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Greater Boston Takes Part in National Drive Electric Vehicle Week

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 25, 2017

Contact: Amanda Linehan, Communications Manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Council 617-388-1556 // alinehan@mapc.org

Greater Boston Takes Part in National Drive Electric Week

WHAT: Electric vehicle drivers and enthusiasts will from around the Greater Boston region will gather to celebrate and tout the clean-air benefits and cost-savings of electric cars during the week of September 9-17 as part of the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week.

More than a dozen Boston-area events are scheduled, part of more than 200 across the country where electric vehicle owners and their neighbors will hold electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, recognition of leaders promoting EVs, launches of new public EV charging stations and other public events.

Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers. The Nissan LEAF® is the exclusive national automotive sponsor.

Boston-area events for National Drive Electric Week include:

  • Belmont: Sept. 17, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Chenery Middle School
  • Bellingtham, 9, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Bellingham Public Library
  • Braintree, 9, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Braintree High School
  • Cambridge: Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, Daney Park
  • Gloucester: Sept. 14, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Waterfront Municipal Parking Lot
  • Ipswich: 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 36 S. Main St.
  • Melrose: 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Melrose Victorian Fair
  • Natick: 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Natick Common
  • Plymouth, 10, Noon to 4 p.m., Plymouth Public Library
  • Quincy: 15, Noon to 3 p.m., Quincy Farmer’s Market
  • Wilmington: Sept. 13, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 200 Ballardvale St.

For a complete list of National Drive Electric Week events, visit: driveelectricweek.org.

For more information about Drive Electric Week in Massachusetts, contact Alison Felix at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston at afelix@mapc.org and 617-933-0742.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in Greater Boston. Learn more at http://wwwmapc.org.

About Plug In America: Plug In America is the nation’s leading independent consumer voice for accelerating the use of plug-in electric vehicles in the United States. Formed as a non-profit in 2008, Plug In America provides practical, objective information collected from our coalition of plug-in vehicle drivers, through public outreach and education, policy work and a range of technical advisory services. Our expertise represents the world’s deepest pool of experience of driving and living with plug-in vehicles. The organization conceived National Drive Electric Week and has advanced workplace charging by pioneering ride-and-drive events at such leading corporations as Google, Mattel and Paramount Pictures. We drive electric. You can too. pluginamerica.org

About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with more than 2.4 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states. The Sierra Club’s national electric vehicles initiative advocates for a switch to EVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut oil consumption. Sierra Club is proud to have been one of the three national groups organizing National Drive Electric Week since its inception in 2011. www.sierraclub.org/EVGuide.

About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. www.electricauto.org.

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