If you are in the San Francisco Bay area this weekend and interested in learning more about electric car models available in California, stop by Pier 27 at the Embarcadero on San Francisco’s waterfront. There you will find the 5th annual Charge Across Town exhibition where you can take test drives in a variety of electric cars including the latest fuel cell powered cars. There will also be information about EV charging solutions, electric bicycles, and electric motorcycles. The event is part of EV Week, a statewide effort to promote electric cars and zero emissions driving.
Charge Across Town has a mission to help keep harmful pollutants out of the skies over California by encouraging people to drive zero emissions vehicles. A big part of that mission is educating consumers about the choices they have when it comes to selecting a low or zero emissions car, explaining the federal, state, and local incentives available, and helping folks understand how to charge an electric car at home and at work. The organization also works to promote renewable energy solutions such as residential solar power.
Since it began in 2012, Charge Across Town has grown into a statewide program promoting electric vehicle adoption from Bakersfield to Ukiah with ride and drives, clean energy expos, and educational presentations. Its corporate sponsors now include Pacific Gas & Electric and Envision Solar, as well as car companies such as Honda, Kia, and Nissan.
“We’re so pleased with the progress we’ve made over the past five years,” said Charge Across Town founder Maureen Blanc. “The Bay Area has become the electric vehicle capital of the nation but we still have a long way to go.” When Charge Across Town began in 2012, there were only 35,000 electric vehicles were on the road in Americca. Today there are 425,000 EVs on the road and 46% of them — about 216,000 — are in California.
Come to Pier 27 at the Embarcadero this weekend to join in the fun or go online to Charge Across Town’s website for local events in your area.