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Electric Vehicle Ride and Drives

Ride and Drives

Electric vehicle Ride and Drive events expose a new audience to electric vehicles and educate on how they can be incorporated into their lives. See below for upcoming and past events.

Upcoming public events:

We do not have any public ride and drive events currently scheduled, but rest assured that we are planning more! If you would like to host a ride and drive event, please contact the bureau at drivegreen@dep.nj.gov.

Past Events

August 3, 2021 - Virtual EV Test Drive

Learn more about electric vehicles and New Jersey's valuable incentives in this Virtual EV Test Drive. With many exciting new EV models hitting the roads, this is poised to be a banner year for electric cars. And, New Jersey has the best EV incentives in the U.S., with up to $5,000 in rebates and no state sales tax for eligible vehicles. Plug In America, with support from the DEP and NJ Board of Public Utilities, hosted a Virtual Test Drive with demonstrations of EVs in action. Experts answered questions and discussed the incentives and rebate programs that can help you get into an EV!

This video includes:
✔ EV 101 basics
✔ Charging at home and on the go
✔ Three EV test drives with live expert Q&A
✔ Rebates and incentives

Check out New Jersey's EV rebate program Charge Up New Jersey and the state Zero Emission Vehicle sales tax exemption. There are dozens of EVs on the market today, at every size, shape and price point. Here are a few tools to help you explore your options and find the right fit.


September 21, 2019 Howell Day Green Fair

The Ride and Drive event was held in conjunction with the Howell Day Green Fair at Soldier Memorial Park in Howell, NJ. NJDEP had two tables set up to conduct the pre and post surveys and waivers, and interact with the attendees.
Estimated total attendance: 100 attendees
Vehicles available for test drives: BMW 530e, Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Ioniq, Hyundai Kona, Jaguar I-PACE, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model X, Toyota Prius Prime
Total number of test drives: 65
Total number of test rides: 75

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May 11, 2019 Sustainable Princeton's GreenFEST

The Ride and Drive event was held in at the Princeton shopping center. This event marked the final event in a four-event pilot campaign spanning the state and was held at Sustainable Princeton's first-ever GreenFEST. Sustainable Princeton worked closely with DEP to provide an electric vehicle ride and drive event for residents. In addition to electric vehicles, there were also electric bicycles present for test drives.
Estimated total attendance: 1,000 attendees at entire event
Vehicles available for test drives: Audi e-tron, Ford Fusion Energi, Tesla Model 3, and Tesla Model S
Total number of test drives: 83
Total number of test rides: 38

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May 9, 2019 Bristol-Myer Squibb Princeton-Pike Campus

The Ride and Drive event was held at the Bristol-Myer Squibb Princeton-Pike Campus in Lawrenceville Township, NJ. This event marked the third in a four-event pilot campaign spanning the state. Bristol-Myer Squibb worked closely with DEP to provide and electric vehicle ride and drive event for their employees.
Estimated total attendance: 1,800 attendees at entire event
Vehicles available for test drives: Audi e-tron, Ford Fusion Energi, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Volvo S60 T8, Volvo XC60 T8, and Volvo XC90 T8.
Total number of test drives: 131
Total number of test rides: 32

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May 8, 2019 Bristol-Myer Squibb Lawrenceville Campus

The Ride and Drive event was held at the Bristol-Myer Squibb Lawrenceville Campus in Lawrenceville, NJ. This event marked the second in a four-event pilot campaign spanning the state. Bristol-Myer Squibb worked closely with DEP to provide and electric vehicle ride and drive event for their employees.
Estimated total attendance: 1,500 attendees at entire event
Vehicles available for test drives: Ford Fusion Energi, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, and Tesla Model X.
Total number of test drives: 88
Total number of test rides: 36

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May 4, 2019 Secaucus Green Festival

Our first-ever Ride and Drive event was held at the Secaucus Green Festival. This event marked the first in a four-event pilot campaign spanning the state and was held at Xchange at Secaucus Junction in Secaucus. The Town of Secaucus worked closely with DEP to provide and electric vehicle ride and drive event for residents at the 9th annual Secaucus Green Festival.
Estimated total attendance: 3,000 attendees at entire event
Vehicles available for test drives: Ford Fusion Energi and Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid.
Total number of test drives: 54
Total number of test rides: 30

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