Sunday, September 17
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: at the entrance to the California Lemon Festival at Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd, Goleta, CA 93117.
Details: Goleta Drive Electric Car Show. See more details and register here.
San Luis Obispo– Thursday, September 21
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: 3433 Roberto Ct., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Details: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Ride and Drive with free lunch. See more details and register here.
CEC’s work at the car shows is supported with a grant from the national Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative, and is part of the local Plug-in Central Coast initiative, a partnership between public agencies and nonprofits that work to support the adoption of cleaner electric vehicles in local communities. Earlier this year, Plug-in Central Coast received additional funding from the California Energy Commission for Zero Emission Vehicle Readiness Implementation, with specific emphasis on projects in lower income and environmental justice communities, where residents bear a disproportionate share of harmful air pollution and other environmental impacts.
According to a recent California Environmental Protection Agency assessment, Oxnard is ranked in the top 20% of the most environmentally burdened communities in the state, with some parts of the city ranked above the top 10%. A recent California Air Resources Board assessment, also showed that there are more than 10 low-income census tracts located in Santa Barbara County. A shift away from fossil fuels to cleaner electric vehicles and renewable energy can reduce the high levels of local air pollution that directly affect the health and well-being of Oxnard residents, and it could also help some local families save money on transportation.
The California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project offers a $2,500 rebate to all Californians who buy or lease an electric vehicle. The rebate is increased to $4,500 for lower-to-moderate income drivers (defined as $48,720 annual income for a family of two). Electric vehicle drivers also receive a $450 Clean Fuel Rebate from Southern California Edison. The combined $4,950 in rebates is sufficient to cover more than half the cost of a 3-year lease for some electric vehicle models.
A family could lease an electric vehicle and use the rebates to drive it at no cost for the first 20 to 22 months, then pay around $200 per month for the remaining 14 to 16 months. And since most electric vehicles get the equivalent of 100 to 120 miles per gallon, a commuter driving an average of 50 miles per day in an electric vehicle could save over $120 on gasoline each month.