Drive Electric Earth Day
Drive Electric Alabama Earth Day-Bay Area EVent
Apr 22, 2023
||Saturday, April 22, 2023 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT
||Mobile Japanese Gardens
Across from Langan Park
700 Forest Hill Drive
Local chapters of Drive Electric Alabama showcased electric vehicles (EVs) in Birmingham, Mobile and Fort Payne on Saturday, the latest EVents designed to help educate Alabamians, and answer their questions, about EVs.
As EVs become more prevalent on Alabama highways, it’s inevitable that those who have only
driven gasoline-powered cars have questions about range, cost savings on fuel and maintenance, and other topics unique to EVs.
At each of Saturday’s three EV showcases, electric vehicle owners talked one-on-one with visitors and shared their personal experiences.
“Electric vehicles are still new to so many people, and it’s always rewarding to help people
separate fact from fiction,” said Dale Holden, a leader of the Bay Area Drive Electric Alabama
chapter for EV owners and enthusiasts. “EV owners save money and often find they sacrifice
nothing when it comes to convenience, safety or performance.”
The EVents in Alabama were part of the national Drive Electric Earth Day initiative, which is
designed to share information about all topics related to driving electric.
Local chapters of Drive Electric Alabama also sponsored inaugural Drive Electric Earth Day
showcases in Prattville and Enterprise earlier this month.
Virtually every major automobile manufacturer has announced plans to expand its EV fleets,
which is why fully electric pick-up trucks, sedans, SUVs and sports cars are becoming more
prevalent on Alabama roads. Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai are building EVs right here in Alabama.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) has awarded grants
totaling $4.1 million in 2021 and another $2.45 million in 2022 to build EV charging stations
throughout the state. Applications for this year’s $1.2 million program recently opened, with a
May 22 application deadline.
“People want to know more about EVs, and that’s understandable about any new technology,”
said Michael Staley, president of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, which helped coordinate the EVents. “The truth is most Alabamians have not yet had a chance to ride in an EV and don’t know much about their many benefits. EV owners are the best source for getting honest, candid information, and that’s the real power of these EVents around the state.”
photo by: Dale Holden
Earth Day Event at Mobile's Japanese Gardens
“Many people still have questions about EVs, and the people who own and drive them have the answers,” said Mark Bentley, Executive Director of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, one of the event’s organizers. “This is an easy way to learn more about EVs, which give off zero emissions, are economical to drive and contribute to the creation of high-paying jobs in our very important automobile industry here in Alabama.”
EV owners will be on hand to answer questions about their vehicles’ comfort, range, price, low maintenance costs and more at Saturday’s Drive Electric Alabama - Earth Day Electric Vehicle Showcase at The Mobile Japanese Gardens on April 22 from 10am to 2pm.
Join the Drive Electric Alabama - Bay Area Chapter team of EV owners and kick the tires on the many makes and models of EVs that will be showcased.
There are currently 11 attendees registered.
Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend
|Hyundai KONA Electric
|Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
|Tesla Model S
|Tesla Model X
Registered attendees report 177,773 electric miles driven.