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While the gasoline car has certainly been the most popular in automobile history, many people don’t realize that some of the first cars invented ran on electric power!

Experimental prototypes of these cars showed up in Europe in the 1830s, and the first viable option may have been in 1890 when the electric vehicle (EV) from American inventor William Morrison came on the scene.

And today, electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular all around the world!

History of National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week is a bit more recent than that. It was founded in 2011 by Plug In America in partnership with the Sierra Club and the Electric Vehicle Association.

The event originally started as National Plug-In Day, but three years later, it was changed to National Drive Electric Week.

By 2017, the event had reached all 50 US states and later reached other countries around the world, such as Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Today, the US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C., also supports and celebrates National Drive Electric Week.

How to Celebrate National Drive Electric Week

Consider Driving Electric

For those who have been considering switching from a gasoline or diesel-powered car to an electric vehicle, this National Drive Electric Week might be the perfect opportunity to get more informed and make the switch.

Check out some of these facts to help with the decision:

  • More and more fuel stations are setting up electric charging points, making it easier to use electric cars
  • As electric vehicles become more popular, prices are falling
  • Most EVs bought in the US are made in North America
  • Even considering the electric charge, EVs are considered to have less of a carbon footprint than traditional cars

Share With Friends About Drive Electric Week

Those who already own an electric car might want to make a big deal out of National Drive Electric Week by snapping a photo and sharing it on social media with their sphere of influence.

Invite others into a conversation about what it means to drive electric and why you love it!

Attend a National Drive Electric Week Event

The website for National Drive Electric Week provides a list of the various events being held. Dozens of registered events will occur in different states across the country, and it’s possible to attend or even volunteer to help out.

Car shows, vehicle expos, green fairs, and educational seminars about sustainability are all on offer.

In addition, many events provide food, live music, Q&A forums, and free electric charging for vehicles. Check out a local event and get involved in honor of this week!

Organize a National Drive Electric Week Event

Folks who are excited about electric vehicles but who don’t have access to a local event might be interested in hosting one.

Hop onto the National Drive Electric Week website to get more information on how to become an official event host.

Folks who are interested in National Drive Electric Week might also want to celebrate Charge Your Car Day on October 5 or International Reducing CO2 Emissions Day on January 28.

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