Clean Fuels Ohio Holds Plug-In Electric, Hybrid Drive in Grove City

Clean Fuels Ohio, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles, gave consumers a chance to test drive some of the hottest, newest electric vehicles (EVs) at Grove City EcoFest on Saturday, Aug. 19.

The drives were a part of a recently launched three-year partnership between the American Lung Association and eight Clean Cities coalitions throughout the Midwest to demonstrate the performance and environmental benefits of EVs.

The project is called Midwest EVOLVE, which stands for Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience. At Midwest EVOLVE events like EcoFest, consumers receive a chance to learn about the environmental benefits of EVs and the ease of charging vehicles at home, at work or at public charging stations.

“Drivers are usually surprised by the outstanding performance and clean-air benefits of electric cars,” said Sam Spofforth, executive director, Clean Fuels Ohio. “Plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles save fuel and improve air quality, plus they are cool and fun, and also fit most peoples’ everyday driving needs.”

Clean Fuels Ohio is thankful for the dealers who provided vehicles to make this event possible: Ricart Ford, MAG – Midwestern Auto Group, and Byers Chevrolet of Grove City. The ride & drive would of not been successful without their help.

EcoFest is an annual celebration of Grove City as a healthy, eco-friendly community. The event took place at the Grove City Town Center. There were demonstrations of environmentally friendly products at Grove City’s “green” park. Attendees learned how green businesses and alternative energy production make Grove City more attractive, healthier and safer, with interactive experiences for all ages. Visit the Grove City EcoFest website for more information. Participants were encouraged to walk or ride bikes to the event; a bike corral will be available for parking.

Attendees also were encouraged to visit the hydrogen fuel cell bus, sponsored by the Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Cell Collaborative.

Clean Fuels Ohio is a U.S. Department of Energy affiliated nonprofit dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Clean Fuels Ohio’s experienced staff have been a “go-to” resource for assistance with implementing alternative transportation and efficiency solutions. Throughout its 15-year history, the coalition has worked with numerous partners to produce significant results improving air quality, strengthening Ohio’s economy, and enhancing the nation’s energy security.

Clean Fuels Ohio recently launched Drive Electric Ohio, a new statewide initiative to promote the use of electric vehicles and improve access to charging infrastructure.

For more information, visit CleanFuelsOhio.org.