Drive Electric Earth Month

Drive Electric Earth Month
Hilo, HI
Apr 26, 2019

Day: Friday, April 26, 2019 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: University of Hawaii
200 W Kawili St
Hilo, HI 96720
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2019.

Event Report

Our Drive Electric Earth Day event was held in conjunction with the University of Hawaii’s Earth Day celebration. There were over 1000 visitors of all ages through out the 5-hour event. (The organizer expected 1500.) We had limited display space but we were able to squeeze in 5 electric cars - a Mitsubishi i-MIEV, Mercury Lynx, Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model S, and Tesla Model 3. The crowd snapped up our handouts, asked many questions, and took countless selfies with the cars. Our Model 3 was especially popular with our guests - a handful were potential buyers who had yet to sit in one.

We were especially impressed with the students who visited (all grades were represented). Many recognized the Tesla brand and quite a few were aware of the environmental benefits of EVs. Some were even aware of specifics like the ideal time of day for charging a vehicle.

Importantly, there were a few guests who were not aware of the more affordable options that are now available and are now seriously considering an EV. (This demonstrates the value of awareness-building and myth-busting in getting our friends and neighbors to adopt electrics.)

photo by: Gary Miller
Drive Electric Earth Day at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. BIEVA member, Phil Barnes is showing off the Tesla Model S, Chevy Bolt, and '81 Mercury Lynx to several students.

More photos from this event.

Event Description


The Big Island Electric Vehicle Association will celebrate Drive Electric Earth Day at this year’s University of Hawaii Hilo & Hawaii Community College Earth Fair and Conservation Career Day. We will be one of several presenters during this event, one that will be attended by students of all grades and the public.

We will be sharing the benefits of electric vehicles and their role in our state’s sustainability goals. We’ll have electric cars on display.

The event will be at the UH Hilo Campus Center Plaza and Library Lanai, 200 W Kawili St, Hilo.

Additional details will be shared as the plans are finalized.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 5 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Tesla Model 3 1
2 Models 2

Registered attendees report 71,000 electric miles driven.

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