Electric cars rolling out in Ann Arbor Sept. 19

Celebrating 'National Drive Electric Week'


Dozens of electric vehicle drivers and enthusiasts will get together to highlight the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of electric cars from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor. The event is part of the fourth annual National Drive Electric Week, which used to be known as National Plug-In Day.

Local dealers will have a variety of electric vehicles from various manufacturers including Nissan, Chevrolet, BMW and others so visitors can get first-hand experience through test ride and drives. “The show also will feature conversions from conventional gas vehicles to electric by private owners and businesses, and we’ll also have electric scooters there,” according to Bruce Westlake, a board member of the Michigan Electric Auto Association (MEAA). The celebration is free and open to the public.

“Events like this are one of the best ways to promote electric vehicles because people get to experience the cars first-hand and learn about their environmental and economic benefits,” according to Charles Griffith, climate and energy policy director at the Ecology Center. The Ecology Center is a member of Built by Michigan, a coalition of groups supporting the electric vehicle industry in Michigan, which organized the event along with the MEAA.

“Electric vehicle owners also will be there to exchange their stories and their experiences with potential customers and talk about the benefits of purchasing electric vehicles,” Griffith says.

Ann Arbor’s event is one of more than 100 across the country where electric vehicle owners and supporters will hold electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, celebration of leaders promoting EVs, launches of new public EV charging stations and other public events.

Other sponsors for the Ann Arbor Drive Electric event include Briarwood Mall and local auto dealers.

“Briarwood Mall is one of the crossroads of our community, and we’re grateful that they’re welcoming this event for other organizations and businesses that are also engaged in promoting our region and its economy,” Griffith says. “The Ann Arbor Drive Electric celebration is a great fit for Briarwood and the rest of our community.”

For more information, contact: Denise Murray, Briarwood Mall, 734-769-9610, dmurray@simon.com; Bruce Westlake, Electric Auto Association, 734-476-7337, eaa.mich@gmail.com; Charles Griffith, Ecology Center, 734-369-9275, charlesg@ecocenter.org

Published on September 8, 2014