We were pleased to host the first 2018 Palm Harbor National Drive Electric Week event at the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 3, 2018. It was a tremendous success full of learning and driving electric! It included ‘Ride and Drives’ from two dealerships: The RBC Group, Inc. and Fitzgerald Chrysler, where participants had the chance to drive electric for the very first time. Additionally, there were nearly 20 electric drivers with their cars talking to guests and sharing their personal driving experience. The vehicles on display included Tesla, Nissan, Chevy, BMW, and Ford. We also had participation from three municipalities that have EVs in their fleet or are interested in electrification.
The City of Largo brought their wrapped Nissan LEAF to display and Vice Mayor Michael Smith and Sustainability Coordinator Laura Thomas shared information about the sustainable initiatives their city is doing. Additionally, Rob Marlowe, Mayor of New Port Richey was on hand to talk about the new charging stations that his city is installing. City of Tarpon Springs Commissioner Susan Kitka also attended. Peter King, Electric Transportation Project Manager at Duke Energy and the Chairman of Drive Electric Florida, was also on hand to discuss upcoming ways to engage with policymakers regarding the VW Settlement funds, specifically highlighting the need for Florida’s environmental mitigation plan to include the 15% maximum carve out for EV infrastructure as well as electrification of our public transportation systems. Phil Compton of the Suncoast Sierra Club highlighted how EVs are a necessary component for cities to reach their commitments to 100% clean energy.
If you missed the event, there are many upcoming chances to learn more about EVs in Florida. On Tuesday, March, 20 Electrify the South, a campaign of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, will be hosting a Webinar: ‘How EVs Drive us to 100% Clean Energy’. Register here. Also, on Saturday, March 31, the City of Oldsmar will be hosting a Sustain the Bay event featuring electric vehicles and their drivers. Register here.