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Electric Vehicle Project Charges Ahead in Midwest, Gives Consumers a Chance to Test Drive EVs

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

SAINT PAUL, Minn., Jan. 31, 2019 – More than 90,000 people have participated in the American Lung Association’s Midwest EVOLVE project, a seven-state program launched two years ago to promote the performance and clean-air advantages of electric vehicles.

Midwest EVOLVE and its partners have held or participated in more than 190 events across the Midwest with just over 4,500 test drives completed over the past two years. The project is a collaborative effort between the American Lung Association and Clean Cities coalitions in seven Midwestern states. Dozens of electric vehicle events are planned for this year.

“Consumers have so many preconceptions about electric vehicles,” said Lisa Thurstin, coordinator of the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition, which oversees Midwest EVOLVE. “This is especially true in the Midwest, where EVs aren’t as heavily promoted as they are in other parts of the U.S.

“At Midwest EVOLVE events, we get people behind the wheel for test drives,” Thurstin said. “That usually changes people’s perceptions. They realize that electric vehicles have outstanding performance and are better for the environment, clean-air, and lung health.”

According to Thurstin, Midwest EVOLVE’s data shows that more than 20 percent of consumers who attend an electric vehicle ride and drive hosted by one of the projects’ partners purchases a plug-in electric or hybrid-electric vehicle within six months.

As a part of the program, electric vehicles are showcased at community events, auto shows, workplace-charging seminars, and ride-and-drives in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The events help to educate consumers about finding a vehicle that fits their needs and provide information about the ease of charging vehicles at home, at work, or at public charging stations.

“So far, thousands of people have received a chance to take test-drives of EVs at our Midwest EVOLVE events,” said Thurstin, who assembled the team of Clean Cities coalitions that have been partnering on the EVOLVE project for more than two years.

“We have many more events planned for 2019, including test-drives at upcoming auto shows,” Thurstin added. “The recent debuts of several vehicles with outstanding performance also makes this a compelling time to drive electric, so make sure to visit our website for details about events we’re hosting this year.”

Midwest EVOLVE, which stands for Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience, has more than 60 partners, including Argonne National Laboratory, PlugInConnect, automakers, utilities, state agencies, municipalities, dealerships, and dealer associations.

Clean Cities coalitions working together on the program include: Chicago Area Clean Cities, Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities, North Dakota Clean Cities, Twin Cities Clean Cities, South Shore Clean Cities, and Wisconsin Clean Cities.

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.




Chicago Area Clean Cities Elects Leaders in Clean Air, Clean Vehicles to its Board

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

CHICAGO, Ill., Jan. 22, 2019 – Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) today announced the election of representatives from the American Lung Association, Nissan, Cummins, Inc., Exelon Corporation, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County to its executive board.

New CACC board members include:

  • Angela Tin, national senior director, Clean Air Initiatives, American Lung Association
  • Cynthia Maves, electric vehicle fleet business development manager, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Regions, Nissan North America
  • Matthew Carr, general manager, Branch Sales, Cummins, Inc.
  • Erica Tsypin, co-founder, Mobility, Exelorate Growth, Exelon Corporation
  • Tom Thompson, fleet manager, Forest Preserve District of Cook County

“We are thrilled to welcome Angela, Cynthia, Matt, Erica, and Tom to our executive board,” said John Walton, chair, Chicago Area Clean Cities. “As ambassadors for sustainability and clean air, each of them has been very active in our coalition for a number of years. They’ve helped our member fleets to make a positive impact on the environment in the Chicago area.”

Prior to the election of new board members, Tony Lindsay of the Gas Technology Institute and Rich Moore of General Motors stepped down from their long-time board positions due to professional transitions.

“Tony and Rich have served our coalition with honor and distinction for many years,” Walton said. “In fact, Tony has been a member of the board since the coalition’s founding 25 years ago in 1994. Without Tony and Rich, our coalition wouldn’t be the success it is today.”

Lindsay and Moore will continue working with CACC as board member emeritus, along with Doug Dittrich. Moore and Dittrich recently retired from General Motors after distinguished careers in fleet operations and had worked with CACC as board members for many years.

Other members of the coalition’s board include:

  • Chair: John W. Walton, principal consultant, Advance Fueling Consultants
  • Secretary: Marcy Rood, environmental transportation analyst, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Treasurer: Samantha Bingham, clean transportation program director, Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Les Faul, operations manager, Fleet Services, ComEd
  • Chris Lyon, director of fleet relations, NTEA
  • John Schwab, CEO, Dual Fuel Systems, Inc.

CACC’s steering committee includes:

  • Tim Milburn, partner, Green Ways 2Go
  • Marc Rowe, senior manager, business development, Trillium
  • Ted Barnes, director, research and development, Gas Technology Institute
  • Lynn Stafford, vice president of business development, STAG USA
  • Bob Wisz, president, CNG Calumet and former owner of Doreen’s Pizza

Chicago Area Clean Cities, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is a nonprofit coalition focused on promoting clean transportation in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

“Over the past 25 years, our team has supported local actions to improve the environmental performance and efficiency of public and private fleets in the six-county Chicago metro area,” Walton said. “Our member fleets have reduced hundreds of millions of gallons of petroleum and millions of tons in greenhouse-gas emissions. Through Drive Clean Chicago and other grant programs, we’ve worked to help distribute millions in grant funding for clean vehicles and alternative-fuel stations. Proudly, we also have helped many fleets convert to the use of cleaner, more sustainable alternative fuels and clean-vehicle technologies.”

CACC’s membership is comprised of federal, state and local governments, 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.

CACC is one of more than 90 coalitions across the country 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 region, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. CACC also is a partner in Midwest EVOLVE, a seven-state project to educate consumers about the advantages of plug-in electric vehicles.

Chicago Area Clean Cities hosts its Annual Meeting, Green Fleet Leadership Awards, and 25th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration at the Chicago Auto Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12. To learn more, visit


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