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

The next Electric Island Drive will be held on September 17, 2017 and all electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are invited to participate. A public Electric Vehicle Fair will be held after the event in the Kapiolani Community College parking lot C. For more information about the event, or to sign up participating vehicles, please visit www.electricislanddrive.org

Blue Planet Foundation hosted the first “Electric Island Driveon Saturday, September 10, 2016, to kick off National Drive Electric Week, a nationwide celebration to highlight the benefits of electric transportation. The “Electric Island Drive” was intended to raise awareness of the environmental, health, and economic benefits of zero emission vehicles and highlight their rapid growth in Hawaii—the state is among the top in the nation for electriccar adoption. Data from the Hawaii State Energy Office show that as of July 2016, there were 4,536 electric vehicles registered statewide, 938 more than the same month last year, an impressive 26% year-over-year increase.

The drive was followed by an electric vehicle party at Kapiolani Community College where participants enjoyed light pupu, drinks, and informational booths about clean transportation, as well as gifts and prizes. The event was made possible thanks to the generous support of Mr. Soichiro Fukutake, director and chairman of Benesse Holdings, Inc., and honorary chairman of the Japan-based Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles.