National Drive Electric Week is a celebration of the variety and availability of electric vehicles and showcases all the benefits that come with plug-in electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. What once started as National Plug-In Day was expanded by popular demand and in 2018 was celebrated in 321 cities around the world. This past September, EV advocates in Tennessee were able to bring the celebration to Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.
Each event was led by EV advocates and local owners and invited car dealers to showcase their EV stock or local owners to showcase their personal vehicles. Nissan, Tesla, Chevy, and Toyota were some of the many car makes featured this year. The event provided a variety of ways to showcase the vehicles including informational booths, parades, ride and drives, and more.
In Nashville, nearly 40 electric vehicle owners registered their EVs for the city’s Drive Electric Week Event. When drivers were asked how many fully electric miles they’d driven over the past year, they reported over 800,000 miles driven between them. That’s 800,000 miles driven without the direct use of fossil fuels and without any tailpipe emissions!
As availability of EVs grows, so will those numbers. Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association provided support for this year’s Drive Electric Week. As always, we are interested in partnering with other organizations that can help us advocate for electric vehicles in other communities throughout Tennessee. Middle West Tennessee Clean Fuels also invites local EV owners and enthusiasts to join the local Drive Electric Nashville group to help host and promote similar events in the future.