The Knoxville Electric Vehicle Association (KEVA) is Knoxville’s leading non-profit dedicated to educating the public on the benefits of driving electric. Functioning as a regional chapter of the Electric Vehicle Association since 2010. Our monthly meetings and events are great places to come talk to daily EV drivers and have your questions answered as well as a community for EV enthusiasts. If you have never driven an EV we would love the opportunity to put you in the driver’s seat at any of our meetings or various events.

KEVA monthly meetings are the second Saturday of every month, usually at 11:00 AM at Carl Cowan Park on Northshore Drive.  The meeting location may occasionally change due to weather or other issues.  Information is posted to the KEVA website and KEVA FB group. Bring a chair and join the discussions. 

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The Electric Vehicle Association (EAA) is a network of EV enthusiasts and “North America’s leading nonprofit that accelerates the adoption of electric vehicles by supporting its 100 chapters and thousands of members as they talk neighbor-to-neighbor in their communities about the benefits of driving electric.” The EVA is our parent organization and we are one of two official chapters in Tennessee (along side the Chattanooga chapter). As KEVA – the Knoxville EV Association – we have been around since forming in 2005 and worked since inception to positively impact citizens in the greater Knoxville community to educate them about the benefits of driving electric.

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The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCleanFuels) is one of roughly 90 U.S. DOE “Clean Cities” Programs across the country and serves the eastern half of Tennessee. ETCleanFuels works in partnership with the other in-state program – the Middle-West TN Clean Fuels Coalition – to serve fleets, partners and other entities with services related to education, outreach and implementation of alternative fuels in vehicles. ETCleanFuels has been working with KEVA for over a decade to plan and hold EV “Ride & Drives” and work on EV outreach throughout the region.

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  • The Drive Electric TN (DET) initiative was born in 2014 by ETCleanFuels to build out educational work to Tennessee citizens on EVs, and work on the Tennessee Workplace Charging Program. In 2017, TVA made a commitment to massively boost the effort and funded several types of work that involved over 100 different people from across Tennessee and beyond to develop the Tennessee EV Roadmap and other outputs to help us have good data. Since then, three “Working Groups” were started and have developed over 10 task forces or committees to work on specific barrier-removing actions to assist Tennessee in growing the number of EVs in our roads from roughly 10,000 at the start of 2020 to 200,000 by the end of 2028.

Current Upcoming Events

Upcoming EVents

Here’s a quick snapshot of what we have going on in the next few months.

June Monthly Meeting at UT Cherokee Farms

June 8th, 2024 11am

Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (IAMM) Building located at 2641 Osprey Vista Way, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Hey everyone, 

This month we are going to try a new location and see how it works out. As some of you know we are running out of space at our normal location so we are using this month to try something new out. We found out we can use one of the big classrooms at the UT extension area called Cherokee Farms. There is also plenty of open space on the streets of that area to show off different EVs when the opportunity arises. So we will see how this goes. We will be in the 1st floor conference room #147 of the Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (IAMM) Building located at 2641 Osprey Vista Way, Knoxville, TN 37920. Just pay attention to the exit signs on Alcoa Hwy for UT Research Park. This is a beautiful area that you can take advantage of after the meeting and walk around the river greenway if you want. Look forward to seeing everyone there. Some of our members have new EVs to show off!

Meeting Agenda

  • Member introductions, meet new members, any get a new EV?
  • Report on previous month
    • Last month at Cadillac
    • Advanced Clean Transportation Expo – Jonathan
    • UT EV Workshop – Eric
  • New EVs releasing second half 2024 to discuss
    • Cadillac Optiq
    • Chevy Equinox
    • Volvo EX-30
    • Polestar 3 and 4
    • Volkswagen ID7 and Buzz
    • much more
  • Leasing vs Buying
    • Better leasing deals
    • Best time to lease?
  • Open Supercharger Network
    • Whose Non-Telsa has used it?
    • Experience with adapters?
    • Order of OEMs onboarding
  • 4th Annual EV’s in the Smokies
  • No July monthly meeting, please attend EV’s in the Smokies
  • More EV News
    • America has been #1 oil producer in the world
    • EVs currently account for 1.8 million barrels a day in “avoided” oil use
    • EV battery passport, where did it all come from, good idea?
    • Ioniq 5 to start production in Georgia soon

Meeting date and time: Saturday June 8th, 11:00am


Meeting location: Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (IAMM) Building located at 2641 Osprey Vista Way, Knoxville, TN 37920.  Room 147 on the 1st floor.

EV’s in the Smokies

July 13th, 2024 11am-6pm

Peaceful Side Social

7967 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN 37882

Last year at PSS we had over 50 EVs sign up & just under 50 show up.  This is more laid back, bring your family & dog (bring a water bowl for Fido) & kinda hang out EVent.  We will be doing Ride & Drives, if anyone is interested.  If you just want to “show” your EV & visit that’s fine too!  PSS has food, a brewery & an ice creamery.  They will also have a large tent for us to eat at.  And bathrooms.  I am looking at more of an outdoorsy theme, maybe camping, so if your EV has a “camping mode” or if you have an after-market car mattress, etc, bring ’em on.  Or if you’ve done a camping conversion & would like to show it off, come on down.  Hammocks, frisbees, cornhole games, etc are welcome.  Even some 10×10 tents too, although expect to share as it gets hot!  I am working on a few things, just for this year, hence the outdoor/camping theme.

Register here to attend and learn more about EVs and get a test drive. Also register here if you already own an EV and want to participate by showing off your EV.  This helps us keep track of how many people and EVs we expect to be there.

Our Staple Yearly Big Events

Drive Electric Earth Day (DEED) is a national campaign to share information about electric vehicles throughout the month of April. In addition to being better for the environment, electric vehicles are more fun to drive, more convenient to fuel and less expensive to operate than gasoline vehicles. Attend an online event to experience driving electric!

  • National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) is a nationwide celebration to raise awareness of the many benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.  Hundreds of events are held each year, with many in-person events offering the opportunity to talk with EV owners, and to ride in or drive a variety of EVs.  NDEW usually takes place in late September, check the website for current dates.  Nationally, NDEW is sponsored by Plug In America, Nissan, and the Electric Auto Association.

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