It's National Drive Electric Week

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Source: Community Environmental Council

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) and Electric Drive 805 coalition partners are proud to sponsor a variety of free, in-person and virtual events leading up to and throughout National Drive Electric Week from September 19 to October 2, 2021. The public is invited to learn about the wide range of electric vehicles (EVs) that can fit most every lifestyle and budget.

National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to help the U.S. transition rapidly and equitably to cleaner transportation that protects communities from pollution and worsening climate change impacts. Current emission and pollution statistics are behind California’s push to have five million zero-emission vehicles on the roads by 2030 and 100% zero-emission car sales by 2035.

“The most recent IPCC report states explicitly that humans are the cause for the rise in Earth’s temperature,” stated Michael Chiacos, CEC Climate and Energy Program Director, who has driven an electric car since 2012. “Transportation is the leading cause of greenhouse gas in California, so driving less and switching to electric is critical to meeting state and local climate goals – and ultimately creating a liveable climate and sustainable world.”

These events will also spread the message that electric vehicles are for everyone, regardless of income level due to increased incentives available for eligible low-to-moderate income households. “EVs can save people hundreds of dollars a month on transportation costs, especially when they can utilize local and state EV incentives,” commented Jen Hernández, CEC’s Energy & Climate Associate who recently used incentives to get her own clean vehicle. Speaking to why more people do not take advantage of the incentives, Hernández noted, “Until you start to do the research about potential savings and see EV options that are available, it is not always clear how an EV can fit your lifestyle and budget.”

Here is a current list of incentives, with additional state funding anticipated later in 2021 or early 2022:

A range of free events throughout the week highlight the many benefits – including affordability – of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They also highlight the strong growth of electric charging stations and other infrastructure that makes it easier than ever to drive electric.

Learn more about the events here.

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a-1632165399 Sep 20, 2021 12:16 PM
It's National Drive Electric Week

Range anxiety for battery electric vehicles is, for the most part, not an issue. People wring their hands about it as if they need to fill up their ICE vehicle fuel tank every night. For most trips, it just doesn't apply. For long trips, most ICE vehicles refuel after 300 miles or so. BEVs will take a bit longer to recharge, in general, than it takes to refuel, but their stops can be combined with meals and bathroom breaks. It just takes a little more planning. And in rural areas, if you're staying overnight, you can just plug into an electrical outlet, either 240v (clothes dryer type) or 110v.

sacjon Sep 20, 2021 09:31 AM
It's National Drive Electric Week

Yep, I figured..... "the tires are still oil!" "the batteries are bad!" wha wha wha.... How is this simple concept so dang difficult for people? It may not be perfect, but its WAY better than the oil-belching, air-polluting alternatives! Same with all renewable energy sources. You same people cry and moan about by products, but ignore the fact that some by products are better than ALL the deadly and destructive output products of oil and gas.

Why do you insist on waiting until a tech is 100% "perfect?" Why can't we push for things that, while not yet 100% "green," are still WAY more green than the present alternative? Stop holding the world back with your complaining.

bosco Sep 20, 2021 09:19 AM
It's National Drive Electric Week

Like everything these days EV's have become politicized. Don't let ideology fuel your opinion. The reality is Electricity is getting greener, batteries can be recycled, and technology improvements will solve other problems the anti EV crowd likes to regularly use. I replaced an aging SUV and with an older model low range EV for cheap and it's cost me practically nothing for the last 3 years (no gas, no oil change, no transmission, literally nothing). While there are still some challenges with long road trips as an around town commuter in the SB area it's practically a no brainer. The road trip issue is becoming less of an issue with the newer vehicles (and especially with Tesla and their charging network). It's not only about the environment, EV technology just purely makes sense. It's simpler, it's more efficient, it's cleaner. We've hit a tipping point, where EV technology has more pros than cons.

a-1632178346 Sep 20, 2021 03:52 PM
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Actually, worst of both worlds. All the extra maintenance headaches of an ICE vehicle, and virtually no range on battery.

