For Immediate Release: October 23, 2023

Kick the tires on an EV at the Sacramento International Auto Show

New SMUD program prepares customers for EV switch

SMUD's EV Ride and Drive team is joining the Sacramento International Auto Show, starting this Friday, to offer EV test drives and educate customers about EV charging, incentives and the latest EV tech.

What: EV Ride and Drive at the Sacramento International Auto

Media availability 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Friday

Event held Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: Cal Expo, Blue Gate near Lot D

SMUD can help put customers in the driver’s seat on their journey toward environmentally friendly transportation. As part of our new initiative, SMUD invites customers to contact SMUD first for end-to-end information and support for a seamless transition to sustainable mobility.

During the event, customers can learn about the full potential of electric vehicles and take them for a test drive. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • get behind the wheel and experience the latest advancements in electric vehicles,
  • learn all about EV charging options and how to save money,
  • engage with EV owners to hear about and learn from their experiences,
  • discover various incentives and rebates that make EVs an affordable and eco-friendly transportation option.

Visitors to the ride and drive can explore and experience an impressive lineup of electric vehicles from Chevy, Ford, Tesla, Nissan, Toyota, VW and more.

Customers can get all their EV questions answered during the three-day event or by calling SMUD at 1-833-243-4236 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., emailing or visiting

SMUD is transforming its power supply, actively pursuing decarbonization strategies and playing a vital role in supporting greater regional sustainability through transportation electrification. SMUD recognizes that electric vehicles have emerged as key an element in the region’s collective effort to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition toward a cleaner, greener and more reliable energy future.

About SMUD

As the nation’s sixth-largest, community-owned, not-for-profit electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost reliable electricity to Sacramento County for more than 75 years. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Today, SMUD’s power supply is on average about 50 percent carbon free and SMUD has a goal to reach zero carbon in its electricity production by 2030.