National Drive Electric Week:National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 15 – 21, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric driving. The nationwide event was started in 2011 with the idea to hold simultaneous electric vehicle events across the country. For more information, visit:

This year’s Raleigh event is being planned by Advanced Energy, with assistance from local organizations and dealerships. The vehicle showcase and test drive will be held at North Hills Commons on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in celebration of National Drive Electric Week. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about electric vehicles, take a look at the cars and go on test drives. Additional booths will be set up by local organizations to provide information on electric vehicles and the efforts taking place across the state to help increase vehicle adoption. People of all ages are encouraged to attend the event, but you must have a valid driver’s license to test drive a vehicle.

 Raleigh Event Details:When: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Where: North Hills – The Commons (in front of Regal Cinemas) 4150 Main At North Hills St, Raleigh, NCWhat: Electric vehicle showcase including car displays, test drive opportunities and informational boothsWho:* Local electric vehicle owners – please bring your car to meet up with other EV owners and talk to visitors about your driving experience* Local dealerships – six dealerships will be bringing vehicles to display or provide test drives. These dealerships include Bobby Murray Chevrolet, Capital Ford, Leith BMW, Leith Nissan, Smart Center Cary, Tesla Motors and Thompson Cadillac* Local organizations – Advanced Energy, NC Clean Energy Technology Center, Schneider Electric, NC GreenPower, NC State Advanced Transportation Energy Center and FREEDM Systems Center, NC Air Awareness, Allister at North Hills, City of Raleigh

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