Voice of Reason Sep 20, 2021 02:59 PM
It's National Drive Electric Week

I have a plug-in hybrid, best of both worlds. 30+ miles all electric, plenty for around SB most days, after that, it turns into an efficient hybrid ICE. These are a great option, an incremental step until the infrastructure can be put in place to generate (without fossil fuels), distribute, and charge EV's for the masses.

Ahchooo Sep 20, 2021 02:13 PM
It's National Drive Electric Week

I’ve toyed with the idea of buying an EV for local use, and renting a car for trips. But I’ll probably just buy a traditional internal combustion engine car (or keep my ancient one until it dies). And what about hybrids? They seem to have mixed reviews, concerning their green-ness.

bosco Sep 20, 2021 11:09 AM
It's National Drive Electric Week

I'm a big EV advocate. But if I had only one car and did a lot of trips to rural areas, I'm not sure I'd commit just yet. As I mentioned below, your best bet is a Tesla because of the charging network (especially within California). A long range will get you to SF with a short (<30 min) stop with no problem. But, if you're going off to rural areas you might be a bit more challenged and it would personally give me anxiety. It's likely doable, but it just requires a bit more planning than with a gas car. I'd say we're still 5 -10 years away from EV's comfortably replacing ICE vehicles on long rural trips, but for 95% of most people's driving needs, we're there.

a-1632157944 Sep 20, 2021 10:12 AM
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Achoo, I am an owner of an EV which can go about 275 miles on a charge. This pretty much limits its use for us as we really don't want to sit around for a good while to get a new boost. But we conveniently go to LA and back and as far as Paso Robles for weekends. Everything else is easy, such as the SY Valley or Lompoc or Ventura or just around SB. We love the car, it is incredibly cheap to operate, quick and fun. We do have an older vehicle that we use for the longer trips which are pretty rare these days.

Ahchooo Sep 20, 2021 09:25 AM
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I’m the anonymous 8:18 poster concerned about charging when on a trip. Is it still the general consensus that EVs aren’t wise for longer range? I want to be able to drive to San Francisco (for example), and small, rural areas far beyond that. It’s still not practical to get an EV, right?

Byzantium Sep 20, 2021 08:54 AM
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Limited range of EV's kept me from purchasing one too. Where is the market incentive to put in charging stations or battery swaps like the market introduced gas stations on nearly every corner; and not depend on government handouts to provide this critical link. EV users need to fund these charging stations; not the population at large. Call it the cost of doing business or cost of the psychic rewards of driving green, while saving all those other car repair bills. Then there might be a fair argument for switching to EV's. Owner pays full fare for the moral satisfaction of driving quasi green. But quite honestly, the rest of us have no interest subsidizing your inflated sense of moral superiority.

a-1632162317 Sep 20, 2021 11:25 AM
It's National Drive Electric Week

Most new electric vehicle have DC fast charging. For some it takes only1/2 an hour to charge from 5%to 85% with the most powerful chargers. DC fast charging is found in many areas and is provided by companies like Electrify America, Charge Point and Tesla.

Rinconer Sep 20, 2021 08:47 AM
It's National Drive Electric Week

As a 19th century dirty fuel oil has had a good run, maybe too good. Check out the book, “Suppressed Inventions”.

a-1632151765 Sep 20, 2021 08:29 AM
It's National Drive Electric Week

Those pushing all-electric vehicles conveniently ignore all of the environmental impact of mining the raw materials needed for the batteries, etc. And the impact of disposing of the batteries after they reach the end of their life is still unknown. The electricity to power these vehicles has to come from somewhere and the environmental impact of wind/solar has also been downplayed. Our electric infrastructure isn't designed to handle the load for all vehicles to be electric And just imagine the line up at the electric charging stations if their dream of only electric vehicles came to pass. It might be a great idea but we aren't nearly there yet.

