Each year, Plug In America presents the Drive Electric Awards to people and organizations that are leading the electric vehicle movement.

Paid supporters of Plug In America (who have donated at least $4/month or $48) are invited to submit nominations for the Drive Electric Awards through April 30, 2020. The winners will be selected by a committee comprised of Plug In America board members and EV leaders. The winners will be presented with an award at the National Drive Electric Week Launch Reception 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.

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 paid supporter may submit nominations for the Drive Electric Awards. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time. Self-nominations are welcome. The selection committee comprised of Plug In America board members and other EV leaders 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.

 

Past winners
2019

Lifetime Achievement Award
Gabrielle & Kenneth Adelman

Lifetime Achievement Award
Chelsea Sexton

Individual Award
Chuck Caisley, KCP&L

Individual Award
Andrea Pratt, City of Seattle

Organization Award
Smart Columbus

Utility Award
Austin Energy

City Captain Award
Kitty Adams

City Captain Award
Duff Mitchell

City Captain Award
JD Taylor

Advocate Award
Patty Monahan

Student Award
Samuel Bona

Student Award
Russell Corbin

EV Marketing/Awareness Award
Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

EV City
Los Angeles, California

2018

Individual Award
Denise Gray, LG Chem Power, Inc.

Individual Award
Janea Scott, California Energy Commission

Organization Award
University of California San Diego

City Captain Award
Charles Gerena

City Captain Award
Noel Morin

City Captain Award
Dick Muri

 

 

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