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Drive Electric Week to educate the community about the electric vehicle industry


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – The spotlight is on electric cars as drivers prepare to rev their engines for the 2nd annual “Drive Electric Week” between Monday, July 25 and Friday, July 29.

The Region 1 Planning Board and ComEd will host several in-person and virtual events for residents to learn about electric vehicles and address their concerns for the second week of electric driving.

Sales of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles nearly doubled between 2020 and 2021 according to energy.gov. With the uncertainty over gasoline prices, organizers say electric vehicles offer several benefits that most normal cars may not like—lower fuel costs, better fuel economy and enhanced energy security.

“A lot of people see the high upfront cost of electric vehicles, but there are a lot of long-term savings owners can get out of it,” says Sydney Turner, regional planning director at R1.

It’s also part of the Rockford Mass Transit District’s plan to have a zero-emissions fleet by 2030.

“The more people who are able to take the bus by switching to all electric buses, the more we are reducing that even more by incentivizing people to switch to buses perhaps as their primary mode or reducing this overall,” explains Turner.

“It’s not often you’ll see communities fully supporting something around the world. So we’re all rowing in the same direction,” says George Gaulrapp, director of external affairs at ComEd. “Rockford has been a leader for a while. They hosted Greentown last October which was really cool and there was a lot of incentive there. We are ready to move forward with Rockford, Illinois.

There is also a strong future for electric vehicles after President Biden passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, investing millions in areas such as electric vehicle infrastructure, including charging stations. charging.

Turner says one of the most common concerns about electric vehicles is range anxiety, which occurs when drivers worry they won’t get to their destination on a certain charge.

A full schedule of events can be found here.

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