Have you ever wanted to test drive a few electric cars without the pressure to purchase? Well, now you can! This April for Drive Electric Earth Day, an event where you can test drive EVs, learn about them and ask questions in a non-sales environment. You can also talk to current owners about their experiences with EVs. It’s coming this April to a city near you!
The goal of the event is to teach people about the great benefits of EVs through hands-on experiences with them. “When people come in contact with EV drivers and their cars, they get it right away,” says Joel Levin, the Executive Director at Plug In America, the organization leading the initiative.
Levin encourages anyone curious about electric cars to come give it a try. “If you’ve never been in an EV, it’s different than you’re imagining,” he says. (Yes, it’s even different than driving a Prius).
Each event offers unique activities. One of the common treads in all events is meeting EV drivers. You’ll be able to take a close look at their vehicles, ride or test drive their cars and talk to them about their experience.
However, the main perk of Drive Electric Earth Day events is to allow citizens to talk directly to automakers. Representatives from car dealerships are also at many events (and they’re actually not allowed to sell cars on the spot).
The thing is, education is crucial when it comes to EVs.
“EV drivers are better salespeople than dealerships because they feel like they have this great secret and want to share it with everyone,” says Levin. From the financial benefits to helping the environment, EV drivers definitely have a lot of reasons to be proud and excited.
Levin points out that the conversation about electric vehicles is much different than gas cars. “With a gas car, no one asks ‘what’s gas, where do I get it, what are the different types, how do I put it in the car?’ When you sell an EV, you have to answer all of these questions and more,” he says.
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Levin also stresses the importance of choosing the right electric vehicle for you and your lifestyle. “Most gas cars could make anyone happy. But if you don’t get the right EV to fit your needs, you’re going to be unhappy,” he says.
Plug In America and its partners have been hosting Drive Electric events for several years. National Drive Electric Week started in 2011 with 26 events, then grew to 320 events across 50 states and nearly every Canadian province in 2018.
This year, the Drive Electric Earth Day edition runs throughout April at grassroots local events across the US, Canada and other countries as well. Most are hosted by volunteers and partner organizations. Besides test drives and meeting automakers, you can look forward to family-friendly activities like EV rallies, experiences for kids, food and lots of other fun festivities.
“We’ve seen extraordinary success. The secret strength of our organization is an incredible passion that drivers have,” he says.
You can see all the events on the map here.
FLO is proud to be the exclusive charging provider for the event.
Cover photo credit Dave Talboys – Talboys Photography