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Electric cars will be available to test drive.

On September 17, there will be a National Drive Electric Week event in Colorado Springs.

As Rachel Riley writes for The Gazette, the event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Chapel Hills Mall Parking Lot at 1710 Briargate Blvd. in Colorado Springs.

The Colorado Springs event is one of nine such events being held in Colorado, in what Drive Electric is calling a national celebration to inform people about the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, and how widely available they are.

Events Across Colorado

The other Colorado events include:

The Colorado Springs event is being presented by The Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition and is co-sponsored by the American Lung Association. There will be many electric vehicle models that people can see and test drive with experienced owners, who will be available to talk about the benefits of electric and part-electric vehicles. If you attend any of the Colorado events and fill out a short survey, you will have a chance to win $100.

Test Driving Electric Cars

National Drive Electric WeekFor each event location, the Drive Electric Week website lists how many people are registered to attend and which plug-in vehicles are expected to be there. The site also lists the total of electric miles that registered attendees report having driven.

For the Colorado Springs event, as of Thursday afternoon, there were 20 people who had registered, and who have driven collectively 163,656 electric miles. The vehicles that are expected at this event include four Tesla Model S cars, two Nissan LEAFs, one EV Conversion, one Ford Focus Electric, one Smart fortwo electric drive, one Tesla Model X, and 10 additional vehicles. Last year’s Colorado Springs event drew more than 50 people, who got to see and test-drive 16 registered electric vehicles.

Events Across America

You can see an interactive map of all of the events being held across the U.S. To get more information about any event, click on its pin. National Drive Electric Week is presented by Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association.

National Plug in Day began in 2011 as a one-day event. It has expanded to a week-long event. Each local event is led by local electric and/or hybrid vehicle drivers and advocates. Events often include such things as EV parades, ride-and-drives, electric tailgate parties, press conferences, award ceremonies, and information booths.

Interest in Electric Vehicles on the Rise

The 2011 day featured events in 29 cities across the country. The number of events more than doubled in 2012 to 65. In 2013, there were 98 gatherings, with more than 36,000 people attending. The 2014 grew to 152 events in 150 cities in 39 states, and also events in Italy, Canada, and The Netherlands, with more than 90,000 people participating.

During National Drive Electric Week, the United States will exceed the milestone of 500,000 plug-in electric cars sold, according to event organizers. The first modern plug-in cars — the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt — went on sale in 2010, and there are now more than two dozen such models are available.

In a statement, Sierra Club’s Electric Vehicle Initiative Director Gina Coplon-Newfield said:

National Drive Electric Week provides consumers, media and policymakers the perfect opportunity to understand why half a million drivers in the U.S. have made the switch to electric — electric vehicles are better for our climate, save consumers money and are fun and convenient to drive.

The following map makes it easy to find a public charging station near you:

Find an EV Charging Station

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