Celebrate National Drive Electric Week Oct. 1 in Fort Worth

 Come learn about and test drive EVS in a fun, low-pressure environment
Brian Wilson

Arlington, TEXAS -- If you have ever wanted to know what it feels like to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle, your chance to drive one – or several – is fast approaching.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition (DFWCC) will host the region’s annual celebration of National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) beginning at 2 pm. Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Tanger Outlets in Fort Worth.

The outdoor mall has plenty of parking and will offer attendees ample space to experience various makes, models, and price points of electric vehicles. Additionally, the NDEW celebration will offer “ride and drive” opportunities for those who want to take one of these vehicles for a spin.

The region’s National Drive Electric Week event, which is returning to Tarrant County after being held at Dallas City Hall last year, is one of hundreds taking place across the nation during the nationwide celebration, which began Sept 22. The purpose of these events is to inform, educate and normalize the use of electric vehicles.

Enjoy food, play games, and engage with community members and industry professionals involved with sustainability, electric vehicles, and more to get important questions answered in a low-stress environment. Owners of electric vehicles are encouraged to register to display their vehicles and speak with community members about their experience owning and operating an electric vehicle.

Electric vehicles continue to grow in popularity throughout North Texas, as the region is now home to more than 80,000 EVs, according to DFWCC’s electric vehicle registration data, available at www.dfwcleancities.org/evsinnorthtexas. Efforts are underway to add more charging stations throughout Texas to support electric vehicle adoption and enable their travel across the state. The Texas Department of Transportation has received $408 million in funding from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program to implement the Texas EV Charging Plan, which will build charging stations across the state. For more information on the Texas EV Charging Plan, go to https://txdot.mysocialpinpoint.com/tx_ev_plan.

To learn more about the Dallas-Fort Worth National Drive Electric Week event, EVs in the region, and to register, visit www.driveelectricdfw.org. Space will be limited for those interested in displaying their vehicles, so make sure to sign up if you want to be part of the festivities.
Event Details                      
2-5 pm Sunday, Oct. 1
Tanger Outlets
15853 North Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76177

About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.

NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including 16 counties, 169 cities, 19 school districts, and 27 special districts. For more information on the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.

About the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition:
In 1995, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Clean Cities became one of the first Clean Cities coalitions under the Energy Policy Act’s provision for an organization that promotes the use of alternative fuels to lessen America’s dependence on foreign sources of petroleum. Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities is a locally based, public/private partnership that seeks to advance energy security, protect environmental and public health, and stimulate economic development by promoting practices and decisions to reduce transportation energy impacts and improve air quality, primarily in the transportation sector.