Tap into the plug-in experiences of electric vehicle (EV) owners and check out their cars at more than 300 locations in coast-to-coast events during National Drive Electric Week from September 8 – 16.

 To find an event in the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, search Drive Electric Week using your city or zip code to locate the closest event. Most events are free.

Plug In America recently launched the PlugStar EV Shopping Assistant to help consumers learn more about driving electric, find the best EV for their needs and connect with a local dealer in their area.

There are seven Electric Drive Week events in the Kansas City/Lawrence area during the week of September 8 – 16.

• Saturday, September 8: 2 – 7 p.m.

Hyvee Parking Lot
625 W. U.S. Highway 40, Blue Springs, MO

Participants include owners of Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X. Learn more at EV.

• Sunday, September 9: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kansas City’s River Market
20 E. 5th St., Kansas City, MO

Participants include owners of Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model S. Learn more at EV.

• Sunday, September 9: 2 – 5 p.m.

Jowler Creek Winery
16905 Jowler Creek Rd., Platte City, MO

At Jowler Creek Winery, all electric or hybrid car drivers will receive tickets for two free wine tastings. Participants include owners of Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X. Learn more at EV.

• Wednesday, September 12: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Village Presbyterian Church
6641 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS

Participants include owners of Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Volvo XC90 and an EV conversion. A classroom presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at EV.

• Thursday, September 13: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Black & Veatch World Headquarters
11410 Lamar Avenue, Overland Park, KS

EVs will be available for test drives. Participants include owners of Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric, Ford Fusion Energi, Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model X and Zero Motorcycle. Learn more at EV.

• Friday, September 14: 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Boulevard Drive In
1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS

EV owners are invited to park in the Boulevard Drive-In’s designated EV parking area to watch the movie, The Predator, which premiers that day. The cost is $10 per car, cash only. Participants include owners of Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Volt, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X. Learn more at EV.

• Saturday, September 15: 1 – 4 p.m.

The Merc Co+op
901 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS

The Merc Co+op features solar parking canopies and a solar powered EV charging station, making this a net-zero carbon EV charging station. The event is sponsored by Sustainable Action Network, Sierra Club/Wakarusa Group and The Merc Co+op. Participants include owners of Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Toyota Plug-in Prius Prime and electric bicycles. Learn more at EV.

 Photo: Paul LeBlond