Experience the Future of Electric Vehicles Sept. 8

Learn about EVs by talking with experts, vehicle owners at Grapevine Mills

(Arlington, Texas) -- Electric Vehicles are on the verge of changing the way North Texas travels. The annual Dallas-Fort Worth National Drive Electric Week event, which celebrates the growing popularity of this technology, will be held at Grapevine Mills on Sept. 8. Hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition, the event begins at 10 a.m. and is the second largest EV gathering in the country.

Experts, owners and enthusiasts will be in attendance to answer questions and give visitors the chance to ride in or drive the vehicles. This experience will provide many with the opportunity to learn and explore these innovative vehicles.

The current market consists of 45 EV models, and a projected 55 percent of global car sales could be electric by 2040, according to a Bloomberg 2018 Electric Vehicle Outlook report. In North Texas alone, there has been a 2,000 percent increase in registered electric vehicles since 2011. Given this growth in popularity, charging infrastructure is being added throughout the region to ensure it can support these EVs and allow owners to travel longer distances without the fear of being stranded.

NDEW is an event where potential buyers can check out EVs without the pressure of a car dealership. However, for those who want to take the next step and purchase an EV, federal and State incentives are available. The federal government currently offers up to $7,500 to those who purchase a plug-in EV, and Texas residents can earn up to an additional $2,500 with the purchase of a qualified EV. As an added benefit, residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area who meet the income requirements can receive vouchers worth up to $3,500 from the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program to purchase a newer EV model. More information on this important air quality program is available at https://www.nctcog.org/trans/quality/air/for-everyone/aircheck.

NCTCOG is looking to build on last year’s NDEW event, which resulted in a Texas record 155 EVs in one location. Representatives from Oncor Electric Delivery will be in attendance to discuss EV plans and the impact the vehicles have on the grid as they seek to educate residents about these evolving vehicles. Additionally, a group of students from the Winston School in Dallas will be on hand to showcase another technology: a solar car they built as part of a class project. 

NDEW started as a one-day celebration in 2011 to recognize this new idea of plug-in vehicles and then developed into an entire week of over 200 events worldwide highlighting the state-of-the-art features of EVs. The goal of the national celebration of electric vehicles is to provide people with the opportunity to learn more about the availability and benefits of these innovative and environmentally friendly options.

For more information on NDEW, how to register a vehicle and why North Texans should be involved, visit https://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.

About the Dallas Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition:

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.