Are you Ready for Drive Electric Week?

Dear Reader, 

It’s National Drive Electric Week, and that means there’s plenty of opportunities to get out and see EVs first hand. Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are all working together to bring EV parades, shows, ride and drive events and more to communities across the country.

There are opportunities to see and ride in some electric vehicles this week right here in Michigan—Wednesday, September 14th there are ride and drive events in Plymouth at Freudenberk NOK, 2-5pm, and in Kalamazoo at the WMU physical plant maintenance building parking lot, 5-8pm. Saturday, September 17th, 9-2pm, there is an event at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, and finally on Sunday, September 18th, there is an Ann Arbor event 10am-3pm at Whole Foods on West Eisenhower Parkway that will include both electric bikes and cars, and informational displays.

These are great opportunities to meet current EV owners and see what it’s actually like to drive a plug-in, and maybe even talk yourself into buying one of the new models like the upcoming Chevy Bolt.

Chevy Bolt

This is National Drive Electric Week’s 6th year, and with the market revving up it’s a great time to get involved.

As we also report this week, Chevy’s Bolt EV is making its way across the pond to a European market, GM has sold the 100,000th Volt, becoming the first automaker to pass that sales mark, and a new study shows that most people’s fears about EV range are overblown.

Making sure consumers are informed about the benefits of EVs, and dispelled of the myths that surround them, is one of the best things we can do to promote the growth of the market and manufacturing in Michigan.

Make sure to get out and Drive Electric this week.

Until next time, 
Charles GriffithCharles Griffith
Climate and Energy Program Director 
Ecology Center