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Ohio EarthFest Hosts EV Ride and Drive
Ohio Ag Connection - 04/20/2017

Earth Day Coalition will give consumers a chance to test drive some of the newest electric vehicles (EVs) at EarthFest, taking place on Earth Day (April 22) at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Ohio.

The drives are a part of a new three-year partnership between the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and eight Clean Cities coalitions throughout the Midwest to demonstrate the performance and environmental benefits of EVs.

This is the first EV ride-and-drive event as a part of the seven-state project called Midwest EVOLVE, which stands for Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience. At Midwest EVOLVE events like EarthFest, consumers will get a chance to learn about the environmental benefits of EVs and the ease of charging vehicles at home, at work, or at public charging stations.

"There's no better way to learn about how cool electric vehicles are than getting behind the wheel," said Christina Yoka, Clean Cities coordinator at Earth Day Coalition. "While you and your family are having fun at EarthFest, we're giving consumers a chance to learn about electric vehicles and their outstanding performance, how they improve air quality and save fuel, and fit the needs of your driving habits."

EarthFest, held by the Earth Day Coalition, is Ohio's largest environmental education event and the longest-running Earth Day celebration in the nation. This is the 28th annual EarthFest. More than 10,000 people attend from throughout the Midwest. To get tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com.

Midwest EVOLVE launched in early 2017 with three automotive partners, Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Nissan, as well as more than 60 other partners, including Argonne National Laboratory, utilities, state agencies, municipalities, dealerships and dealer associations.

Between now and the end of 2019, more than 200 large and small Midwest EVOLVE events, including ride and drives, workplace-charging seminars, and other events, will be held at brand-neutral settings throughout the Midwest.

Earth Day Coalition (EDC) is a nonprofit environmental education and advocacy organization serving Northeast Ohio and the nation. EDC is one of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions across the country affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program. Visit EarthDayCoalition.org for more information.

Midwest EVOLVE is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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