Electric Vehicles Charge Up Local and National Events
September 9, 2014
Have you had the pleasure of driving an electric vehicle? Thanks in part to the National
Energy Laboratory’s sponsorship and the work of the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition
and other coordinating organizations, you'll have that opportunity during National Drive Electric Week, September
15-21, 2014. The event is held nationally to heighten awareness of today's
widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the cost-savings and
clean-air benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks,
motorcycles, and more.
NREL is sponsoring National Drive Electric Week events in Denver and
Boulder. The first
local event will be held in Boulder on September 17, from 4-7 p.m. at 13th St. and Canyon Blvd.,
across from the Boulder Farmers' Market. The second event
will take place in Denver on September 20, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Aspen Grove
Mall on S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton.
The Clean Cities
program is working to provide the public with first-hand experience of how
plug-in electric vehicles perform and charge so that consumers and fleets can
make informed decisions about their next vehicle purchases. This year's
National Drive Electric Week activities are expected to draw at least 35,000
attendees nationwide, just as U.S. plug-in vehicle sales are expected to reach
their first quarter-million mark.
Electric vehicles are changing the transportation landscape, in ways that have been strongly influenced by the research provided by NREL and other organizations. NREL's vehicles research helps the automotive industry advance energy-efficient and high-performance electric vehicles by providing credible results and solutions to key technology and market challenges. NREL is playing a pivotal role in the U.S. Department of Energy’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, which seeks to make plug-in electric vehicles cost competitive with gasoline-powered vehicles without any sacrifice in performance.