Plug-in Vehicles to be Featured at Multiple Events in Chicago Area for National Drive Electric Week

CHICAGO, Sept. 6, 2017 – A number of local events are being held in the Chicago area to celebrate National Drive Electric Week (Sept. 9-17) to help consumers learn about the clean-air benefits, cost savings, and fun of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles.

National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.

“We’re seeing a lot of interest in plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles at our Clean Cities events,” said Samantha Bingham, coordinator, Chicago Area Clean Cities, a nonprofit coalition focused on clean transportation solutions for the six-county Chicago area. “We’ve hosted a half-dozen events since this spring at which plug-in vehicles are featured.

“What we find is that people have a lot of preconceptions about electric cars,” Bingham said. “Many people just don’t know much about these cars. That lack of knowledge and driving experience serves as a barrier. The events we’ve hosted have helped to educate people about finding a vehicle that fits their driving needs. We also help consumers to learn about charging solutions for home, work, and at public charging stations.”

National Drive Electric Week events are being hosted in Chicago, Elmhurst, Evanston, Grayslake, Naperville, and Carpentersville, Ill. At the Chicago event, plug-in vehicles will be showcased on Daley Plaza on Sept. 13, with various fun activities planned, including trivia and games. The event is being hosted by the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition.

The coalition is a part of a recently launched seven-state, three-year partnership in the Midwest led by the American Lung Association to get people behind the wheel of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles. The program, called Midwest EVOLVE, emphasizes the performance and clean-air advantages of plug-in electric cars. The vehicles are being showcased and provided to consumers for test drives in seven Midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

Nearly three dozen National Drive Electric Week events are being held in states that are a part of Midwest EVOLVE – which stands for Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience. At Midwest EVOLVE events, consumers, government officials, fleet administrators and dealership personnel have an opportunity to learn about the environmental benefits of electric and hybrid vehicles, and the ease of charging vehicles at home, at work or at public charging stations.

As a part of the three-year project, the Lung Association and the eight Clean Cities coalitions are hosting more than 200 large and small Midwest EVOLVE events, including ride and drives, workplace-charging seminars, and other events, at brand-neutral settings throughout the Midwest. The first events were held in the spring of 2017.

Midwest EVOLVE launched in early 2017 at the Chicago Auto Show with three automotive partners, Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Nissan, as well as more than 60 other partners, including Argonne National Laboratory, utilities, state agencies, municipalities, dealerships and dealer associations. By the end of 2019, more than 200 large and small Midwest EVOLVE events, including ride and drives, workplace-charging seminars, and other events, will be held at brand-neutral settings throughout the Midwest.

The Midwest EVOLVE project is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE-EE0007743. To learn more or locate Midwest EVOLVE events, visit MidwestEVOLVE.org or follow EVOLVE via TwitterFacebook or LinkedIn.

For a complete list of National Drive Electric Week events, visit: driveelectricweek.org.