Arlington, Texas -- Exciting progress is being made that could lead to less expensive, more plentiful electric vehicles. But how much do you know about them? Learn more about the technology from current EV owners and local representatives during North Texas’ National Drive Electric Week celebration Sept. 9 at Grapevine Mills Mall. Additionally, a series of five daily webinars beginning Monday, Sept. 11 will help you understand the basics about EVs.
Electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts will show off their rides, discuss the ownership experience and demonstrate this incredible – and clean – technology beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 9 at the mall. Sponsored by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition, the North Texas NDEW celebration is an opportunity for residents to learn more about electrification without feeling pressured to buy an EV. Attendees will even have a chance to test drive these vehicles.
Mike Taylor, a member of both the Colleyville City Council and the Regional Transportation Council, will speak during the event, highlighting the importance of electric vehicles in North Texas, where 10 counties are working to comply with the federal government’s ozone regulations. Improvements in air quality are being made, thanks in part to the growth of EVs and other vehicles powered by alternatives to gasoline.
Organizers are again hoping to establish a State record for the number of EVs in one location, aiming to top last year’s mark of 128. For the past two years, Dallas-Fort Worth has boasted the largest single-event NDEW celebration in the country outside of California, bringing together EV manufacturers, advocates and private owners, as well as curious individuals for a day of electric driving, conversation, fun and prizes. More than electric vehicles will be featured. Students from two area high schools are expected to showcase solar cars they built.
The free lunchtime webinars, held weekdays during NDEW, will help North Texans learn more about EVs and related issues. Here is the schedule:
|Monday, Sept. 11, noon
|Tuesday, Sept. 12, noon
|Wednesday, Sept. 13, noon
||Opportunities for Utilities
|Thursday, Sept. 14, noon
||Clean Communities, EVs and Municipalities
|Friday, Sept. 15, noon
||How to Sell an EV
Data shows Texas as a whole ranks fifth in the number of EVs sold. In Dallas-Fort Worth, there are approximately 8,000 EVs on the roads, an increase of 43 percent from 2016 to 2017.
NDEW is a nationwide celebration to increase awareness of the widespread availability of plug-in electric vehicles and to highlight the benefits of driving electric vehicles. It began in 2011 as National Plug In Day and expanded to involve an entire week in 2014, in response to the growing popularity of EVs. More than 200 events are scheduled across the US and Canada, as well as a few other international locations, during NDEW.
For more information on NDEW, how to register a vehicle or for the webinars, and why North Texans should be involved, visit www.driveelectricdfw.org.
About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.
NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including 16 counties, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 special districts. For more information on the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.
For more news from the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans/outreach/media.
About Clean Cities:
In 1995, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Clean Cities became one of the first Clean Cities under the Energy Policy Act’s provision for an organization that promotes the use of alternative fuels to lessen America’s dependence on foreign sources of petroleum. Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities is a locally-based, public/private partnership that seeks to advance energy security, protect environmental and public health, and stimulate economic development by promoting practices and decisions to reduce petroleum consumption and improve air quality, primarily in the transportation sector.