Coast-to-Coast EV road trip kicks off in California

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Dr. Alberto Ayala (L), Gina O’Neal (C) and Daphne Dixon (R) presents $1,000 sponsorship.

Sacramento Clean Cities produced the “Coast-to-Coast EV” Event on June 1 at the California Automobile Museum. Daphne Dixon, Executive Director of the Connecticut Southwestern Area Clean Cities Coalition with her assistant Alyssa Murphy will drive a Chevy Bolt electric vehicle from Sacramento to Rhode Island, taking 21 days with stops in 33 cities covering 20 states and the District of Columbia.

Left to Right: Alyssa Murphy, Daphne Dixon Gina O’Neal and Tim Taylor at the Hertz’ Chevy Bolt that will drive across the US.

Dr. Alberto Ayala, Director of the Sacramento Air District provided the driving team with a $1,000 sponsorship and Hertz has provided the team with a Chevy Bolt electric car. V.J. Chue, Field Representative from Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s office presented Daphne Dixon with a certificate of congratulations for their transcontinental trip that will raise awareness of electric vehicles as practical transportation solutions. 

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Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition Co-directors Tim Taylor and Gina O’Neal hosted the event that included case studies of fleet EV conversion efforts by Ron Wirth, Assistant Fleet Manager at the County of Sacramento, and David Renschler, Fleet Manager with the City of Fairfield. In addition, Chris White with Frontier Energy provided a comprehensive set of EV transition planning tools. 

The 100 fleet manager attendees were treated to a BBQ lunch and an opportunity to view a unique set of zero-emission displays including construction equipment, heavy-duty trucks, utility trucks with bucket lift systems and a mobile charging unit. Also on display were a Ford Lightning PIckup Truck and a Solectrac agricultural tractor from the City of Fairfield, a Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel cell SUV and Pole Star and Tesla sedans. 

The event presentations are available on the Sacramento Clean Cities website.

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