By: Christian Okolski
For the past three years, National Plugin Day has been a day dedicated to the electric vehicle, where those who manufacture, drive, and charge them showcase their equipment across the United States. This year, however, the entire week of September 15-21 has been dubbed National Electric Drive Week 2014. All across the Country, and even abroad, this week is an extended celebration of electric vehicles as well as the environmental and energy-saving benefits they bring to the table.
National Electric Drive Week is organized across by Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association, and it is sponsored by the Nissan LEAF, the best-selling electric car in America. From Hawaii to Maine, these organizations are collaborating with both public and private local entities, as well as local electric vehicle owners, to bring electric vehicle parades, driving events, showcases, award ceremonies, and more to the public. National Electric Drive Week has even spilled over into Canada, Italy, and the Netherlands, extending its reach internationally. The National Electric Drive Week website provides opportunities for people to volunteer at events and an interactive map of where they are being held. In total 151 events will complete this week’s festivities.
In New York City, for example, an “EV Bloc” of marchers who support electric vehicles will join the City’s People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21st. More information about the EV Bloc’s participation at New York City’s People’s Climate March can be found on the National Electric Drive Week website. Additional National Electric Drive Week events in New York State will be held in Cohoes, Highland, Lindenhurst, Rochester, and Syracuse. However, an extension of the week will be held on September 23rd in White Plains, where electric vehicles will be displayed, and Mayor Roach will cut the ribbon on the Lyons Place Garage, a new parking facility with electric vehicle charging stations.
With more than a quarter million electric vehicles on U.S. roads for the first time, National Electric Drive Week is an encouraging expansion of National Plugin Day. Every year since the first National Plugin Day in 2011, more and more electric vehicles are being driven, and their annual sales have increased every year. While less than 20,000 electric cars were sold in 2011, there have been nearly 80,000 sales so far this year, and that number will easily surpass the 100,000 milestone by the end of December. The popularity of electric cars is certainly on the rise, and the expansion of National Electric Drive Week is an encouraging sign of the times for electric vehicle enthusiasts.