“Ride and Drive” event at Madonna Inn on Saturday October 2nd
-Members of the local community can enjoy several National Electricity Week events in San Luis Obispo starting next Saturday, including virtual events, a special Farmers Market showcase, and a ‘Ride and Drive’ event. At the Madonna Inn.
From September 25 to October 3, 2021, National Drive Electric Week raises awareness of the many benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, bikes and more.
Local events during National Drive Electric Week are presented by SLO Climate Coalition, Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, SLO County Air Pollution Control District, and Community Environmental Council. These events include:
● an online panel of experts on Saturday September 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
● an Electric Vehicles (EV) 101 webinar on Tuesday September 28 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
● an “Electrify Your Life” window on Morro Street at the Downtown SLO Farmers Market on Thursday September 30 from 6 pm to 9 pm
● a “Ride and Drive” VE at Madonna Inn on Saturday October 2 from 9 am to 2 pm
“I rented my first electric vehicle in 2013, bought it at the end of the lease and have been driving electric vehicles since then,” said Barry Rands, green transportation specialist at the SLO Climate Coalition and coordinator of the Drive Electric Week at SLO. “I got into electric driving out of a desire to reduce carbon emissions, but I quickly discovered that there were so many other great reasons to drive an EV. They are fun, inexpensive to use, nearly maintenance free, and always ready to go when I am. I am excited to see that the electric vehicle trend is spreading and I can’t wait to help others start driving electric.
Local event planners are excited to see the popularity of electric vehicles increase each year, as they represent the future of clean, pollution-free driving. Organizers say public interest increases with geography and income levels. In-person and online events will take place during this week across the country.
Local in-person events will be held outdoors with COVID security measures implemented.
“Central Coast Community Energy is proud to continue to encourage not only electric vehicles, but also electric vehicle charging stations, both for homes and workplaces, as well as for public access,” said Shelly Whitworth, spokesperson for Central Coast Community Energy. “At the end of the day, we’re offering bigger discounts and more solutions to the barriers that are slowing the adoption of electric vehicles. We are also addressing equity in electrification by targeting disadvantaged communities for charger opportunities and doubling our incentives for qualified income customers. Locally, we are improving air quality on the Central Coast and we are also contributing to California’s goal of 5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030. We want our customers to know that electric vehicles are more accessible than ever – for everyone.
City council member Jan Marx shared her support for the event. “The City of San Luis Obispo is proud to partner with the SLO Climate Coalition and its partners to promote local National Electricity Week events in the city,” said Jan Marx, Board Member. “City Council will issue an official proclamation at our September 21 meeting declaring September 25 to October 3 Electric Driving Week at SLO. Events like these will help us achieve one of the goals of our Climate Action Plan: 40% of vehicle kilometers in the city will be covered by electric vehicles. I bought an electric vehicle myself last year and love it! Hope the citizens of SLO take the opportunity to test drive an electric car or electric bike during the October 2 event at the Madonna Inn. I’m sure they’ll want an EV too!
San Luis Obispo City Sustainability Director Chris Read appreciates how electric driving complements other ways the city meets community climate action goals. “The city’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2035 is one of the most ambitious in the country,” Read said. “To achieve this goal, we are creating roads and communities that allow people to walk, cycle and take the bus in the city. As we move our fleet of buses to all-electric vehicles, we know that many people will still choose to drive their own vehicles, and all-electric vehicles are a great way forward. Combined with our increasingly cleaner electricity grid, electric vehicles are much cleaner than gasoline vehicles, have very low maintenance costs and are fun to drive!
Andy Mutziger, SLO APCD County Planning Manager, adds: “In partnership with the California Energy Commission, the SLO Council of Governments, Central Coast Community Energy and partners from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, we have had the pleased to recently bring $ 12 million to the Central Coast with $ 2.3 million for San Luis Obispo County to expand our network of electric vehicle chargers through the CALeVIP program. This grant program will install approximately 34 DC fast chargers and 150 Level 2 chargers in SLO County to help meet the charging needs of public and commercial electric vehicles by 2025. ”
Local sponsors for the event include Citizens’ Climate Lobby, ECOSLO, Electrify America, Sierra Club Santa Lucia Chapter, Cal Poly, SLO Bicycle Club, City of San Luis Obispo, Central Coast Community Energy, Madonna Inn and PG&E.
National sponsors are Nissan LEAF, Wells Fargo, Plug In America, Electric Auto Association, The Sierra Club and EV Hybrid Noire.
For more details and to register for these events, visit www.sloclimatecoalition.org/NDEW2021