The Greater Charlotte Region Celebrates National Drive Electric Week
The greater Charlotte region's National Drive Electric Week event was a great success! The location choice of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center provided busy lunchtime traffic as well as attendance from key City of Charlotte decision-makers. Charlotte's city council environmental subcommittee meeting adjourned early to be in attendance at the event. Many interested visitors stopped to ask questions of our many contributors including: Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, Modern Nissan of Lake Norman, Envision Charlotte, Sustain Charlotte, CATS, Charlotte Department of Transportation, Club Car, GEM Electric, and Charlotte Cycles. There is a strong interest in our community for EV's and other choices in how we get around! Our NDEW event was able to involve a broader cross section of the community and encourage this interest while promoting the excitement of driving electric.
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Attendees enjoy speaking with Electric Vehicle owners at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 9/12/2016
During the month of September the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) joined alternative fuel enthusiasts all over the country to celebrate National Drive Electric Week (NDEW). The week is aimed at increasing awareness of the availability and benefits of electric vehicles (EVs).
In celebration of the week the CCFC hosted special events in the towns of Dallas, Matthews and Wadesboro and the City of Salisbury to commemorate the grand opening of Direct Current (DC) Fast Charging locations in these communities.
The new DC Fast Chargers were installed by Brightfield Transportation Solutions and are capable of delivering an 80% charge in as little as 20-30 minutes. These chargers not only allow EV owners in our region a greater availability of chargers, but also bring travelers from other areas to our towns where they can stimulate the local economy by grabbing a cup of coffee or a bite to eat while waiting for their vehicle to charge.
The events were well-attended and featured numerous speakers including Senator Tom McInnis and Representative Bill Brawley from the North Carolina State Legislature. Additionally, Envision Charlotte and the City of Charlotte held a public education and exhibition event at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center where numerous EVs from Nissan, Tesla, Smart, BMW, and VIA Motors were available for participants to view and learn about.
NDEW was started in 2011, in partnership with Nissan. This years' week-long celebration boasted 196 events across 41 states, Canada, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, with over 130,000 attendees.
CCFC would like to thank the numerous participants, attendees, and partners that helped to celebrate NDEW in our region. 2015 was a great year for strengthening the EV infrastructure in the greater Charlotte region and we look forward to celebrating next year’s accomplishments during National Drive Week 2016, September 10-18.