Contact: Anne Blair, [email protected], 404-849-7929
Atlanta, Ga. Public officials, business leaders, the electric vehicle industry and environmental groups will join together to highlight the benefits of electric vehicles (EV) in celebration of National Drive Electric Week on September 9, 2017. Atlanta’s premier EV event will highlight the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of electric cars. The event is part of the seventh annual National Drive Electric Week, a weeklong celebration of the benefits of electric vehicles.
This year, the 2018 second-generation Nissan LEAF will be on display – the only National Drive Electric Week event in the Southeast to display this new car. New technology means that the Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, now boasts a 40 percent increase in driving range to an estimated 162 miles on a full charge. Be the first to see this revolutionary new electric vehicle on display.
Cars, trucks and buses are now the number one source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States. Electric vehicles are a cleaner option that will significantly reduce these emissions over time. Metro Atlanta has been a national leader in growing the number of EVs on the road, but the benefits extend far beyond urban areas. Charging infrastructure has been installed throughout the major transportation corridors in the state making travel in an EV more accessible. EVs not only reduce emissions, but they also save drivers money and enhance local economic development.
WHAT: Display of more than 40 electric vehicles (EV) on Avalon Boulevard, with the all –new 2018 Nissan LEAF with an estimated range of 162 miles. Representatives from Georgia Power, Hannah Solar, Metro Plug-In, EV Club of the South, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Clean Cities-Georgia, Sierra Club-Georgia Chapter will also be on hand to answer questions about EVs and charging around the state.
WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2017 11AM – 4PM
WHERE: Avalon Plaza and Boulevard, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta, GA 30009
VISUALS: The 2018 Nissan LEAF and more than 40 other EVs and their owners (including BMW, Nissan, Tesla, Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet; and more on display). EV owners will be available for interviews. Please contact Anne Blair to schedule EV owner interviews (404-849-7929).
For a complete list of National Drive Electric Week events, visit: https://driveelectricweek.org/ and follow #NDEW2017 and #intelligentmobility on social media.
About Plug In America: Plug In America, a San Francisco-based national nonprofit organization, works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. The organization conceived National Drive Electric Week and has advanced workplace charging by pioneering regular ride-and-drive events at such leading corporations as Google, Mattel and Paramount Pictures. It developed the world’s largest, most dedicated network of plug-in vehicle owners and drivers, many of whom have driven EVs for well over a decade. We drive electric. You can, too. www.pluginamerica.org.
About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. www.electricauto.org.
About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with more than 2.4 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states. The Sierra Club’s national electric vehicles initiative advocates for a switch to EVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut oil consumption. Sierra Club is proud to have been one of the three national groups organizing National Drive Electric Week since its inception in 2011. www.sierraclub.org/EVGuide.
About Southern Alliance for Clean Energy: Founded in 1985, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible energy choices that work to address the impacts of global climate change and ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. Learn more at www.cleanenergy.org
About EV Club of the South: The EV Club Of The South is for EV drivers, their families and others interested in electric vehicles and is a chapter of the EAA Electric Auto Association. Our purpose is to be the voice of our members, promote the successful growth of the electric vehicle in the United States and the world, act as a network for information both to and from the manufacturers and retailers of electric vehicles, and to encourage the development of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Learn more at www.evclubofthesouth.org
About Clean Cities-Georgia. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Cities program advances the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to cut petroleum use in transportation. Part of DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office, Clean Cities has saved more than 7.5 billion gallons of petroleum since its inception in 1993. Nearly 100 local coalitions serve as the foundation of the Clean Cities program by working to cut petroleum use in communities across the country. Clean Cities coalitions are comprised of businesses, fuel providers, vehicle fleets, state and local government agencies, and community organizations. Each coalition is led by an on-the-ground Clean Cities coordinator, who tailors projects and activities to capitalize on the unique opportunities in their communities. Nationwide, nearly 15,000 stakeholders participate in Clean Cities coalitions, and through their collective efforts they are transforming local and regional transportation markets and contributing to Clean Cities’ goals and accomplishments. Learn more at www.cleancitiesgeorgia.org