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Dozens of Ride & Drives Hosted in Midwest during National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 8-16

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

CHICAGO, Aug. 30, 2018 – The American Lung Association’s seven-state Midwest EVOLVE project is serving as a catalyst to get people behind the wheel of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles during National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 8-16.

The program, called Midwest EVOLVE, emphasizes the clean-air benefits, cost savings, and fun of plug-in electric cars. The vehicles are being showcased in seven Midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

Nearly three dozen National Drive Electric Week events are being held in states that are part of Midwest EVOLVE – which stands for Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience – a partnership between the American Lung Association and Clean Cities coalitions throughout the Midwest to demonstrate the performance and environmental benefits of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles.

At Midwest EVOLVE events, consumers, government officials, fleet administrators, and dealership personnel have an opportunity to learn about the advantages of electric and hybrid vehicles, and the ease of charging vehicles at home, at work, or at public charging stations.

“Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, due to the large number of models available, their extended range, decrease in cost, and more charging stations,” said Lisa Thurstin, coordinator of the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition, who oversees Midwest EVOLVE. “There’s no better way to experience the performance and clean-air advantages of electric vehicles than to get behind the wheel and experience them for yourself.”

As a part of Midwest EVOLVE, the American Lung Association and the Clean Cities coalitions in seven Midwestern states are hosting events to educate consumers about electric vehicles. Events include ride and drives, workplace-charging seminars, and other events, at brand-neutral settings throughout the Midwest.

During National Drive Electric Week, dozens of events are being held in the Midwest, including:

“The Midwest is often overlooked as a market for electric vehicles,” Thurstin said. “Sometimes new EVs are first available in California or New York, so as a consumer you have to be vocal that you want the latest and greatest technology to be available at a dealer near you.

“Our Clean Cities partners throughout the Midwest are working with automakers and local dealerships to line up vehicles for test drives, to make sure that consumers in the Midwest get a chance learn about their advantages and figure out what best fits their needs,” Thurstin said.

Midwest EVOLVE launched in early 2017 with more than 60 partners, including Argonne National Laboratory, PlugInConnect, automakers, utilities, state agencies, municipalities, dealerships, and dealer associations. Midwest EVOLVE has had approximately 75,000 people attend more than 100 events since the program began.

Overall, more than 250 National Drive Electric Week events are taking place this year throughout the U.S. Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association team up with local groups to organize events. For a complete list of National Drive Electric Week events, visit

The Midwest EVOLVE project is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE-EE0007743. To learn more or locate Midwest EVOLVE events, visit or follow EVOLVE via TwitterFacebook or LinkedIn.

Clean Cities Hosts Clean Air Golf Outing, Clean Vehicle Seminar Highlighting Telematics

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2018 – The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition hosts its 18th annual Clean Air Golf Outing on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Maple Meadows Golf Club, 272 S. Addison Road in Wood Dale.

The day will kick off with a free Clean Vehicles Seminar on how to “Reduce Vehicle Emissions via Telematics and Connected Vehicles,” followed by an afternoon of golf and dinner.

Speakers from the following companies will discuss the advantages of telematics:

“Telematics and connected vehicles are a hot topic with fleets and for good reason,” said John Walton, chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “As they say, ‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.’ By using a telematics system on your vehicles, you can save fuel and time, and reduce your environmental footprint while improving the fleets’ productivity. The right system helps you to cut costs.

“We’ll have experts available at the seminar and golf outing who will teach you to use telematics to more effectively manage your fleet,” Walton said. “We’ve been hosting our golf outing for nearly 20 years, and we have people join us from throughout the Chicago area who are experts at technological solutions that help fleets realize a fast return on investment, while also improving air quality and saving fuel.”

Chicago Area Clean Cities is a voluntary coalition whose mission over the last 24 years has been to support local actions to improve the environmental performance and efficiency in the transportation sector in the six-county Chicago metro area. CACC’s membership is comprised of federal, state and local governments, commercial fleets, auto manufacturers, dealerships, environmental organizations, corporations, small businesses, and individuals. These stakeholders come together to share information and resources, educate the public, help craft public policy, and collaborate on projects that reduce petroleum use.

In 2017, Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition member fleets displaced 20 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) of petroleum and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 178,000 metric tons.

To register for seminar and golf outing, visit The deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 31.

About Chicago Area Clean Cities

Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting clean transportation in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. CACC is one of more than 90 coalitions across the country that are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, which brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced-vehicle technologies, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy and air quality. The coalition concentrates its efforts on educating businesses and municipalities in the six-county Chicago area, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. To become involved or learn more about the coalition visit