June 27, 2018
Washington, DC – Tomorrow, Plug In America and the Senate Auto Caucus will host the second annual electric vehicle (EV) ride and drive on Capitol Hill. The educational event gives Senators and their staff the opportunity to test drive some of the latest EVs, while learning about recent market developments and supportive EV policies. The ride and drive, sponsored by National Grid, one of the nation’s largest utilities, with support from automakers BMW, GM, Kia and Tesla, will showcase nine different models of EVs on the market today.
What: Senate Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive
When: June 28, 2018 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Where: 1st and C Street, NE; between Russell and Dirksen Senate Office buildings
“The EV market grew 27% last year and is expected to grow even faster this year,” said Joel Levin, Executive Director for Plug In America. “The latest report from Bloomberg suggests that by 2040, EVs will make up 55% of all new car sales. Electric drive is just a fundamentally better way to get around. A strong EV sector helps the U.S. compete with China and Germany in this critical cutting-edge technology. And consumers prefer these cars. The demand is there.”
“Electric Vehicle adoption has the power to transform the transportation sector and play a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the communities we serve,” said Dean Seavers, President of National Grid, US. “National Grid is proud to sponsor similar ride and drive events across the Northeast that raise awareness of the many benefits of EVs and available incentives for policymakers and customers alike. Tomorrow’s event will give our partners on Capitol Hill the chance to gain important, first-hand knowledge and experience with EVs that can inform federal policy going forward.”
“The future of transportation is widely seen to be electric, both on the light-duty side, the heavy-duty side and with school buses and transit buses,” said Katherine Stainken, Policy Director for Plug In America. “Policymakers need to understand what this means for all Americans – increased national security through reduced reliance on fossil fuels, fuel savings for consumers and fleet operators and cleaner air for all Americans. EVs are not a partisan issue – they’re cars. They take people from A to B, and they’re fun to drive.”