Palmetto Clean Fuels (PCF) and the Office of Regulatory Staff- Energy Office (Energy Office) kicked off National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) 2017 on Friday, September 8th with a “pop-up” electric vehicle (EV) parking spot on Main Street in downtown Columbia. The parking spot featured signage and pavement markings and even included a parked Tesla Model S to demonstrate how EV-friendly streets could look. This visual representation is part of the “Plug in SC” plan being developed by the Energy Office. The plan supports the implementation of EV infrastructure and provides recommendations on the use of standardized signage for EV charging stations.
The main event, an “electric car tailgate,” took place on Saturday, September 9th in Columbia, and on September 16th in Aiken. The upstate celebration was canceled due to Hurricane Irma. In Columbia, PCF joined Plug In America, Sierra Club, the Electric Auto Association, and BMW of Columbia in organizing an event at the Cross Hill Market shopping center. A large section of the parking lot was blocked off for vendors, volunteer groups, and of course, electric cars. Both private owners and dealers showcased different makes and models of fully electric and hybrid EVs including Tesla, Nissan, BMW, and others. Several test rides were given, and attendees were able to experience and learn more about EVs up close. Nissan Leaf is the national sponsor of Drive Electric Week.