For the past five years, Steilacoom has played host to the South Sound region’s participation in National Drive Electric Week. Spearheaded by none other than Dick Muri (Republican Washington State Representative for District 28), the Steilacoom electric vehicle showcase has grown by leaps and bounds, with just 62 attendees the first year to a list of 389 attendees registered for this year. Muri is a proponent for sustainable energy and electric vehicles.
The electric vehicle show takes place Saturday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1700 Lafayette St. in downtown Steilacoom. The venue will be slightly different than last year. The event will again be in historic downtown Steilacoom (oldest municipality in the State of Washington – established in 1854). The event is centered at the tennis courts with parking spots for electric vehicles along the closed-to-through-traffic Lafayette, Wilkes, and Commercial Streets. There will be enough parking for 120 electric vehicles. The event includes many electric vehicle themed vendor booths. There is a coffee shop (Steilacoom Coffee Cabin), three restaurants (Bair Drug, Topside and De la Terre) and the brand-new Steilacoom Tap Room right at the site. Visitors can view electric vehicles, car-show style, and will have opportunity to take a ride in one. Guest speakers (TBA) will be in in the Steilacoom Town Hall, giving 45-minute presentations at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Event pictures and other interesting items will be posted on the Pierce County Electric Vehicle Information Exchange at driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1202.
Steilacoom’s National Drive Electric Week event is sponsored by Plug in America, The Sierra Club, the Electric Auto Association, Nissan LEAF and ClipperCreek, Inc.
The goal of National Drive Electric Week is to get owners of plug-in cars together with the general public so that the general public can learn from the owners what plug-in cars are like in the real world. We hope that this will lead more people to think about working a plug-in vehicle into a future purchase.
National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 8-16, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have successfully done so.
Started in 2011 as National Plug In Day with the simple idea to hold simultaneous events across the country on the same day, by popular demand National Drive Electric has expanded to an entire week of events and changed the name to emphasize the benefits of driving electric. It is anticipated that National Drive Electric Week 2018 will again grow to include more events in more cities with more drivers reaching out to share the many advantages of driving electric with the public.
Each event is led by local plug-in drivers and advocates and typically includes some combination of EV parades, ride-and-drives, electric tailgate parties, press conferences, award ceremonies, informational booths and more. Plug In America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association serve as the national team providing support to the events throughout the country.
In related news: on Saturday, Sept. 15, LeMay–America’s Car Museum (2702 E. D St., Tacoma) is hosting an Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive event with Tacoma Public Utilities and Puget Sound Energy from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See for more information.
Augmented with material from National Drive Electric Week.