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Electric Vehicle Day- San Diego and Consumers Drive for a Transportation Revolution

(Joseph Gottlieb, CTO, Thursday, September 12, 2019)

This Saturday, San Diego will host the world’s largest EV event at Liberty Station in Point Loma. SDG&E, Cleantech San Diego, and the Center for Sustainable Energy will showcase electric vehicles, charging solutions and cleantech services. Touted as Electric Vehicle Day– San Diego, the kick-off to National Drive Electric Week, a nation-wide celebration, this free public event allows consumers to explore energy-efficient and eco-friendly products and services including test driving electric vehicles. Presenters include Plug-In America, Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association, with sponsors including the Nissan LEAF, the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, Clipper Creek, and Enel X. Car options for test drives and displays include 40 fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles with cars from Honda, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mitsubishi, Kia, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Audi, Tesla, and Arcimoto, which makes a 3-wheel fun utility vehicle. Over 300 similar events will take place all over the country as part of the National Drive Electric Week launch.

 

This is the ninth annual coast-to-coast celebration of electric vehicles. Over 60% of prospective car buyers in the US are interested in EVs according to a survey by Consumer Reports and the Unions of Concerned Scientists. Their research indicates 31% would consider one for their next purchase, 27% would consider one later, and 5% intend to purchase or lease one as their next vehicle purchase. And, the interest in electric vehicles extends beyond wealthy consumers, with nearly the same amount of interest across all income levels.

 

However, Shannon Baker-Branstetter, manager of cars and energy policy for Consumer Reports find that while buyers are expressing a definite interest in electric cars, automakers and dealers are not marketing them, leaving buyers without adequate information to make their decision. These community events allow low-pressure, family friendly opportunities for consumers to explore, ask questions and compare models.

 

Survey results also indicate 64% of consumers are interested in their state increasing the use of plug-in electric school buses, public transit and fleets. Hieu Le, Sierra Club Clean Transportation for All campaign representative, explains, “We desperately need a clean transportation revolution, and there’s nothing more powerful than hearing the experiences of electric vehicle drivers firsthand to help demystify the technology, accelerate mass adoption, and combat climate change.”

 

We enjoy our role in this transportation revolution and take pride in the fact that our charging solutions for commercial and industrial electrical vehicles set the industry standard for reliability and availability, including customizable options, saving you engineering costs and reducing delivery risk. Wherever you are this weekend, enjoy the Electric Vehicle Day in your community.

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