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 Auto 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. 

Partners

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The Electric Auto 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 EAA 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.

May Monthly Meeting @ Carl Cowan Park

May 14th, 11am

Hey everyone,

Spring is here, let’s meet back at Carl Cowan park to enjoy the nice weather. The forecast looks good for Saturday in the 80s and our typical area is nice and shaded. In the future months I would like to try and host a meeting at the Farragut Senior Center and give it a try, I just haven’t had the time to secure it yet. We may also have an interesting location/speaker available for our June meeting so please stay tuned for that. Reminder for everyone to bring a chair for the park. Hopefully we see a lot of new faces from our Drive Electric Earth Day Events!
Meeting Agenda
  • Member introductions, meet new members, any updates
  • Recap of KEVA DEED events in April
  • Recap from other DEED events in area
  • Report from TDOT EV charging planning sessions around the state
  • 2nd Annual EV in the Smokies — Marty Young
    • July 9th, 10am – 4pm Townsend Visitor Center
    • Plenty of space for picnic, games, BBQ, come on out!
    • Invite all EV groups, tell your friends!
  • Update on our Appalachian Highlands neighbor group
    • How can we spread the word to help build that group?
  • Possible June Meeting Ideas
  • Summer EV group activity ideas?
    • The dragon/Tapoco resort lunch?
  • Open Discussion on the latest EV News.
    • Anyone planning on going to Fully Charged Live North America?
    • Ford to sell 8 million share of 102 million stake in Rivian.
    • Elon buying twitter good or bad for Tesla?
    • Toyota is about to reach the refund cap of 200,000 vehicles, probably by October.
    • And tons more!

Meeting date and time: Saturday May 14th, 11:00am

Meeting location: Carl Cowan Park 10058 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37922

We will meet in the back area of the park past the kids splash pad area, where there is a large shaded area with some picnic benches. Bring your chairs to sit out. There is plenty of parking and bathrooms onsite. Sorry there is no charging at this location.

June Monthly Meeting

June 11th, 11am

Possible new location and guess speaker so stay tuned, more details to come.

2nd Annual EV in the Smokies

July 9th, 10am-4pm Townsend Visitor Center

EVs In The Smokies 2022

The Knoxville Electric Vehicle Association (KEVA) and Drive Electric Tennessee (DET) are excited to announce EVs In The Smokies on July 9th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Townsend Visitors Center in Townsend, Tennessee.

If you drive a gas vehicle, bring your questions and curiosity and enjoy checking out all the EVs that will be there! You will be able to talk with EV owners and learn about transitioning to clean, quiet, fast, and fun electric driving!

If you drive an EV, bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and enjoy a fun day hanging out in the smokies to share your enthusiasm with current and future EV owners! If your EV is a motorcycle, we’ll have extra lawn chairs for you 🙂

If you have questions about the event, please contact KEVA at Knoxville.ev.club@gmail.com

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 2021 takes place September 25th – October 3rd.  Nationally, NDEW is sponsored by Plug In America, Nissan, and the Electric Auto Association.

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