04.05.2019
First Annual Drive Electric Earth Day Celebrates Electric Vehicles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, April 5, 2019

Contact:
Noah Barnes, Plug In America, nbarnes@pluginamerica.org
Larisa Manescu, Sierra Club, larisa.manescu@sierraclub.org

 

First Annual Drive Electric Earth Day Celebrates Electric Vehicles

Over 150 Events to Highlight Significant Environmental and Consumer Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Nationwide — This April, the first annual Drive Electric Earth Day is being held, with over 150 events across the United States, as well as Canada, New Zealand, and the Dominican Republic, celebrating the significant and wide-ranging benefits of electric vehicles (EVs). EVs reduce emissions from transportation — currently the leading sector contributing to carbon pollution — in addition to improving public health and providing fuel and maintenance savings for consumers.

Building upon the success of National Drive Electric Week, an annual event held every September for the past eight years, Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association are partnering again to give communities across the U.S. more first-hand opportunities to hear and learn about zero emission vehicles through local Earth Day events. Community organizations, businesses, utilities and government entities will incorporate EV test drives, showcases and speakers. FLO is the exclusive national charging sponsor of Drive Electric Earth Day. Audi of America and the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project are national silver level sponsors.

Over 1.1 million EVs have been sold in the U.S. and there are now approximately 50 models of EVs available, many with longer ranges at lower prices than in previous years.

“Each year, more Americans are discovering that plug-in vehicles are convenient, affordable, and better for the environment,” said Joel Levin, executive director of Plug In America. “We are excited for communities to come together to celebrate Earth Day and the many benefits of electric vehicles.”

“We’re looking forward to communities across the country having another opportunity to help accelerate EV adoption. In this rapidly emerging industry, the public needs opportunities to learn about and enjoy EVs and their cost-savings and climate benefits. Drive Electric Earth Day is a hands-on opportunity for people from all walks of life to experience and learn more about EVs in a fun and educational setting,” said Hieu Le, a campaign representative with Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All campaign.

“Electric vehicles at Earth Day events are where green meets fun, where clean air saves money, and where quiet brings performance,” said Guy Hall, Director with the Electric Auto Association. “The excitement of EVs is here now and 2019 is the year of the long-range EVs.”

“We are pleased to partner with Plug In America, and many other organizations and individuals working to inspire communities across the country to connect with and celebrate nature,” said Fabien Fayard, vice-president, marketing at FLO. “What better way than to help spread the word to highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles as a greener way to get around. Together, we can all play a part in accelerating the shift to clean-powered electric vehicles and contribute to make Earth Day every day!”

“At Audi, we want consumers to go electric with confidence. That confidence starts with initiatives like Drive Electric Earth Day that work to bring awareness surrounding the benefits of electric vehicles – like the Audi e-tron, our fully electric five-passenger SUV – to communities across the U.S.,” said Filip Brabec, vice president, product management, Audi of America. “With one in three of our U.S. customers choosing to drive an electric vehicle by 2025, we know it’s critical to support customer-centric programs like this now,” added Brabec.

“Consumer interest in cleaner vehicles continues to grow and boost EV sales, not only in California, but nationwide. With the variety of EV models now available, it is a great time for any car shopper to explore an EV option—particularly when you consider the significant savings offered by programs such as the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project,” said Jonathan Changus, senior manager for clean transportation, at the Center for Sustainable Energy.

To learn more about Drive Electric Earth Day or attend/volunteer at an event in your community, visit DriveElectricEarthDay.org.

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About Plug In America: Plug In America is the nation’s leading independent consumer voice for accelerating the use of plug-in electric vehicles in the United States. Formed as a non-profit in 2008, Plug In America provides practical, objective information collected from our coalition of plug-in vehicle drivers, through public outreach and education, policy work and a range of technical advisory services. Our expertise represents the world’s deepest pool of experience of driving and living with plug-in vehicles. We drive electric. You can too. pluginamerica.org

About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org.

About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association (EAA) is the oldest and largest, volunteer-driven nonprofit association that promotes electric vehicle adoption across the country and the globe. Its thousands of EV owners educate and advocate for electric vehicles with public outreach throughout the year at farmer’s markets, malls, schools, libraries, businesses, and civic groups. Members in more than 80 chapters meet regularly to share the latest global and local news in the EV community. EAA provides information for local governments to increase EV adoption as well as infrastructure. www.electricauto.org

About FLO: FLO operates a complete EV charging network for drivers to plug in wherever they are – at home, at work and on the go. We provide a simple and seamless experience and are one of the largest EV charging networks in North America. www.flo.com

About Audi of America: Audi recently debuted the Audi e-tron, the brand’s first all-electric vehicle. A spacious five-seater, electric mid-sized SUV that’s well-equipped for premium buyers to go electric today, the e-tron will be the first of three battery-electric vehicles that Audi plans to debut by 2020. U.S. customers can configure and reserve their e-tron now at: www.audiusa.com/reserve.

About the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project: The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) promotes electric vehicle adoption in California by offering rebates of up to $7,000 for the purchase or lease of new, eligible battery electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The Center for Sustainable Energy administers CVRP for the California Air Resources Board. CleanVehicleRebate.org