For Immediate Release: October 14, 2019

SMUD will showcase electric vehicles at the Sacramento International Auto Show

All electric Tesla, BMW, Nissan, Chevy, Hyundai, Toyota, Volkswagen available to drive or ride

SMUD will host an electric vehicle (EV) ride and drive at this weekend’s Sacramento International Auto Show at Cal Expo. The event will feature a variety of electric vehicles from manufacturers such as Tesla, BMW, Nissan, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, Hyundai and Toyota—including several models that can currently be leased for under $200 per month. Get behind the wheel and test drive one or more of the available models on SMUD’s test track.
 Show attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of SMUD and SacEV electric vehicle experts and learn more about what it’s like to own and drive an electric vehicle in the Sacramento region. Attendees will be able to participate in ride and drives, and learn about SMUD’s $599 “Charge Free for Two Years” electric vehicle incentives. 

WHAT: Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive featuring Tesla (ride only), BMW i3, BMW 530e, Volkswagen e-Golf, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt, Hyundai Ioniq,   Toyota Prius Prime

WHEN: Friday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Saturday, October 19, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(Ride & drive closes at 6 p.m. each evening, EV showcase remains open until closing)

WHERE: Sacramento International Auto Show at Cal Expo (Inside main gate, Expo Center, Building 2)

SMUD has been a leader in electric vehicle research for nearly 30 years. During that time, SMUD has worked with major automakers and a wide variety of technology companies to help test and optimize EV equipment, and demonstrate real-world effectiveness.

 SMUD began offering special electric vehicle rates in 1993 and currently offers a special EV rate discount that allows EV owners to save money when they charge their vehicles between midnight and 6 a.m. This allows owners to maximize their savings while mitigating the impact to SMUD’s electric grid for all customers. Environmental leadership is one of the SMUD’s core values. SMUD made its original commitment to electric vehicles in 1989 and has continuously supported electric vehicles as they help improve the air quality in the Sacramento region and reduce dependency on oil. More information about SMUD’s electric vehicle programs is available at 


About SMUD
As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned, not-for-profit, electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 70 years to Sacramento County and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties. 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. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, visit