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Drive Electric Minnesota Announces National Drive Electric Week Events

For Immediate Release, August 20, 2015                                                                                                                         

Media Contact:  Brendan Jordan | 612-278-7152 | bjordan@gpisd.net

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesotans will have several opportunities to learn more about electric vehicles during National Drive Electric Week, September 12-20, 2015.  Sponsored by Drive Electric Minnesota (DEMN) and other partners, Drive Electric Week will give consumers the chance to test drive the latest electric vehicle models and network with electric vehicle owners and dealers.

“Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration aimed at heightening awareness of the widespread availability and the benefits of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs),” said Great Plains Institute Vice President Brendan Jordan, noting that there are currently more than 3,000 plug-in electric vehicles in Minnesota along with more than 200 public and workplace charging stations. 

Minnesota’s Drive Electric Week kicks off with a free “Ride and Drive” event located in the East Parking Lot at the Mall of America.  Anyone interested in learning more about electric vehicles is encouraged to attend the event, scheduled for Saturday, September 12th from 11 am to 4 pm.

“The ‘Ride and Drive’ event will give people the chance to get behind the wheel of the latest electric vehicles and learn from existing electric vehicle owners about their experience with driving electric,” Jordan said. 

Jordan noted that those planning to attend the “Ride and Drive” event should register in advance at:  https://driveelectric.eventbrite.com.  

In addition to the “Ride and Drive” event, Drive Electric Minnesota (DEMN) and other partners are hosting a series of events in the Twin Cities during Drive Electric Week.  For a full event listing, please visit the Drive Electric Minnesota website

“Momentum is building for increased electric vehicle use in Minnesota and across the country,” Jordan said.  “There will be several new models of electric cars available in the next two years.  Battery costs are coming down, vehicles are becoming more economical and battery ranges are improving, which makes owning an electric vehicle an attractive option for more and more consumers.” 

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Drive Electric Minnesota (DEMN) is a partnership of local and state government, utilities, private business and nonprofit entities working in collaboration to bring electric vehicles and plug-in charging infrastructure to Minnesota. Learn more at www.driveelectricmn.org

The Great Plains Institute (GPI) leads Drive Electric Minnesota and is a non-partisan non-profit organization that uses consensus-based strategies to discover and implement politically durable solutions to society’s most pressing energy and climate challenges.  Learn more at www.betterenergy.org.