2019 Drive Electric Awards

Plug In America is presenting the second annual Drive Electric Awards to shine a spotlight on the people and organizations accelerating the shift to electric vehicles. The winners will receive a specially designed award at the National Drive Electric Week Kick-off Reception on Tuesday, September 10 in Los Angeles and will be recognized in Plug In America’s newsletter, website, and press release.

The nomination period has now ended. Winners will be announced in September.

Award Categories

Lifetime Achievement Award: This award recognizes an outstanding pioneer in the EV movement. This person has been working to further EV adoption through policy, technology or outreach for at least 15 years.

Individual Award: This award recognizes an individual that has contributed significantly to the EV movement in areas including, but not limited to, technology development, policy/advocacy or education/outreach.

Organization Award: This award recognizes an organization that has contributed significantly to the EV movement in areas including, but not limited to, technology development, policy/advocacy or education/outreach.

City Captain Award: This award recognizes an outstanding event organizer for National Drive Electric Week and/or Drive Electric Earth Day. Considerations include years of service, number of events produced, size and reach of events, number of ride-and-drives, innovation, and other outstanding attributes.

Advocate Award: This award recognizes an individual that has advocated for or influenced policies that benefit the electric vehicle movement.

Student Award: This award recognizes a full-time student that has contributed significantly to the EV movement in areas including, but not limited to, education/outreach, policy/advocacy, or technology development.

Rideshare Driver Award: This award recognizes a rideshare driver that has contributed significantly to the EV movement. This driver should utilize a plug-in vehicle for their work and advocate on behalf of EVs.

EV City Award: This award recognizes a city that has been a leader in the EV movement and taken significant action to increase EV adoption.

EV Marketing/Awareness Award: This award recognizes outstanding achievement in increasing awareness of EVs and their features, attributes, or benefits. Examples of considered work include websites, social media, videos, music, advertising, or other communications. Nominated works may be professionally or independently produced.

Nomination process

Any current Plug In America member may submit nominations for the Drive Electric Awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 31 at 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time. Self-nominations are welcome. The selection committee comprised of Plug In America board members will select the winners from among the nominees. The committee reserves the right to modify the final awards to name more than one winner or no winner for individual categories, move an entry to a different category, and add categories depending on the nominations received. Text and materials collected in the nomination forms may be used for public outreach purposes. Winners must participate in the awards presentation in Los Angeles in person or by submitting a video message.

2018 Drive Electric Award Winners

City Captain Awards

  • Charles Gerena, North Chesterfield, VA
  • Noel Morin, Hilo, HI
  • Dick Muri, Steilacoom, WA

Individual Awards

  • Denise Gray, CEO/President, LG Chem Power, Inc. for her work to advance EV battery technology at General Motors and LG Chem Power, Inc.
  • Janea Scott, Commissioner, California Energy Commission for her work to expand access to clean transportation in disadvantaged communities.

Organization Award

  • University of California San Diego for its many programs that advance EV access and technology, including the installation of 130 charging portals.

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