For Immediate Release: Contact:
Monica Coffey or Amy
September 11, 2015 (609) 272-6950
Atlantic City Electric, CRDA, South Jersey
Transportation Authority help highlight the role of EVs in reducing dependence on fossil fuels
WHAT: Agencies from across southern New Jersey, electric vehicle
drivers and enthusiasts will gather at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority
Wastewater Treatment Facility/Wind Farm on Tuesday, September 15, at 12 pm to highlight the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of
electric cars. The event is part of the fifth annual National Drive Electric
ACUA’s facility is home to two charging stations powered by
renewable energy – solar and wind power. ACUA will showcase its electric
vehicle fleet, which includes a Nissan leaf, Prius and hybrid Ford Escapes. The
infrastructure needed to make this fleet possible and the need to increase
electric vehicle charging stations in our area will also be discussed.
In addition to ACUA’s fleet, the local electricity provider,
Atlantic City Electric, will be onsite to display their fleet of electric
vehicles and discuss their experience. Admiral Nissan dealership will also be
attending with an all-electric Leaf, and several local residents will be there
to show off their EVs, which includes a BMW and Tesla.
The Atlantic County event is one of
more than 100 across the country where electric vehicle owners and their neighbors
will hold electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, recognition of leaders
promoting EVs, launches of new public EV charging stations and other public
WHEN: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Wastewater Treatment Facility/wind farm located at 1801 Absecon Blvd. in
Atlantic City, NJ.
WHO: Participating agencies include Atlantic City Electric, South Jersey Transportation
Authority, Casino Redevelopment Authority, Admiral Nissan and local electric
VISUALS: In addition to
the wide variety of electric vehicles that will be on display for the public to
learn about, Atlantic City Electric, South Jersey Transportation and ACUA
representatives will talk about how they are helping to encourage the
infrastructure for electric vehicles.
a complete list of National Drive Electric Week events, visit: https://driveelectricweek.org/
About Plug In America: Plug
In America, a San Francisco-based national nonprofit organization, works to
accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic
electricity to reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum and improve the
global environment. The organization conceived National Drive Electric
Week and has advanced workplace charging by pioneering regular ride-and-drive
events at such leading corporations as Google, Mattel and Paramount Pictures.
It developed the world’s largest, most dedicated network of plug-in vehicle
owners and drivers, many of whom have driven EVs for well over a
decade. We drive electric. You can, too. www.pluginamerica.org.
About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit
educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the
advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. www.electricauto.org.
Electric Vehicle Facts:
- Electric vehicles are fun to drive. They are smooth
and quiet, and their high torque – even at low speeds – provides instant
accelerator response, and also better performance in snow.
- They have momentum! Electric vehicles are selling better out of
the gate than the first hybrids did. Well over 300,000 plug-in vehicles
have been sold, and the rate is accelerating as more cars come to the
- These cars are easier and cheaper to fuel. Electricity for
EVs costs much less than gasoline. Driving on electricity is about five
times cheaper than fueling with gasoline. It is much more convenient to
simply plug in when you arrive home than to stop by a gas station to fill
your gas tank.
- EVs are cheaper to maintain. Maintenance for EVs costs much less than for
gasoline vehicles. EVs require no oil changes and have 10 times fewer
moving parts than a gasoline-powered car. There's no engine, transmission,
spark plugs, valves, fuel tank, tailpipe, distributor, starter, clutch,
muffler, or catalytic converter.
- Each year in the US we burn roughly 121 billion gallons of oil in our passenger
cars and trucks.
- Switching to plug-in electric vehicles is one of the biggest steps we
can take to reduce America's dependence on oil and cut dangerous air
- A switch to EVs will make for a more stable and secure United States. We need to
stop feeding our oil addiction by sending nearly $1 billion overseas each
day, often to governments unfriendly to US policies.
- Electric and hybrid vehicles are creating good American jobs. We are
building advanced technology vehicles and components in at least 20
states, creating thousands of new, good jobs. (See the Sierra
- Electric Vehicles cut the dangerous air pollution that comes from
conventional vehicles. The transportation sector in the United
States is responsible for nearly a third of our nation's carbon pollution.
The cars and light trucks on the road today account for about 20 percent
of US carbon dioxide emissions. All-electric vehicles have no tail pipe
emissions and, even taking into account the emissions from the electricity
produced to charge EVs, these vehicles on average emit significantly less
CO2 than conventional vehicles. And that's today; as we clean up the
electric grid, EVs get even cleaner over time. Of course, charging EVs
based on electricity that comes from solar and wind power is the cleanest
way to power the vehicles.