PitMix Sep 20, 2021 09:59 AM
It's National Drive Electric Week

Less environmental impact than fossil fuel cars, right? Being alive is a negative environmental impact, so the best you can do is minimize your impact where possible.

a-1632151091 Sep 20, 2021 08:18 AM
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I’m ready to buy a new car and would like to buy electric, but I need to be able to travel throughout California. How can I be sure I’ll have a charging station when I need one?

bosco Sep 20, 2021 09:26 AM
It's National Drive Electric Week

Checkout PlugShare. It's a free app that shows you were all the charging stations are. Your best bet right now is a Tesla. You won't have an issue finding a supercharger when you need one in CA.

Mas Gaviota Sep 20, 2021 01:47 PM
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Chip, lead mining is also very dangerous for the mining and the environment. Lead acid batteries fail much much sooner than the lithium batteries in EVs. Lithium cells can be easily repurposed for power supplies, lead batteries no. Did you read the links I provided or are you too lazy?

Chip of SB Sep 20, 2021 01:40 PM
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Lead acid batteries can be recycled in an environmentally responsible way. It is also economically viable to recycle lead from batteries. The article you linked to shows photos of lead acid battery recycling done the wrong way in Africa, and it’s a terrible thing. However, if you think that’s bad you should look into cobalt mining. There is a lot of optimistic talk about how lithium batteries might be recycled, but there is no viable way to do it yet. Remember how plastic “recycling” turned out? Right now it would be cheaper to dump spent lithium batteries in the ocean than it would be to incinerate them (pyrometallurgy recycling). What do you think is likely to happen when our spent lithium batteries leave our borders?

Mas Gaviota Sep 20, 2021 12:58 PM
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More FUD from the usual suspects. ICE (all 1.5 billion of them) vehicles have nasty lead acid batteries, their recycling is very nasty:
https://e360.yale.edu/features/getting-the-lead-out-why-battery-recycling-is-a-global-health-hazard.

The lithium cells in EVs are much more suited for repurposing:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/20/electric-car-batteries-what-happens-to-them

Chip of SB Sep 20, 2021 12:43 PM
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The leading method to “recycle” EV batteries is called “pyrometallurgy.” As the name implies, this technique involves burning the batteries in high temperature incinerators. Much like the mining of the raw materials and manufacture of the batteries, this “recycling” process will likely be carried out overseas where costs are lower along with environmental standards. That’s just the disposal issue. Consider also the impact of lithium mining in South America. There is tremendous environmental contamination and communities are being deprived of their water supplies as all available water is being diverted to leaching lithium out of ore extracted from the earth. Then consider the impact of cobalt mining in central Africa. Here again the environmental contamination is widespread, uranium is released into the environment during the mining process among other things, and child and slave labor is prominently used to hold costs down.

Mas Gaviota Sep 20, 2021 11:21 AM
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The cells are removed from the battery pack and are repurposed for things like emergency power supplies for computers.

bosco Sep 20, 2021 09:23 AM
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There is technology to recycle and reclaim the materials. While still not cost efficient, it's getting there. At full scale EV use I wouldn't expect the valuable materials in the batteries to be wasted in a landfill.

Getoffmylawn Sep 19, 2021 04:32 PM
It's National Drive Electric Week

As if electric cars don't use fossil fuels to generate electricity. Every car has plastic, rubber and tires.

Mas Gaviota Sep 20, 2021 11:20 AM
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Electric vehicles still need brake pads, just not as often as an ICE. Electrics also need brake fluid changes and cooling system check ups. They still have less scheduled maintenance than an ICE and are much more efficient in turning energy in to motion.

FondofSB Sep 20, 2021 12:56 AM
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EV's are much more efficient at using energy than "ICE" cars.
Drive 10 miles with your ICE, put your hand on the hood and you'll get burned.
Guess why ? It's all the energy that ICE cars WASTE in heats !
And be very happy at your next oil change or brake pads change : none of that with an EV .

a-1632102700 Sep 19, 2021 06:51 PM
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You oilies just never figure out what the definition of "fuel" is. Such a simple word. Must be willful ignorance.

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