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Welcome EV Owners and the EV Curious!

We are a group for enthusiastic owners of electric vehicles and those who are interested in purchasing an EV in the Dayton, Ohio area.

Our members drive EVs equipped with various electric powertrains, including battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), which combine electric motors and internal combustion engines. Drive Electric Dayton is an affiliate of Drive Electric Ohio and also of the Electric Auto Association.

Our Events

Our members host and participate in events throughout the year, including ride-and-drive programs in which we invite the public to take a free test drive of an EV.

Our events are announced on our group's Facebook page, where you can RSVP to participate and learn all of the how-to go details.

Earth Day Ride and Drive in Oakwood Ohio.

Our Agenda

Drive Electric Dayton provides EV education and advocacy throughout the Dayton, Ohio area including training, information, local policy and connections.

Our members' agenda includes:

• Organize ride and drive events to share our knowledge and enthusiasm for EVs
• Participate in other community events to educate Dayton-area residents about EVs
• Encourage development of EV charging stations
• Engage auto dealers that sell EVs
• Support work on local building codes and parking policies
• Educate local elected officials and state legislators on EV-related policies

Christmas In Springboro Parade in Springboro, Ohio.

Contact Us

You can learn more about Drive Electric Dayton and contact our organizers through our group's Facebook page or by email at

Our Leadership

  • President (and founder) Tim Benford.
  • Event Organizers. Organize Ride & Drive and other events such as parades, cars and coffee. Jim Kelly, Chris Celek, Dan Rudolph, Chris Bruening, David Borth, Chris Hall.
  • Legislative & Community Liaison. (Assist the group within any Community efforts and/or provide Legislative direction with the local & State government.) Richard Shaw.
  • Media Liaison (maintain DED’s relationship with radio, TV, and print, post EV stories to social media, write or find author for articles). Tim Benford.
  • Event Liaison (keep an eye on local events via the web so that DED can piggyback on already existing events). Chris Bruening.
  • Utility Liaison (keep DED apprised of what our local utility companies are doing to prepare for EVs). Verb Washington.
  • Dealership Liaison (maintain a relationship with our local dealerships so that they volunteer to bring drivable new EVs to events). Jim Kelly.
  • Calendar Manager (maintains the EAA Calendar of DED’s events). Chris Celek.
  • Webmaster Chris Celek.
  • EV Charger Liaison (be a focal point for EV charger needs and new charger deployment and keep DED apprised). Ryan Cappo.
  • Social Event Liaison (organize DED quarterly Meetups at local restaurants). Jodi Gradolph.

Photos from Our Recent Events

Voss Chevrolet Car Show in Centerville, Ohio.

Drive Electric Dayton Jim Kelly Tesla Model X
Fourth of July Parade in Centerville, Ohio.