These days, there seems to be an official “Day” for every cause, remembrance, or simply awareness-building.
To help you think about how to reduce that large chunk of your carbon footprint related to transportation, for the past few years, there’s been a national drive electric week. ake you aware of and encourage that you put on your calendars is National Plug In Day 2014
This national event has been building for several years now (since 2011) and is usually the last week every September.
What is National Drive Electric Week?
Well, it is basically designed to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of all-electric or plug-in vehicles, and hybrids. You can take a test drive and take to amateurs and professionals about both the new and street-wise vehicles on the market and understand the environmental benefits.
You’ll see that plug-in vehicles are quickly no-longer a novelty and a now a small portion of the mainstream new vehicle purchase options.
In fact the list of manufacturers offering plug-in models in North America is growing: BMW Active E, Ford Focus, Honda Fit, Mitsubishi i, Nissan LEAF, Smart For Two Electric Drive, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Prius, Tesla Model S. The list expands every month.
Plug In Highlights
According to officials organizing National Plug In Day 2014:
- 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.