Ride Electric Berkeley 2018

The second annual Ride Electric was held in Civic Center Park on Allston Way in Berkeley across from the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

We look forward to hosting you for an even bigger event in September 2019.

Drive Electric Week is a free national event with similar festivals happening all around the country.  Make the switch to zero emission transportation!

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are more affordable than ever

At this free annual event we:

  • Discovered the latest electric cars and bikes
  • Talked to local EV owners
  • Found resources for purchasing, leasing and rebates
  • Test rode Ford GoBikes and Trek Electric Bikes
  • And the kids enjoyed the Art activities and Bounce House


2nd Annual Ride Electric –  Sep 15, 2018


We had two all electric streets

Allston without traffic was a delightful place to chat about EVs and test ride electric bikes.


Ride Electric is a great opportunity to talk and learn

Learn More 

Ride Electric at the Farmer’s Market was co-hosted by:


  • the El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee
    • The EQC is a group of 15 members of the public selected by the city council  to Educate, inspire, and activate ourselves and our community to sustainably thrive
    • The EQC is dedicated to the Greening of El Cerrito through:
      • City policy and program development
      • City cleanup and habitat improvement
      • Public education
    •  El Cerrito Climate Action Plan (CAP) adopted May 21, 2013.
    • El Cerrito Document Library
      • San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan – adopted Sep 22, 2014.
        Chapter 1: Introduction
        Chapter 2: Form Based Code
        Chapter 3: Complete Streets
        Chapter 4: Infrastructure Analysis
      • Active Transportation Plan – 2016
      • Urban Greening Plan – 2015
      • Ohlone Greenway Master Plan – 2009
      • Circulation Plan for Bycyclists and Pedestrians – 2007



Ride Electric was also supported by the following organizations. 

Click on their links to learn more:


  • Albany Climate Action Coalition
    • A group of engaged Albany citizens who are working towards an exciting carbon neutral future for our city. But it starts with activating our network: informing our neighbors, motivating local change, and energizing our sustainable community,
    • Their  mission is to educate the public and empower them to take action that will impact our carbon neutral goals. Through grassroots outreach and networking, their goal is that Albanys 19,000 citizens will adopt renewable energy, clean transportation, and high efficiency standards at home and throughout the community.


  • Berkeley Climate Action Coalition
    •  The Berkeley Climate Coalition is organized around several Working Groups, each dedicated to carrying out an action that aligns with the Climate Action Plan. Projects include:
      • Advancing Community Choice Aggregation
      • Land Use + Urban Agriculture and Greening.The Land Use Working Group has created a Berkeley Community Gardening Handbook, which reflects its growing body of knowledge on how to establish community gardens in Berkeley.
      • Transportation Infrastructure for Cyclists, Pedestrians, and Public Transit Riders.  Click here to view the Working Group’s April 2015 Report, “Milvia Bicycle Boulevard: Changes Needed.”


  • Citizen’s Climate Lobby
    • A non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
    • Their respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations.
    • They work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions by building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and their mission is to empower their supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities.
    • They are training local volunteers to how to lobby, build relationships with our elected officials and the media and tto attain the political will necessary for passage of their Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal


  • Clean Vehicle Rebate Project
    • California Air Resources Board Program
    • Drive clean and save California residents get up to $7,000 for the purchase or lease of a new, eligible zero-emission or plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicle.


  • East Bay Clean Cities Coalition  and their sign-up page
    • Clean Cities is a nationwide grassroots program sponsored by the federal Department of Energy and focused specifically on reducing petroleum fuel consumption in the United States.
    • There are approximately 90 other Clean Cities Coalitions throughout the nation currently.


  • Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association
    • GGEVA is an all-volunteer, educational, support, and advocacy nonprofit that promotes electric vehicles. GGEVA is a chapter of the Electric Auto Association, a non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization.
    • GGEVA’s primary activities are in Marin County and San Francisco, California.
    • Electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, scooters, bikes, buses, trains, and boats provide emission-free, efficient, and quiet transportation. These vehicles are powered only by electricity and use no fossil fuels.




  • NorCal Solar
    • A staple of the solar community since 1974, Norcal Solar is a member-supported, nonprofit organizationProvides resources and organizes educational events with the resolve that the unbiased exchange of information and the power of community are the cornerstones of a 100% renewable energy future.
    • Find Education
    • Non-Bypassable Charges (NBCs) in Net Metering 2.0   This short video describes NBCs, where they are located in the rate sheet, and how they are calculated, and gives ways to easily estimate what they will be for most residential customers.



