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 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

May 11th, 2024 11am-2pm

Hey everyone,

We were offered the ability to hold our meeting at Cadillac of Knoxville this month, Saturday May 11th at 11am. Cadillac is located at 10005 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37922. They have graciously offered to provide us with free lunch after the meeting. Let’s thank them by having a good turn out. They plan to have the Cadillac Lyriq available for test drives as well as they plan on bringing out other EVs from the same dealership family. We will be going over the build and features of the Lyriq as well as the Ultium platform it is built on. The Ultium platform is shared with other GM vehicles such as the Chevy Blazer and the Honda Prologue.
Meeting Agenda
  • Member introductions, meet new members, any get a new EV?
  • Report on April DEEM events
    • Blount County EV Experience
    • Oak Ridge Farmers Market
    • Spring Cars and Coffee
    • Y-12 and ORNL
    • Dogwood Arts Festival
  • Guess Speaker – Cadillac Knoxville
    • Learn about the Lyriq
    • Future Cadillac EVs
    • Tour of the Facilities
    • Open Test Drive of the Lyriq
    • Lunch after meeting
  • Ultium Platform 
    • All the vehicles on the platform
    • Design of the Platform and Batteries
  • Tesla Firing the Entire Supercharger Team
    • Why? What does this mean?
    • Timing of other OEMs joining
  • June Meeting 8th
    • Trying a new location, TBA
    • Working on Speaker/Theme
  • 4th Annual EV’s in the Smokies
  • More EV News

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


Meeting location:  10005 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37922.
 Meet in the main lobby first. 

June Monthly Meeting

June 8th, 2024 11am

Our usually places to meet are booked for June so we are looking for venues and guest speakers to make June a great meeting. Stay tuned for more updates.

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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