CEC and Electric Drive 805 Coalition Spotlight Electric Vehicles for Low to Moderate Income Families During National Drive Electric Week

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Contact: Cameron Gray, CEC Transportation & Climate Programs Senior Manager 

(805) 280-9282 cgray@cecmail.org

CEC and Electric Drive 805 Coalition Spotlight Electric Vehicles for Low to Moderate Income Families During National Drive Electric Week

On Heels of Governor Newsom Executive Order, Virtual Test Drives, Bilingual Webinars, and Youth Activities Highlight Affordability, Accessibility for All Lifestyles and Budgets 

September XX, 2020 SANTA BARBARA, CA – The Community Environmental Council (CEC) and Electric Drive 805 coalition partners are proud to sponsor a variety of virtual events that help move the needle on this week’s executive order by Governor Newsom to restrict new car sales in the state to only zero-emission vehicles by 2035. The public is invited to learn about the wide range of electric vehicles (EVs) designed to fit every lifestyle and budget, with purchase prices and incentives that make driving electric more affordable than ever for low- to moderate-income households. 

People curious about electric vehicles are particularly encouraged to attend CEC’s Electric Vehicles 101 webinar on Friday, October 2 from 12-1 p.m., which is designed to provide a driver with everything they need to know to start driving electric. Learn more and register

The free, virtual events run throughout National Drive Electric Week (September 26-October 4).

Registration is required and the line up includes:

Have You Tried an E-Bike Yet?

Monday, September 28

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon, e-bike retailers and local e-bike riders to hear about their experience with e-bikes and the benefits of biking electric. Hosted by San Luis Obispo Climate Coalition with support from the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition and San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District. Learn more and register.

Evie McWheelie Photo Shoot 

Monday, September 28 – October 4

Print, color, and cut out a picture of cartoon EV Evie McWheelie and take a picture of you and your drawing alongside an EV or charging station. Post photos during National Drive Electric Week to Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance’s (VCREA) Facebook page and tag #EvieMcWheelie for a chance to win one of seven giveaways. Hosted by VCREA. Learn more.

Chevy Bolt Virtual Test Drive

Tuesday, September 29

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Bilingual Event

Take a virtual test drive with Alfano Motor Cars salesperson Jonathan Crabtree, who specializes in EVs by Chevrolet and Mercedes Benz. The second half hour will be a Spanish language version of the test drive. Hosted by San Luis Obispo Climate Coalition with support from the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition and San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District. Learn more and register.

Policies, Incentives and Technology to Promote EV Adoption

Wednesday, September 30

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Learn how government and industry are adopting policies, providing financial incentives, and rolling out new technology to make it easier and more convenient to own and operate an EV. Hosted by San Luis Obispo Climate Coalition with support from the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition and San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District. Learn more and register.

EV Driver and Dealership Meet & Greet

Wednesday, September 30

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join local EV owners and Ventura County dealership staff to learn about available EVs, chargers, driving experiences, and more. Virtually test drive and tour a new or used plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV). Hosted by EV Advocates of Ventura County and VCREA. Learn more and register.

EV Users Speak Out

Thursday, October 1

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hear from San Luis Obispo County EV users about the joys and challenges of driving electric. Open to current and future EV users. Hosted by San Luis Obispo Climate Coalition with support from the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition and San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District. Learn more and register

EV Incentives and Funding Lunch and Learn

Thursday, October 1 

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Learn what available incentives and funding exist for new and used EVs and charging stations. Hosted by Ventura County Air Pollution Control District and VCREA. Learn more and register.

CEC Webinar Series: National Drive Electric Week – Electric Vehicles 101

Friday, October 2

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

CEC’s Director of Energy and Climate Programs, Michael Chiacos, and SLO Climate Coalition’s Green Transportation Specialist Barry Rands – both EV owners and industry experts – will share information about the latest plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs), cash rebates, down payment grants, special financing, tax credits and other incentives as well as charging, driving range, and how to pair home solar with your EV for maximum savings. Hosted by CEC. Learn more and register

Virtual Test Drives

Saturday, October 3

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Experience a virtual test drive of the 2020 Nissan Leaf, 2020 Honda Clarity PHEV, 2019 Kia Niro EV, 2017 Chevy Volt, 2019 Tesla Model S, and 2015 Nissan Leaf. A different test drive is offered every hour at the top of the hour. Hosted by San Luis Obispo Climate Coalition with support from the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition and San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District. Learn more and register.

EV Movie Streaming

Schedule an EV streaming event at home with family and watch a featured EV film any day of the week. Hosted by Plug In America. Learn more.

“The annual National Drive Electric Week event continues to help raise awareness about electric vehicles so our region can help meet California’s goal for five million zero-emission vehicles on state roads by 2030 and fulfill Governor Newsom’s recent executive order to have only zero-emission new car sales by 2035,” Chiacos stated, noting that  transitioning to more efficient electric vehicles and using renewable energy to charge these vehicles are central components of CEC’s plan to move the Central Coast region away from fossil fuels in one generation. Speaking to the fact that transporting people is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in our region, he added “Driving electric and driving less are the single largest things most individuals can do to reduce their environmental impact and kick the gasoline habit.”

“Beyond our National Drive Electric Week efforts, CEC is preparing to launch bilingual outreach and education with Santa Cruz-based Ecology Action to help underserved communities learn about and access cleaner electric vehicle options across California’s Central Coast,” said CEC’s Executive Director Sigrid Wright. She went on to explain that this is part of a long-term effort to advance electric vehicle investments and policy actions that will help make electric vehicle options truly accessible for our region’s low-income families, communities of color, rural households, immigrants, and indigenous groups. 

CEC’s Electric Drive 805 partners are the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition (C5), Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, San Luis Obispo Climate Coalition, San Luis Obispo Climate Collaborative, San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, and Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance.

Facts About Electric Vehicles:

  • Plentiful incentives mean that affordable, more efficient electric vehicles are now more accessible than ever. 
  • The EV market has evolved significantly, with more than 40 vehicle models in a variety of shapes and sizes, affordable options for all income levels, longer ranges, and more public charging locations. 
  • New EVs can be purchased for the same price as a Toyota Corolla and used EVs are available for $5,000. 
  • EVs can also help homeowners save $50,000 on gas with a $6,000 investment in home solar panels. 

About the Community Environmental Council (CEC): Recognized as a 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year, CEC has worked since 1970 to incubate and innovate real life environmental solutions that directly affect the California Central Coast. Our current work advances rapid and equitable solutions to the climate crisis – including ambitious zero carbon goals, drawdown of excess carbon, and protection against the impacts of climate change. Our programs lead to clean vehicles, solar energy, resilient food systems and reduction of single-use plastic. Learn more at CECSB.org/impact and find CEC on the web at CECSB.org and on Facebook.com/CECSB, Instagram.com/CEC_SB, and Twitter.com/CECSB.

About Electric Drive 805: Electric Drive 805 (formerly Plug-in Central Coast) is a coalition of nonprofit and agency partners dedicated to achieving a rapid, equitable transition to electric vehicles. CEC coordinates and facilitates the Electric Drive 805 coalition so that partners can increase access to cleaner, more efficient electric vehicles and charging stations. We work across San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties, which all share the 805 area code. Learn more at ElectricDrive805.org and join our Facebook community at Facebook.com/groups/electricdrive805.

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