National Drive Electric Week

DriveElectricNational Drive Electric Week, September 15 – 21, 2014

Plug in America just issued a press release giving details on the fourth annual observance of the National Drive Electric Week.

“A record number of volunteers nationwide and beyond will ensure that others may discover the benefits of electric cars with National Drive Electric Week. The fourth annual observance, bringing test-drives and related activities to more than 130 cities in 35 states and abroad–another record–comes just as EV sales reach their first quarter-million mark in the U.S.

“Clean energy prosperity is on the way and there’s no turning back,” said Sierra Club director Michael Brune. “National Drive Electric Week and the dramatic increase in the number of plug-in electric vehicles on the road are just the latest examples of how American consumers are demanding 21st-century solutions to energy and the climate crisis, and given the choice would leave dirty fossil fuels in the ground.”

Designed to highlight the fun, convenience, cost-savings, and clean-air benefits of EVs, National Drive Electric Week is organized nationally by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Assn. These organizations team up with other local groups and volunteers staging local events from Hawaii to Vermont, where EV sales continue to be robust.

“Plug-in vehicles have had a good year,” said John O’Dell, senior editor, fuel efficiency and Green Vehicles at Edmunds.com. “Despite a slowdown in the conventional hybrid segment, battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are up about 39 percent over last year. They remain a tiny part of the market–less than a one-percent share–but more and more people seem to be considering them as they shop for fuel efficient transportation.”

Sharing the message abroad, at least one city in the Netherlands, five in Italy and 10 in Canada will take part in National Drive Electric Week (formerly National Plug In Day). Events are collectively expected to draw at least 35,000 attendees, including elected officials. Proclamations will be plentiful.  But the main point is to have a good time, with seasoned EV drivers taking those new to the cars for a spin.

“Some like the high-tech efficiency of EVs. Some thrill at the instant torque. Others feel that the real fun comes in knowing that you’re keeping your carbon footprint small, especially if you charge the with renewable solar energy, like so many of us do,” said Plug In America spokeswoman Zan Dubin-Scott. “I mean, cowabunga, man.”

For details about individual events, visit the Events page“.

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