  • SunWork
    • Use less than $100* of electricity a month?  SunWork can make solar power work for you and save you 15% compared to negotiating with a solar contactor on your own
    • SunWork Renewable Energy Projects is a nonprofit in California’s San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast that installs solar electricity systems on small-energy-footprint homes with the help of trained volunteers.
    • SunWork’s model lets it deliver solar power to homeowners with already modest electricity use (and correspondingly low electricity bills) at a third less than the conventional cost, allowing more people to make the switch to solar
    • SunWork takes care of every aspect of a solar installation, from site analysis and system design, to permitting and rebate paperwork, to installation, inspection, and continued support.
    • SunWork is deeply committed to creating a safe, energetic, enjoyable, and meaningful experience for its volunteers, and to achieving the highest standard of quality and convenience for its customers.
    • It is a pleasure to work with Sunwork!


  • City of Albany
    • The Sustainability Division manages the City’s urban environment to promote a greener, sustainable Albany. The Environmental Resources program areas include clean water, solid waste and recycling, climate protection, and Green Albany outreach.
    • Sustainability has partnered with green economic development and the Urban Forestry Program within the City’s Sustainability Environment and Economic Development Program (Program SEED). These partnerships are designed to provide an integrated approach to economic development that includes sustainability, community development and economic gardening.
    • The Sustainability Division also serves as staff liaison to the City’s Sustainability Committee.



Nissan Leaf

Nissan was the official partner of the event and we had several sparkling Nissan Leafs to admire. It is Leafs and not Leaves I think.  hahahaha

  • Starting MSRP $29,990
  • Or as low as $22,490 after federal tax credits
  • $219 per month lease of 36 months advertised on Sep 17, 2018
  • Or even lower with local rebates
  • Winner World Car Award – 2018 World Green Car
  • CES Innovation  Awards – 2018 Honoree

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevy Bolt with an an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a single charge has a longer range than some other models.   The Bolt is a cool looking car with  a long list of impressive characteristics, including some of the most technologically advanced features, stand-out looks and plenty of space.

Their sweet spot is “For your everyday routine and everything in between.  Because life never stops, here’s an electric vehicle that can keep up”

  • Starting at $36,620
  • $29,995 after federal tax credit
  • 56.6 CU. FT max cargo
  • 238 Miles of electric range with a fill charge


And of course, a row of cherry Teslas Model Esses is a treat for any car lover,

  • Model S
    • Zero to Sixty in two point five something flat
    • Five star safety rating
    • 335 mile range
  • Model X
    • Room for seven
    • 295 mile range
  • Model 3
    • Zero to Sixty in three point five something seconds
    • 310 mile range
    • All wheel drive dual motor
  • Roadster
  • Energy
    • Convert Sunlight into Energy
    • Store Energy with Powerwall
    • Access Backup Power Anytime

Fiat 500e

  • 121 MPGe City/103 MPGe Highway Ratings,
  • Driving Range of 84 Miles
  • Zero Emission Vehicle
  • Navigation and Uconnect Access with Electric Vehicle App
  • High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Battery is Covered by an 8-Year Limited Warranty
  • MSRP starting at $32,995

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BMW i3

Plenty of room for four for lunch,   The i3 was the first in  BMW’s i series of electric vehicles.  Now BMW also makes an i8 to compete for the zoooooooooooom crowd.

The i3 debuted as a concept at the 2011 International Motor Show Germany,  and production began in July 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.

As of December 2016, the i3 ranked as the world’s third best selling all-electric car in history with more than 65,000 units sold since its inception.[   The U.S. is its best-selling market with over 31,000 units sold through 2017.

The BMW i3 has won two World Car of the Year Awards, selected as 2014 World Green Car of the Year and also as 2014 World Car Design of the Year.

Kia Soul EV

  • MSRP Starting at $33,950
  • Eligible for up to $10,000 in State and Federal Tax Incentives
  • Available Panoramic Sunroof
  • EPA estimated range 0-111 miles
  • Standard Remote Charging Schedules powered by UVO eco

The Kia Soul is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive, five-door subcompact crossover (Mini MPV)  Now in its second generation. designed at Kia’s design center in California, the Soul debuted at the 2008 Paris Motor Show and is manufactured in South Korea.


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Smart Car- EQ fortwo

  • Discover the 2018 smart EQ fortwo the all electric city car with engineering from Mercedes Benz


Farmer’s Market

Next September will be lovely as well come on down to 3rd Annual Ride Electric and enjoy the farmer’s market as well.


Thank You Sponsors and Volunteers!!   

I look forward to helping on Ride Electric 2019.

It was fun to be a volunteer at this free event and I thank all the other volunteers.  Many hands make the work lighter.  Special thanks to Rebecca Milliken who organized this electric event and Howdy Gowdy who represented the EQC all day at our table.