What Are Zero Emission Day and National Drive Electric Week?

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Get ready for a green September! September 21 marks Zero Emissions Day, kicking off National Drive Electric Week running from September 22 to October 1, 2023. Let’s dive into what these events mean for current and future electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts.

Zero Emission Day

Zero Emission Day, originating in the 1980s, was the brainchild of graphic designer Ken Wallace. It all started when he strolled outside his Nova Scotia home, witnessing idling vehicles. His idea? Dedicate one day to the planet, free from fossil fuel emissions. In 2008, Wallace leveraged the internet to turn this concept into a global movement, settling on September 21 as the official date.

Joining in on Zero Emission Day is a breeze. Just follow these four simple guidelines:

  1. Say no to oil, gas, or coal.
  2. Cut down on fossil fuel-generated electricity.
  3. Ensure essential and emergency services operate as usual.
  4. Have a blast while minimizing emissions.

Electric Vehicles and Emission Reduction

Fully electric vehicles, also known as zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), don’t release any tailpipe emissions. Driving an EV means contributing to a cleaner planet without worrying about harmful emissions.

In the EV realm, there’s a concept called “well to wheel emissions.” It factors in fossil fuel emissions during the charging process. If an EV charges using renewable sources like solar or wind, there are zero associated fossil fuel emissions. However, if it’s charged using fossil fuel-generated electricity, emissions are part of the EV’s well-to-wheel profile.

In 2022, about 13.1% of the U.S.’s energy consumption came from renewable sources. The US Energy Information Administration states that renewables accounted for approximately 21.5% of total utility-scale electricity generation.

To know your region’s electricity mix, use the US Environmental Protection Agency Power Profiler by entering your zip code. The US Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center also offers a tool comparing EV and internal combustion engine (ICE) emissions on a national or state level.

Remember, even with zero tailpipe emissions, your EV’s charging process may still generate well-to-wheel emissions. So, to fully embrace Zero Emissions Day, consider minimizing your vehicle’s charging and electricity usage. Stay tuned for more on National Drive Electric Week!

National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) 2023

Get ready for a week-and-a-half jolt of electric enthusiasm! National Drive Electric Week charges up from September 22 to October 1, 2023. This nationwide celebration is all about spreading the word on the perks of electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids.

Back in 2011, Zan Dubin-Scott, co-founder of Plug In America, and EV aficionado Jeff U’Ren had a lightbulb moment. They thought, “Why not organize a bunch of events across the country to shout about the benefits of going electric?” And that’s how National Plug In Day revved its engines on October 16, 2011. Fast forward to 2014, and it expanded into a whole week, evolving into the National Drive Electric Week we know today.

This isn’t just a local affair; it’s a coast-to-coast celebration with events everywhere, plus some happening in the virtual realm. Joining in is a breeze—attend, volunteer, or sponsor. It’s your ticket to an electrifying experience.

For those on the fence about switching to an EV, NDEW has you covered:

  1. Chat with Real EV Owners: Get the lowdown from those who’ve already made the switch.
  2. Attend Events: Whether it’s in-person or online, there’s a spot for you.
  3. Catch an EV Parade: Because who doesn’t love a parade?
  4. Virtual Test Drives: Experience the future from the comfort of your couch.

Still not convinced? Check out these perks listed on the National Drive Electric Week website:

  1. Instant Torque: Zoom onto the freeway with zero to sixty in a blink.
  2. Budget-Friendly Driving: Cruise for just $1.24 per eGallon (US Average).
  3. Top-Notch Tech: Enjoy lane tracking, emergency braking, and over-the-air updates.
  4. Low Maintenance: Spend less on upkeep compared to traditional rides.
  5. Safety First: EVs are ten times less likely to catch fire than their gas-guzzling counterparts.
  6. Eco-Friendly Drive: Better for the environment, even considering manufacturing emissions and coal plant electricity.

Making the switch is not only smart but now it’s pocket-friendly, thanks to federal incentives:

  • Up to $7,500 for new EVs.
  • Up to $4,000 for used EVs purchased in 2023 or later.
  • Up to $40,000 for businesses grabbing a fleet of EVs.
  • Up to $100,000 for businesses decking out their spots with EV charging stations.

Don’t forget to peek at state and municipal rebates on Anfu’s handy tools.

As for events, here’s a sneak peek at where you can meet a Anfu Charging representative:

  • Bay Area Chapter – Drive Electric Alabama – National Drive Electric Week EVent, Mobile, AL
  • EV in DC, Washington, DC
  • FVEAA’s Drive Electric Week EVent – Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee, IL
  • Drive Electric West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL
  • EV Festival, Atlanta, GA
  • Drive Electric Poolesville Day Event, Poolesville, MD
  • 2023 National Drive Electric Week: Nashville, Nashville, TN

Plug in, power up, and let’s roll into the electric future together!

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