Electric car enthusiasts will be holding events all over the country this week to celebrate National Drive Electric Week, and there’s even an event here in Rochester, New York. The annual nation-wide event was started as National Plug In Day in 2011, and this year the festivities will go down between September 12 to 20. So far, 186 events in 174 cities have been planned.
Although this year’s Drive Electric Week is officially sponsored by Nissan LEAF and presented by groups like Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association, many events are being organized by regular citizens who are simply interested in all-electric vehicles. For instance, one Oklahoma City event organizer drives an 18-wheeler oil rig, but moonlights as an electric car proponent. He even called on Elon Musk to ship out EVs for his party to help show citizens of Oil Country, USA that electric cars aren’t “about being anti-oil.”
We’re guessing some all-electric vehicle drivers might disagree with that sentiment. While hybrid cars produce 25 to 35% less carbon emissions than regular gas guzzling vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles don’t use gasoline or produce carbon emissions at all.
You can check out the Rochester event on Thursday, September 17 at the I-Square site, 400 Bakers Park, Rochester, NY (near the House of Guitars in Irondequoit). The event will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. and will include refreshments — for humans and electric cars alike. Two electric vehicle charging stations connected to the Charge Point Network will be available for free use.
According to the event website: “Rides will be available for those interested in learning more about electric vehicles. Demonstrations will include the use of home and public charging stations plus the use of Solar Photovoltaics to charge your car at your home or business.”
So far 22 electric cars (including 12 different models) and their drivers have registered to attend. The group says they have collectively logged 330,965 electric miles driven. Head to the event website to register to attend or volunteer.