Contact: Brian Wilson
(Arlington, Texas) – Electric vehicles continue to gain popularity in Texas and across the nation as a quiet, clean and economical alternative to traditional automobiles. You have probably seen one traveling around the region. Maybe you even have gotten the itch to drive one yourself. You will have the opportunity to do so at the region’s National Drive Electric Week celebration September 17 at Grapevine Mills.
Texas as a whole ranks fifth in the number of EVs sold, moving up a spot in the rankings since 2015. In Dallas-Fort Worth, there are more than 5,000 EVs on the roads, more than any other major metropolitan area in Texas, according to the most recent data available.
To celebrate the success of these vehicles, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition invite residents to break the North Texas record for the most EVs in one location. The mark was set at the same event last year.
Because EVs are still new to many people, there are undoubtedly questions about their operation, reliability and what the future holds in North Texas. The event is a great place to get these answers. It begins at 10 a.m. and will provide attendees the opportunity to not only learn about EVs, but take one for a spin. Many different makes and models will be represented not only by manufacturers themselves, but individuals who already own them. These owners can tell the “real” story of what it’s like to own an EV. And there will even be opportunities to win the use of an EV for a day.
As the technology continues advancing, electric vehicles can play a significant role in how residents in North Texas get around in the future, as well as the region’s air quality. Ten Dallas-Fort Worth area counties are in nonattainment for ozone pollution, and NCTCOG and its partners are working toward meeting the federal government’s standard.
Elected officials are expected to talk about the transportation and air quality improvements that could result from EVs. State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, will discuss the importance of electric vehicles and sustainable business practices.
Colleyville City Councilmember Mike Taylor, who serves on the Regional Transportation Council, will speak about the impact of ozone pollution on health, and the positive effect meeting the federal ozone standard could have on the economy and quality of life.
NDEW 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. Electric vehicles are also a component of the region’s strategy to improve air quality.
More than 170 NDEW events are scheduled to occur across the United States and Canada during the week of Sept. 10-18. The North Texas event is expected to be one of the largest NDEW gatherings in the US. Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia and New Zealand are also set to host NDEW gatherings, according to the National Drive Electric Week website.
Additional information and registration details can be found at www.dfwcleancities.org/ndew.
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, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.
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.
Amanda Wilson (817) 695-9284, email@example.com or Kenneth Bergstrom (817) 704-5643, firstname.lastname@example.org