Drive Electric Earth Month

Drive Electric Earth Month
Newport, OR
Apr 14, 2019

Day: Sunday, April 14, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Toyota of Newport
3234 S. Coast Hwy
Newport, OR 97365
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2019.

Event Report

Newport, Oregon, put together a fantastic Drive Electric Earth Day event that was well attended. Toyota of Newport cleared a portion of their sales lot so we could fill it with electric cars. Not only was there plenty of room for cars and people, but we had prime exposure to busy Highway 101. Central Lincoln PUD provided a free hamburger or hot dog for the first 200 participants from Phill's Smokn Grill set up onsite. Coastline Auto Detail featured a Tesla Model 3 that was newly ceramic coated along with a Toyota pickup in various stages of ceramic coating. One Tesla Model 3 showed his camping setup with a small refrigerator hooked up in the trunk along with a blender for smoothies.

The festive event had 24 EVs, somewhat fewer than expected due to weather forecast but the rain held off for the show. Several EV ownes also dropped in during the show. We had the Electrica Meccanica Solo prototype, a new one-person EV. Tesla was well represented including the Tesla mobile service team. Display cars included the Chevy Bolt, Arcimoto, Kia Soul EV, Smart Electric, Nissan LEAF, Honda Clarity PHEV, and Prius Prime PHEV. People were able to drive the Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model 3, and Tesla Model X.

Central Lincoln PUD and Coastline Auto Detail provided t-shirts for the drivers and vendors at the show. Oregon Beach Vacations donated a two-night stay at one of their properties and Coastline Auto Detail provided car care products as door prizes. We consistently heard participants say that they appreciated the knowledge and advice available on hand from the EV owners. We're certain some of these folks will be buying EVs in the near future. Our thanks for everyone's support to make this a successful event.

photo by: Chris Chandler, Central Lincoln PUD
The mini-EV section drew attention with the Solo prototype, a one-person EV, and a locally owned Arcimoto which is made in Eugene, Oregon.

More photos from this event.

Event Description


Do you love to talk about your electric car?  Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 14, and cruise on over to our Drive Electric Earth Day event in Newport, Oregon. Toyota of Newport is opening their lot to all EVs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Dealers who sell EVs are also welcome to attend.  Lunch for participating EV owners/drivers will be provided by Central Lincoln PUD.  EV owner participants who are present onsite and registered on the DEED website are eligible for our door prize drawing--a two-night vacation stay from Oregon Beach Vacations.

If you are contemplating getting your first electric car, take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to visit with and ask questions of owners with real-life experience.   The following models are currently scheduled to be on display: 

Toyota Prius Prime
  Toyota Rav 4 all-electric courtesy car  *  Chevrolet Bolt, Spark, and Volt  *  Electrica Meccanica Solo  *

Ford Focus EV
  *  Honda Clarity PHEV  *  Kia Soul EV  *  Mini Cooper Countryman conversion  *  Nissan LEAF  * 

Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3  *  Arcimoto

Licensed and insured drivers can even experience an EV firsthand by driving one.  To date our drive and ride cars are:

Toyota Prius Prime  *  Tesla Model 3

Drop-in electric cars are certainly welcome the day of the event but for a lunch count we greatly appreciate your pre-registration.  Dealers must pre-register.    Add to our electric miles driven total by clicking on the registration button.  Let’s fill the Toyota of Newport lot with electric cars!

[Event information will be revised as updates become available.]

Drive Electric Earth Day is a national campaign to share information about electric vehicles during April 2019. In addition to being better for the environment, electric vehicles are more fun to drive, more convenient to fuel and less expensive to operate than gasoline vehicles. Learn from real electric vehicle drivers about the many advantages of driving electric.

    Electrica Meccanica Solo                        Toyota Prius Prime                                 Toyota Rav 4 EV

            Honda Clarity PHEV                                     Chevrolet Bolt                                 Kia Soul EV    
                 Ford Focus EV                           Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X                    Arcimoto

Registered Attendees

There are currently 66 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Tesla Model 3 12
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 5
Tesla Model S 3
Tesla Model X 3
Chevrolet Bolt 2
Kia Soul EV 2
Arcimoto SRK 1
Electra Meccanica Solo 1
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid 1
MINI Countryman Plug-In 1
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 1
Other Plug-In Vehicle 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
13 Models 34

Registered attendees report 523,040 electric miles driven.

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