South Shore Clean Cities to Host National Drive Electric Week Ride & Drives

CROWN POINT, Ind., Aug. 22, 2017 – South Shore Clean Cities is partnering with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the Michiana Area Council of Governments for two National Drive Electric Week Ride & Drives to highlight the clean air benefits and cost savings of electric vehicles, representatives announced Tuesday.

“We’re always excited when we have the opportunity to showcase all of the benefits of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure and the seventh-annual National Drive Electric Week is a great opportunity to do so,” South Shore Clean Cities Executive Director Carl Lisek said. “We thank our partners at NIRPC and MACOG for supporting these initiatives.”

The National Drive Electric Week Ride & Drives will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Sept. 13 at the Studebaker National Museum and History Museum, 201 S. Chapin St. in South Bend and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Sept. 15 at NIRPC, 6100 Southport Road in Portage.

Attendees at both events will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel or in the passenger seat a Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, BMW electric vehicle and more. Auto dealers and electric vehicle owners will be on hand to discuss the benefits of driving electric and information on the impact of electric vehicles on Northern Indiana’s air quality will also be available.

The event is one of more than 200 taking place nationwide during National Drive Electric Week, which is presented by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association.

The event is also being presented in collaboration with the Midwest EVOLVE (Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience) project, a three-year effort aimed at demonstrating the performance and environmental benefits of plug-in electric vehicles through showcases, ride and drives and other events. South Shore Clean Cities is a partner on the seven-state project with seven other Clean Cities coalitions and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. Learn more about Midwest EVOLVE and other South Shore Clean Cities-related events atwww.midwestevolve.org.

For more information about the Ride & Drive events, visit www.southshorecleancities.org or call Catherine Yoder at (219) 644-3690.

About South Shore Clean Cities: South Shore Clean Cities is a 501(c)(3) organization managed by Legacy Environmental Services, Inc., a woman-owned, certified Women’s Business Enterprise. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities coalitions are nonprofit organizations designed to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector by advancing the use of clean fuels and vehicles, idle reduction technologies, hybrid electric vehicles, fuel blends and fuel economy while reducing dependence on imported oil.

 

News Media Contact:

Catherine Yoder
South Shore Clean Cities
(219) 644-3690 or cyoder@southshorecleancities.org