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Published on August 25th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Columbia’s Electric Tailgate Party

Enjoy ride-and-drives, dealer test drives, activities stations for kids, information packets, giveaways, Whole Foods Market Giving Grill

Columbia, SC – Electric vehicle drivers, enthusiasts, and intrigued local residents are invited to attend Columbia’s Electric Tailgate Party. The event will highlight the fun, clean-air benefits and cost savings of electric cars, as part of Columbia’s second annual Drive Electric celebration held September 19th from 10am to 2pm.

Hosted by Whole Foods Market, and sponsored by the Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition, Columbia’s Electric Tailgate Party will offer plug-in car test drives and rides, children’s activities, and electric car technology discussions.  Plug-in vehicles by Nissan, Chevrolet, Tesla, Ford, Mitsubishi, BMW, and other automakers will be on-site.  Plug-in owners will be on hand to demonstrate the features of electric cars along with information on Columbia’s public car charging infrastructure.  Whole Foods will be grilling lunch with all donated proceeds going to our local non-profit partners:  The Landrum Washington Legacy Fund, and Keep the Midlands Beautiful.

“The Drive Electric Week events are a great way to educate the public about the benefits of electric vehicles,” said Jennifer Satterthwaite, Coordinator of the Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition. “EVs are growing in popularity, but there are still those who are skeptical of the technology and have anxiety about being able to travel long distances using only battery technology. Columbia’s Electric Tailgate Party is a great way to educate yourself about the benefits of electric vehicles by talking not only to the dealers, but EV owners who can give honest, real-world feedback about their experiences driving all electric.”

Columbia’s event is one of more than 100 across the country where electric vehicle owners and their neighbors will hold electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, recognition of leaders promoting EVs, launches of new public EV charging stations, and other public events.

Local Electric Vehicle Enthusiasts, Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition, and Whole Foods Market Columbia are teaming up with National Drive Electric Week national organizers Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association to put on this year’s Columbia, SC event.

For more information about Columbia’s Drive Electric Week, visit:

For a complete list of National Drive Electric Week events, visit:

About Plug In America: Plug In America is leading the nation’s plug-in vehicle movement. The nonprofit organization works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. We drive electric. You can, too.

About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.1 million members and supporters nationwide.  The Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil campaign advocates for a switch to Electric Vehicles as one important way to reduce emissions and cut our addiction to oil.  For more information, visit

About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

About the Landrum Washington Legacy Fund:  Our mission is to inspire, to assist and to empower high school graduates with outstanding talents who have average grades to achieve their academic goals through our scholarship programs, educational workshops and community involvement.



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One Response to Columbia’s Electric Tailgate Party

  1. Phillip C. Washington says:

    National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) SC Midlands Professionals Chapter will host a kids event tables. It should be fun and educational!

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