Electric vehicle expo draws a crowd to UAB

September 18, 2017

Electric vehicle expo draws a crowd to UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  —  Birmingham joined cities across the country on Friday as host of a National Drive Electric Week expo at UAB, sponsored by the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, Alabama Power, Southern Research and Birmingham’s Zero Emissions Owners Group.

UAB played host to scores of owners of electric vehicles and representatives of alternative fuels industry who shared information about how driving electric saves money on fuel and maintenance and helps decrease our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

“We had a great day at UAB, engaging with students and other community members,” said Mark Bentley, executive director of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition. “Birmingham has made impressive strides toward energy independence with the continued buildup of electric vehicle charging stations and from many fleet conversions to alternative fuels.

“This expo provided an outlet for people with electric vehicles and those in the alternative fuel industry to share their knowledge with others. We thank all the sponsors and UAB for all their help making this event such a success.”

National Drive Electric Week aims to promote one of the fastest-growing segment of the automotive industry. Birmingham was one of 277 cities to host an expo for National Drive Electric Week across the United States and Canada.

Attendees were able to converse with EV owners and dealers from brands like Nissan Leaf, Tesla, Chevy Volt, Porsche, BMW, Zero Motorcycle and Ford Plug-In cars. Participants had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the upkeep of electric vehicles and associated costs.

“Today was a wonderful experience for the UAB community and the city as a whole,” said Julie Price, PhD., UAB’s Coordinator of Sustainability. “Electric vehicles are becoming more commonplace and affordable and are a visible testament to the things we can do to make more sustainable energy choices in our everyday life. It was such fun to see how excited the owners of the electric vehicles are to share their experiences.”

Also at Friday’s event, Birmingham City Councilors Valerie Abbott and Sheila Tyson presented sustainability awards, recognizing leading efforts to expand electric vehicle infrastructure in the city. Tyson presented an award to downtown Publix manager Ginnie McDonald while Abbott recognized Tammy Cohen of CCR Architects for the 20 Midtown development.

National sponsors for National Drive Electric Week are Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association. To learn more about the drive electric initiative, visit https://driveelectricweek.org.

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