In celebration of National Drive Electric Week, Drive Electric Alabama is hosting four statewide showcases this month.
During the events, which are free of charge and open to the public, EVs will be on display and owners of the vehicles will be on hand to answer questions regarding the cars.
“A large percentage of Alabamians have still never driven an EV,” said Michael Staley, president of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition. “The EV owners who participate in these showcases have made the transition to electric and use their vehicles to get their kids to school, or take them to soccer practice, or to make a quick run to the grocery store. Who else would you want to ask about EVs? These Alabamians are using them every day.”
The showcases’ times and locations are:
- Drive Electric Alabama Auburn Area
Sept. 22, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center, 910 S. College St., Auburn
- Drive Electric Alabama Bay Area
Sept. 25, 5-9 p.m.; Mardi Gras Park, 109 Government St., Mobile
- Drive Electric Alabama Birmingham Area
Sept. 30, 8 a.m. to noon; The Market at Pepper Place, 2930 Third Ave. S., Birmingham
- Drive Electric Alabama North Alabama Area
Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; MidCity District, 5909 University Drive, Huntsville
“Anyone who has ever driven an EV can tell you about pressing the accelerator and immediately being pushed back into your seat like you’re riding a rollercoaster,” said Dale Holden, a Mobile resident and co-leader of the Bay Area Chapter of Drive Electric Alabama. “That fun factor often overshadows the real-world economic benefits that EV owners enjoy. You save money and have fun at the same time.”
Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.