Announced at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show was the launch of Midwest EVOLVE, a three-year project to promote electric vehicles in seven midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. A partnership between the American Lung Association and eight Clean Cities coalitions in those seven states, Midwest EVOLVE plans to host more than 200 events, including some that will allow drivers to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle.
“There’s no better way to learn about the performance and environmental advantages of electric vehicles than personal experience,” said Lew Bartfield, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest.
Goals of the program are to:
- Allow motorists to test drive a variety of locally available vehicles
- Educate consumers about vehicle charging at home, work, and at public stations
- Help people determine the best vehicles and charging options for their needs.
To learn more about Midwest EVOLVE and see a schedule of events, visit midwestevolve.org.
According to Midwest EVOLVE, the cost of plug-in hybrid and electric-car batteries is only 25 percent of what it was just five years ago, dropping from about $1000 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to $250. Since most plug-in hybrids use batteries of 4-16 kWh and most electric cars have batteries of 16-60 kWh, this represents a tremendous savings. We’ve long felt that electric vehicles would suit far more people than actually consider them, and there’s no better way to educate consumers than with focused seminars and hands-on experience.