EV Ride & Drive Events

Blue Planet Foundation and Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii, along with local business and institution partners, host a number of Electric Vehicle (EV) Ride-and-Drive events every year. These educational events give participants the opportunity to drive a variety of electric vehicle models, learn about electric vehicle technologies from dealerships and owners, and to receive information on the charging options and technologies available that make electric vehicles a feasible transportation choice.

Ride-and-Drives are fun and interactive, bringing people an easy opportunity to experience a diverse lineup of plug-in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids at a single event. Participants can choose from multiple models to test drive, and garner valuable information about EV charging equipment. Host organizations can showcase their commitment to the sustainability and our community, and encourage their employees to drive electric. A typical cross-section of vehicle models includes BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Audi A3 e-tron, Chevrolet Volt, Tesla Model S, Kia Soul EV (based on availability).

If you are interested in attending our next ride-and-drive event, please contact lauren@blueplanetfoundation.org for dates and information.

Drive Electric Hawaii

Blue Planet Foundation is a founding partner of Drive Electric Hawaii, a collaboration of the state's best energy minds tasked with finding ways to accelerate clean transportation with electric vehicles powered by renewable energy. The partnership includes Blue Planet Foundation, along with the Hawaii State Department of Transportation, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Division of Consumer Advocacy, the Hawaiian Electric Companies, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Ulupono Initiative. In 2016, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and agreed on a vision for powering ground transportation using 100% renewable energy.

Electric Island Drive

STCH and Blue Planet Foundation hosted the second annual Electric Island Drive in honor of National Drive Electric Week, a nationwide celebration to highlight the benefits of electrified transportation and Hawaii's higher-than-average EV adoption rate. Data from the Hawaii State Energy Office shows that as of August 2017, there were 6,216 electric vehicles registered in the state, a 34.2% increase from the same month last year.

The 2017 Electric Island Drive hosted over 90 electric vehicles in a community drive from downtown Honolulu through Waikiki to Kapiolani Community College. The drive was followed by an electric vehicle fair at Kapiolani Community College where attendees enjoyed live music by Cory Oliveras, food vendors, raffle prizes, and informational booths about clean transportation and related stakeholder organizations. The event was made possible thanks to the generous support of Ulupono Initiative and Hawaiian Electric.