Electrify America Sponsoring Ride and Drive Events Across the U.S. for National Drive Electric Week

The sponsorship provides drivers in 10 cities opportunities to experience and learn about electric vehicles

Reston, VA (September 10, 2019) – In celebration of National Drive Electric Week (Sept. 14-22, 2019), Electrify America today announced its sponsorship of 10 Ride and Drive community events in cooperation with Plug In America, a nonprofit group advocating for the shift to plug-in electric vehicles. Electrify America, a leader in fast charging for electric vehicles (EVs), has provided funding to assist National Drive Electric Week event organizers with various event needs, including signage and material development, event promotion and onsite support.                                                                                                             

While at a Ride and Drive event, drivers will have a chance to test drive or ride in EVs, speak with EV auto dealers and current EV owners who have made the switch from traditional gas vehicles and learn about the many advantages of driving electric. National Drive Electric Week, presented by Plug In America, Sierra Club and Electric Auto Association, is nationally recognized and has more than 300 events in all 50 states. The events Electrify America is sponsoring will take place in five California cities and five other cities throughout the U.S., including: 

“We look forward to collaborating with National Drive Electric Week on this important initiative as we work toward our common goal of driving electric vehicle adoption,” said Richard Steinberg, director of marketing, communications and Green City initiatives at Electrify America. “By giving local communities the chance to test drive and ride in electric vehicles for themselves and learn firsthand about their benefits, while having fun along the way, we hope to inspire more people to make the switch to what is undoubtedly the future of transportation.”

“Since 2011, our annual National Drive Electric Week celebration has become the largest nationwide celebration for promoting the benefits of electric vehicles,” said Joel Levin, Executive Director at Plug In America. “We’re thrilled that Electrify America is joining us to help bring the experience of driving electric cars to more drivers across the U.S.”

Electrify America is installing a network of ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers across highway and metro charging stations planned in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

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About Electrify America

Electrify America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America headquartered in Reston, VA, and with an office in Pasadena, CA, is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. The investment will enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the build-out of a nationwide network of workplace, community and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable. As of July 1, 2019, Electrify America has begun implementing both the Cycle 2 National and California ZEV Investment Plans and expects to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging station sites with about 3,500 chargers by December 2021. Over this 30-month investment cycle, Electrify America will expand to 29 metros and 45 states, including two cross-country routes, delivering on its commitment to support increased ZEV adoption with a network that is comprehensive, technologically advanced and customer-friendly. For more information, visit www.electrifyamerica.com. For media, visit www.media.electrifyamerica.com.

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 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

Media Contacts:

Alyssa Schor, Zeno Group
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(312) 396-9713

Noah Barnes, Plug In America
[email protected]
(323) 333-8010 

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