Little Rock’s Drive Electric Week (DEW) event was held at the Clinton Presidential Center and hosted by Today’s Power, Inc. of Little Rock, The Clean Cities Coalition, and the Little Rock office of Sustainability.
As part of the event, local residents display their own EVs (electric vehicles) and speak about their experiences. “It’s putting electric vehicles right out where people can see them,” Jennah Denney, DEW City Captain and Marketing & PR Coordinator for Today’s Power, Inc. says. “All different brands, for different lifestyles.”
Also speaking at the event was Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. “It’s wonderful that Little Rock is a participating city in National Drive Electric Week. As families make decisions that will impact their bottom lines and contribute to a more sustainable society, we’re seeing more choose electric vehicles,” Mayor Scott said. “Retailers are also noticing the number of charging stations continue to increase around our city. As Little Rock strives to be an innovative and progressive city, we will continue to advocate for and support technology like electric vehicles.”
Vehicles Dealers such as McLarty Auto Group and Russell Chevrolet participated in the event by bringing their plug-in inventory for “drive-and-learn” opportunities for attendees. The models available to test drive at the event included the Chevy Bolt, Volvo XC60, Nissan Leaf, BMW I8 Roadster, and more.
With EV advocates like Denney organizing local events, national support for National Drive Electric Week events is offered from Plug In America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association. “In addition to being better for the environment, electric vehicles are more fun to drive, more convenient to fuel, and less expensive to operate than gasoline vehicles,” Denney states.
National Drive Electric Week, September 14-22, 2019, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
Some EV tidbits from Noah Barnes of Plug-In America, a nonprofit advocacy and education organization for electric vehicle drivers:
More than 1 million EVs have been sold in the United States
About 50 models of EVs are available, including all-electric and plug-in hybrids
All-electric vehicles average about 58 to 310 miles on a single charge