Time again to ‘gear up’ for National Drive Electric Week Sept. 12-20

It’s that time of the year again. Time to test drive an electric car or plug-in hybrid vehicle.

“National Drive Electric Week, celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, is based on the idea that nothing beats learning the ropes from existing owners and ride-n-drives in clean, quiet and powerful plug-in vehicles for converting gasoline-car drivers to EV owners,” Plug In America in a Sept. 2, 2015 press release expressed. “The event showcases the cost-savings, clean-air benefits and fun of plug-ins. Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association team up with local groups to organize events, which typically feature all electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars from every automaker on the market.”

Electric car from Edison
Electric car from Edison

But, why take an entire week plus two days to spotlight electric vehicles for test-driving purposes? “Numerous past attendees from around the country have purchased or leased plug-ins as a direct result of Drive Electric Week events, where they learned about the technology from long-time plug-in drivers in a relaxed atmosphere,” explained Plug In America in the release. In other words, no sales persons putting pressure on would-be buyers or those “just looking.”

“Nissan and its all-electric LEAF have served as the event’s exclusive automotive sponsor since 2013,” Plug In America added. “ClipperCreek and SunPower are also national sponsors and PlugShare is a media sponsor.”

This year’s National Drive Electric Week event runs Sat., Sept. 12 through Sun., Sept. 20, 2015 in a planned 165 cities in the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong to “feature plug-in vehicle ride-n-drives and related activities,” further detailed Plug In America in the release.

There is much more information here. And, check out the events page to locate an event either in or nearest your area. If you don’t want to miss this one, be sure to mark your calendars.

“It’s electric!” not the only but one sure way to describe just such an activity. A great way to help clean the air, too!

Published by Alan Kandel