EV Ride + Drive


Thinking about upgrading your ride to an electric vehicle? Interested in the future of transportation in our community? Don’t miss LES’ EV Ride + Drive! Get the details below!

LES' EV Ride + Drive

EV-rything you want to know about EVs

Nebraska’s first EV Ride + Drive event, presented by Lincoln Electric System with support from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, is set to cap off LES’ Sustainable Living Week on July 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lincoln’s Haymarket Park.


And be sure to visit our Sustainable Living Week website, LES.com/GoGreen, July 19-24 for sustainable living tips, videos and activities from LES and our community partners!

A full day for EV education!

Take an EV for a spin and learn about purchasing and owning a plug-in vehicle from local EV owners and dealers. Grab some food from local food trucks while watching the kids run around the play area, and check out booths from our community partners. All test drivers will receive a $5 food voucher to redeem at one of the event food trucks. Electric buses from the City’s StarTran fleet will shuttle visitors from the Haymarket to Haymarket Park during the event.


Our lineup


  • 10 a.m. – Ride + Drive test drives start.*
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Community partner booths.
  • 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. – “EVerything about EVs” presentation by Dr. Don Cox, adjunct professor, UNL College of Engineering, and former Stanford faculty member of 20 years. He is an EV enthusiast and subject matter expert, who also served as a pioneer in wireless technologies. His research at Bell Labs was fundamental in the
    development of mobile phone technology.
  • 12 p.m. – Welcome from local leaders.
  • Various times – LES high-voltage demos.
  • 3 p.m. – Event closes.

*Note: You must be 21 years of age or older and present a valid driver’s license to participate in the test drive. Car seats are not allowed.

EV test drives

Although all preregistration time slots for test drives have been filled, you’ll find a variety of electric vehicle attractions at our Ride + Drive event, including EV car displays, visiting with plug-in vehicle owners, attending one of several EVerything about EV workshops and more.


A limited number of test drive time slots may be available the day of the event.

Booths & activities


Be sure to stop by the booths and visit with our event partners! See HVCcycle’s EV motorcycles and Speedy Pete’s E-BIKES, and learn about UNL’s green efforts from the College of Engineering – Aerospace Club.


Step inside EdITH, LES’ Educational Interactive Tiny House, for tips on conserving energy in your home. And swing by LES’ high-voltage demos to see how important it is to be safe around electricity.

A few stats…

Local plug-in vehicles


LES passenger fleet (hybrids, plug-in hybrids, all-electric)

Median EV range for 2020 model year