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North Central Texas Council of Governments                                                   

 

Electric Vehicles to be
Celebrated Sept. 19

  Organizers hope to establish regional record
for EVs gathered in single location

Sept. 10, 2015 (Arlington, Texas) –Texas is known for trucks and other large automobiles, but another vehicle class is growing substantially, even if it’s under the radar.

The state currently ranks sixth in the country in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) sold, with more steadily being added to the roads. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is also experiencing strong EV growth and stands 12th among metropolitan areas nationwide in EV sales. The vehicles have become popular enough for the North Central Texas Council of Governments and Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition to pursue a North Texas record for the largest number of EVs in one location when they celebrate the technology Sept. 19 at Grapevine Mills Mall. Nearly 100 vehicles are registered for the event already.

This will occur during National Drive Electric Week, held annually across the country to build awareness of all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The event began in 2011 as National Plug In Day and expanded to an entire week last year due to the growing popularity of electric vehicles across the nation. Electric vehicles are also a component of the region’s strategy to improve air quality. Ten Dallas-Fort Worth area counties are in nonattainment for ozone pollution, and NCTCOG and its partners are working toward meeting the federal government’s standard by 2017.

This year’s local NDEW event starts at 10 a.m. and aims to help North Texans learn more about EVs and vehicle charging options. The festivities will include hands-on activities for all ages, as well as entertainment, giveaways and “ride and drives.”

The event is open to the public and is geared toward both enthusiasts and residents who simply want to learn about the technology and the benefits of adopting it for personal or business use. Vendors and EV operators expected to attend are excited about the technology, eager to discuss how it may help individuals and the region. They are ready to celebrate the popularity of electric vehicles and showcase to the public why they choose to drive EVs.

They cost less to operate than their gasoline-powered counterparts.

They are fun to drive.

They are environmentally friendly.

These are just a few of the reasons North Texans and people across the nation are embracing EVs.

More than 120 National Drive Electric Week 2015 celebrations will take place across the U.S. and Canada during the week of Sept. 12-20. Additional information and registration details about the local event are available at DFWCleanCities.org/NDEW.

Details
Who: North Texas residents interested in electric vehicles and related technologies
What: National Drive Electric Week
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, September 19
Where: Grapevine Mills parking lot (between Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Off 5th)
Why: Celebrate the success of electric vehicles in North Texas and be a part of the effort to establish a new record for the largest gathering of EVs in the region’s history.

 

About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:

NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.

NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including
16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit  www.nctcog.org/trans.

For more news from the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans/outreach/media.

 

   About Clean Cities:

In 1995, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Clean Cities became one of the first Clean Cities under the Energy Policy Act’s provision for an organization that promotes the use of alternative fuels to lessen America’s dependence on foreign sources of petroleum. Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities is a locally-based, public/private partnership that seeks to advance energy security, protect environmental and public health, and stimulate economic development by promoting practices and decisions to reduce petroleum consumption and improve air quality, primarily in the transportation sector.

 

   Contact:

Amanda Wilson (817) 695-9284 awilson@nctcog.org or Kenneth Bergstrom (817) 704-5643 kbergstrom@nctcog.org

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