San Luis Obispo community learns about electric vehicles at National Drive Electric Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif .– The community of San Luis Obispo went out on Saturday to learn about the environment and celebrate National Drive Electric Week.

National Drive Electric Week runs from September 25 to October 3 and aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, bikes and more.

Local events were featured throughout the week with support from the SLO Climate Coalition, Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, SLO County Air Pollution Control District and the Community Environmental Council.

The final event called “Ride and Drive” took place Saturday at the Maddona Inn from 9am to 2pm.

There, residents came to see the latest and greatest electric cars and electric bikes.

Local event organizers said they are excited to see the popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) increase each year as they represent the future of clean, pollution-free driving.

They say public interest increases across geography and income levels. In-person and online events will take place during this week across the country.

“I was delighted with the large number of participants and their enthusiasm for electric vehicles – both cars and e-bikes,” said organizer Barry Rands of SLO Climate Coalition. “There was an air of positivity and excitement throughout the day. People are choosing their next vehicles, and they’re going to be electric!

“The city’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2035 is one of the most ambitious in the country,” said Chris Read, San Luis Obispo sustainability manager. “To achieve this goal, we are creating roads and communities that allow people to walk, cycle and take the bus in the city. As we move our fleet of buses to all-electric vehicles, we know that many people will still choose to drive their own vehicles, and all-electric vehicles are a great way forward. Combined with our increasingly cleaner electricity grid, electric vehicles are much cleaner than gasoline vehicles, have very low maintenance costs and are fun to drive!

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