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Get Ready for National Drive Electric Week

September 5, 2019
 
Let’s say you somehow managed to miss National Donut Day in early June and National Vanilla Ice Cream Day in July. Don’t worry, there are still some exciting celebrations scheduled before winter. 
In fact, this time it’s a whole week! 
 
That’s right, National Drive Electric Week, is September 14-22. 
 
That’s seven days of fun! And not a carb (or carburetor) in sight!  
 
Started in 2011 National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles.
 
Many AIM members have embraced alternative fueled vehicles for their fleets. It saves money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, important since transportation represents the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts. 
 
Several events are scheduled throughout Massachusetts. Some are held at local municipal lot (libraries, DPW yards) in conjunction with local chambers of commerce. 
 
Others like the one sponsored by AIM member Eversource, is being held at the Barnstable Airport in Hyannis. We are proud that Eversource is a leader in developing infrastructure for electric vehicles - they are partnering with businesses and municipalities to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout the Commonwealth – and paying up to 90 percent of the installation costs! 
 
If you're curious about electric vehicles, these events will give you an opportunity to talk to real owners and learn what it like to own one. You can even take rides. If you have an electric car bring it to show off. 
 
Some even have music and food. One is even being held at an ice cream stand – so maybe you can still celebrate National Vanilla Ice Cream day after all – better late than never! 
 
To learn more about events in your area go to National Drive Electric Week website at National Drive Electric Week
 
To be updated on AIM’s efforts and advocacy surrounding transportation issues, update your membership interest page.
 
To learn more about our September 27 Executive Forum on transportation (MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack speaker, go here).
 
To learn more about Eversource incentives that pay up to 90% percent of the installation costs for charging stations,  check out this video or visit Eversource.com
 
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