- Electrify Expo turned Miami-Dade Fairgrounds into a hub of excitement, letting crowds test and demo the latest from giants like Tesla, BMW, Ford, Porsche, Kia, GoCycle, Super73, Volvo, VW and many more!
- Throughout the duration of the event, nearly 20,000 demo rides were conducted, indicating a robust and growing interest in electric vehicles in south Florida.
- The all-new Kia EV9 SUV was introduced to Miami, highlighting its spacious third-row seating.
- Jerry Eisenband’s Jeep Wrangler won “Best of Show” at Electrify Showoff.
Electricity was crackling in the Miami air this past weekend, and no, I’m not talking about those legendary Florida thunderstorms. Electrify Expo, North America’s largest festival for all things EV, graced the sunny shores of Miami-Dade Fairgrounds on October 14-15. And boy, did it make some waves! With over 1 million square feet dedicated to the world’s leading EV brands, attendees weren’t just given a taste, but a full-course meal of the future of mobility.
Now, here’s the thing. We’ve all heard about these EV shows, right? But Electrify Expo is different. Because in its third year, it’s evident that south Florida isn’t just flirting with the idea of EVs. They’re ready to take the relationship to the next level. The figures say it all: nearly 20,000 demo rides took place over this electric weekend. That’s almost the population of a small town! And why’s that? Well, because there’s nothing quite like trying before buying.
It’s no surprise that the Electrify Expo in Miami was buzzing with chatter about Volvo‘s offerings. The XC40 Recharge, C40 Recharge, and the Plug-in Hybrid XC90 Recharge were prominently on display for attendees to experience firsthand — to see, feel, and even test drive. These models captured the attention of many, offering a glimpse into Volvo’s commitment to sustainable mobility.
And if that wasn’t enough, the all-new Kia EV9 three-row SUV flexed its spacious third-row seating. And just between you and me? Watch out for that one on the roads later this year.
- EV ED Center
- Community EV
- Vision Marine Technologies
- Momentum Solar
Returning champs like Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, and Porsche weren’t left behind. Whether it was the nostalgic touch of VW’s ID.Buzz or the adrenaline-pumping thrill offered by Ford’s Mustang Mach-E 1400 with pro-driver Collete Davis at the wheel, the excitement was unmistakable.
Ride & Drive, Oh My!
And, speaking of energy, the array of exhibitors was electric in its own right. From heavy-hitters like Tesla and Toyota to seasoned exhibitors like Ryvid and Vision Marine Technologies, the roster was star-studded. Not to mention the Electrify Showoff Exhibitors, where brands like Jawns on Fire and Tint Haus Customs added a touch of flair to the entire scene.
PTV Demo? Yes Please:
- Club Car
eSkate Demo Zone, Roll with it:
E Bike Demo Course, Ride in Style:
- Riese & Muller
- Zooz Bikes
- Revi Bikes
But here’s the real kicker. BJ Birtwell, the brains behind Electrify Expo, drops this truth bomb: “South Florida is a hot market for EV adoption.” Now that’s a statement. “The growing demand makes an event like Electrify Expo the perfect place for consumers of all ages to experience the thrill of going electric. Our attention now turns to Austin as we prepare for the final stop of our tour season. There are some big surprises planned for Austin, but what’s really creating all the buzz right now is this year’s chance for consumers to drive brand new EVs on the Formula 1 Race Track at our venue at Circuit of the Americas! This will definitely be a must-experience event.”
Diverse Displays and Dynamic Debuts: Miami Electrify Showoff’s Unparalleled Showcase
Miami’s Electrify Showoff was nothing short of spectacular. While it may not have surpassed Long Beach in sheer size, the sheer energy and diversity of the show was unparalleled. The grounds were so expansive that one couldn’t see from Toyo Tire’s setup all the way to the lounge.
Leading Brands and Their Remarkable Car Displays
Toyo Tires stood out with Bisi Ezerioha‘s four cars on display, including his latest acquisition: a new Tesla Model S Plaid. Hankook Tire introduced their innovative booth complete with a Tint World Porsche Taycan on display, and racing game simulators that engaged many. Under Steve’s leadership at Alpine Electronics, they partnered with Sturgis Griffin from RUINED EV to showcase a 2021 Tesla Model Y, which won the award for Best SUV. The audio system Alpine fitted into that vehicle left many attendees in awe.
Celebrating Automotive Excellence from Coast to Coast
From far and wide, participants made their mark. David Perez from RUINED EV, who traveled all the way from New York, won the Best Audio. Seatbelt Planet, not to be outdone, arrived from Oklahoma. Yokohama Tires made a notable appearance, displaying Blake Fuller’s Tesla Model 3 Performance that bagged the Best Performance award presented by Borla.
Borla introduced their new system for the Ford F-150 Lightning, while steadfast supporter STEK made their presence felt, having been a regular at all the shows this year. Vossen Wheels, showcased seven cars, taking home multiple awards including three distinct honors. RUINED EV won accolades for Best Crew, Best Sedan, and Best Audio. Stuart Broderick’s outstanding Porsche Taycan was recognized as the Best Stance.
