National Drive Electric Week

NationalPlugInThese days, there seems to be a “Day” for everything.  In fact, there probably is, if you accept double-counting multiple events designated for the same recognition day, weeks or months.

Environmentally-speaking, there are a growing number of days dedicated to reducing your carbon footprint and now there is one dedicated to electric vehicles. Drum roll… National Drive Electric Week.

Every September there’s a National Drive Electric Week. A nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and the benefits.

To no suprise, these vehicles are no longer a novelty and a now a small portion of the mainstream new vehicle purchase options – approaching a half-million vehicle on the U.S. roads.  Green Blizzard is even considering purchasing an electric car instead of its company car, our dependable and quiet, smooth riding Prius hybrid.   Unfortunately, our previous Prius was totaled recently, when we hit a deer bounding across the highway – no injuries and the car is well designed in that regard.

Jump over to the Drive Electric Week website for more insights and event location information.

  • Electric vehicles are fun to drive. They are smooth and quiet, and their high torque – even at low speeds – provides instant accelerator response, and also better performance in snow.
  • Electric vehicles are easier and cheaper to fuel. Fuel for EVs costs much less than for gasoline vehicles. Fueling your car with electricity is about five times cheaper than fueling with gasoline. It is much more convenient to simply plug in when you arrive home than to stop by a gas station to fill your gas tank.
  • Electric vehicles are cheaper to maintain. Maintenance for all-electric vehicles costs much less than for gasoline vehicles. They require no oil changes and have 10 times fewer moving parts than a gasoline-powered car. There’s no engine, transmission, spark plugs, valves, fuel tank, tailpipe, distributor, starter, clutch, muffler, or catalytic converter.

  • Electric vehicles are cleaner. Less gas means less pollution, even when taking into account the emissions from the generation of electricity.
  • Electric vehicles are going mainstream. Electric vehicles are selling better out of the gate than did the first hybrids. Well over 100,000 plug-in vehicles have been sold, and the rate is accelerating as more cars come to the market.
  • Electric vehicles are creating good American jobs. We are building advanced technology vehicles and components in at least 20 states, creating thousands of new, good jobs.
  • Electric vehicles make for a more stable and secure United States. We need to stop feeding our oil addiction by sending nearly $1 billion overseas each day, often to governments unfriendly to US policies.

Check out the other Green Blizzard articles about green cars:Fly, Drive, Bus or Carpool, Zipcars For Young Professionals,  Hyper-Driving Techniques, or Consider A Nissan Leaf.  All of which are chocked full of green living tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint.

Check out these books on the electric car trends or subscribe to Green Car Reports for breaking news.


About the author

Keith Blizzard

A life-long environmentalist, Keith set out on the never ending journey of adjusting his lifestyle to a more sustainable one, with a goal of annually shrinking his carbon footprint. When he looked around for a dependable source of meaningful carbon footprint reduction ideas, it was pretty lame - so he launched Green Blizzard loaded with eco-friendly lifestyle tweaks. When he's not managing Green Blizzard, you'll find him on the trails around Mid Coast Maine with his trusty trail companion mutt, Moose.

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