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Clean Cities coalition announces 3 year promotion of electric vehicle in Midwest

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South Shore Clean Cities will be working with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and seven other Clean Cities coalitions on a three-year project to promote electric vehicles throughout the Midwest.

According to a statement released on Thursday, the Midwest EVOLVE (Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, events, Experience) project will demonstrate the performance and environmental benefits of plug-in electric vehicles through showcases, ride-and-drives, and events. South Shore Clean Cities is a partner in the seven-state project, which will include educational events in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

“Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, due to their better batteries, decrease in cost, an increase in choice, and the rollout of charging infrastructure,” said Lew Bartfield, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. “These advanced, modern vehicles reduce emissions that contribute to climate change and smog, improving air quality and public health.”

The Lung Association and the eight Clean Cities coalitions will host more than 200 large and small events over the next three years, held at brand-neutral settings that will give Midwestern drivers an opportunity to get behind the wheel of electric vehicles. The first events will be held in the spring of 2017.

“The Midwest is often overlooked as a market for electric vehicles,” Bartfield said. “The goal of Midwest EVOLVE is to build awareness and visibility for the advantages of electric vehicles, and to help the Midwest rediscover the automobile again, this time with a plug.”

Midwest EVOLVE and South Shore Clean Cities will be targeting the general public, fleet decision makers, and dealership personnel. Showcases will be held in major metropolitan areas with the following goals in mind:

* Allowing motorists to test-drive a variety of vehicles that are locally available.

* Educating consumers about vehicle charging at home, work and public stations.

* Helping people determine the best vehicle and charging options for their needs.

“There's no better way to learn about the performance and environmental advantages of EVs than personal experience,” said Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities. “Through participating in major events throughout Northern Indiana, hosting ride and drives, and conducting seminars, we hope to make a major impact on improving air quality and saving fuel.”

The Midwest EVOLVE project will initially launch with three automotive partners--Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Nissan--as well as more than 60 other partners throughout the Midwest, including Argonne National Laboratory, utilities, state agencies, municipalities, dealerships and dealer associations.

In addition to helping the public learn about electric vehicles, Midwest EVOLVE is focused on fostering the rollout of additional charging stations throughout the Midwest, including public-charging stations and employer-based workplace charging. Nationwide, there are more than 40,000 public-charging stations in the U.S.


Posted 2/14/2017




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