National Drive Electric Week descended upon Los Angeles this weekend, boasting hundreds of visitors, vendors, and automotive manufacturers all looking to promote more efficient transportation in Southern California. Sponsored by Nissan USA, attendees were able to get an exclusive viewing of the all-new next generation Nissan Leaf at one of its first public appearances in Los Angeles.
Other manufacturers, such as Tesla, BMW i Ventures, Audi, Chevrolet, and Ford, were also present, boasting their newest EV and hybrid models, many of which were available for test drives around the downtown Los Angeles test circuit. We particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to test drive the Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance, and all-new BMW 530e xDrive. NDEW also featured an EV owner meet-up at the event, where owners were showing off their unique EV models and answering questions about their cars.
Seeing the support and excitement on both city and statewide levels was inspiring, with both entities fortifying the EV community. Blue LA, an electric car sharing service was at the event, providing test drives of their exclusive EV car that is aiming to transform the car sharing industry of LA, bringing affordable and sustainable EV transportation to the masses. “Charge up L.A.” has been a recent initiative that provides rebates for home and workplace charging infrastructure and was also represented at the event.
Sponsorship was far and wide, from institutions like Southern California Edison to Plug in America, even groups like the Sierra Club made an appearance. Overall, National Drive Electric Week provided a glimpse into what Los Angeles could look like with the adoption of more EV transportation, and from what we saw, it looks promising. Filled with passionate people and some of the brightest minds in the industry, we were inspired by how much excitement there is for transforming the sector.
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