From Golf Carts to Award-Winning Jeeps
Noteworthy were the two golf carts, one remote-controlled by Michael Snow. The Tint World Tour, a collaboration with Hankook Tire, made a memorable journey from Orlando to Miami, promising even more such tours in the coming year. South Florida Jeeps garnered attention with their wide-body Rivian and Jeep – the latter sweeping awards including Best of Show presented by Yokohama, Best Paint, and Best EV Conversion. The sheer variety was evident with a mix of OEM cars, wide-body vehicles, golf carts, and more. Jack Rabbit‘s array of custom electric bikes (micro bikes) added another dimension to the already diverse show.
In summary, the Electrify Showoff at Electrify Expo in Miami was an electrifying blend of innovation, creativity, and passion. As the curtains drew on this event, the anticipation is already building for the next stop: Austin.
Spotlight on Miami’s Electrify Showoff 2023 Award Winners
One of the most awaited moments at Electrify Expo in Miami was the Electrify Showoff awards ceremony, where the crème de la crème of electric vehicles were honored. Hats off to the champions of the Miami 2023 leg!
|Best Sedan||William Madayag||2021 Tesla Model 3|
|Best Coupe||Bisimoto||Porsche 356|
|Best Use of Frunk||David Perez||2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance|
|Best Audio by Alpine||David Perez||2021 Tesla Model 3 Performance|
|Best Interior by Seatbelt Planet||William Madayag||2021 Tesla Model 3|
|Best Performance presented by Borla||Blake Fuller||Tesla Model 3|
|Best Paint||Jerry Eisenband||Jeep Wrangler|
|Best Wrap/Graphics presented by STEK||Jason Halvorsen||2021 Mustang Mach-E GT|
|Best Stance||Stuart Broderick||2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S|
|Best Wheel/Tire Package presented by Toyo Tires||Jeremy from Vossen||Mercedes EQS|
|Best E-Bike presented by Jack Rabbit||Joseph Kinyua|
|Best Motorcycle||Danial Ghattas||Custom Motorcycle|
|Best Scooter/Skateboard||David Perez|
|Best SUV||Sturgis Griffin||2021 Tesla Model Y|
|Best Truck||Jerry Eisenband||Rivian R1T|
|Best Booth Car presented by Vossen||Michael “Mojo” Mogilewski||2022 Tesla Model S Plaid|
|Best EV Conversion||Jerry Eisenband||Jeep Wrangler|
|Best Kicks presented by Grails||Jason Halvorsen||Off White The 50 Dunks|
|Best Crew||RUINED EV|
|Best of Show presented by Yokohama||Jerry Eisenband||Jeep Wrangler|
With such diverse winners, it’s clear that the future of EVs in Miami is as bright as its sunshine. Congratulations to all the winners and participants for lighting up the event!
EV’s, Nostalgia, and A Glimpse into the Future of Showoff Events
Neil Tjin, the Director of Electrify Showoff, shared his experience: “The East Coast never disappoints, and going back to my old stomping grounds (the 305) made me feel like a teenager again! Going back home, and seeing all the EV builds at Showoff, brought me back to my roots. We had some of the cleanest, lowest, and brightest OEM EV’s at Showoff Miami, but at the end of the day, an EV conversion took home Best of Show. This was one of the largest Showoff events of 2023, and a great example of what Showoff is all about. With partners like Yokohama, Stek, Seat Belt Planet, Toyo Tires, Vossen Wheels, Borla, Alloy Gator, Tint World, Alpine, and Hankook to name a few, you can see where we are taking Showoff! Beyond thankful for the opportunity to hang out with family and friends, and to have them experience Electrify Showoff. Now it is time to get ready for Austin, and blow everyone away at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin!”
Electrify Showoff Exhibitors, Where Style Meets Substance:
- Toyo Tire
- Jawns on Fire
- Sign Savers
- Electric Mods
- Tint World
- Yokohama Tire
So, where to next? Austin is the next and final stop of the 2023 Electrify Expo schedule. And let me tell you, the stakes are high. Think consumers test driving brand-new EVs on the legendary Formula 1 Race Track. Talk about putting the pedal to the metal! Mark your calendars for November 10-12. And hey, if you’re part of the EV industry, there’s even an Industry Day on November 10. Networking, brand announcements, and maybe, just maybe, a sneak peek at the next big thing in the world of EVs.
Tickets? They’re already up for grabs. Go on, make the electrifying choice and grab yours here.
2023 Electrify Expo Schedule
|May 19-21||Long Beach, CA|
|June 24-25||San Francisco, CA|
|July 22-23||Washington, DC|
|Aug. 12-13||Long Island, NY|
|Sept. 9-10||Seattle, WA|
|Oct. 14-15||Miami, FL|
|Nov. 10-12||Austin, TX|
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