The Benefits of Driving Electric Vehicles Come to the National Drive Electric Week Event in Maui | Maui Now

Mayor Victorino checks out one of the electric vehicles on display. File photo.

Electric vehicle drivers, supporters and intrigued local residents are encouraged to attend the Mau Nui EV Association and EV Maui electric vehicle event on Saturday, September 24, to highlight the benefits of climate, air pure and cost savings provided by electric cars as part of the 11eAnnual National Electric Driving Week.

Hawaiian Electric and EV dealers will be on hand to share information. The first 100 guests will receive a $10 gift card, which can be redeemed at Down to Earth, Alive & Well and Whole Foods Market for a smoothie or juice. The gift card is not redeemable for its cash value.

The 11the The annual National Drive Electric Week, a pan-Canadian celebration of electric vehicles (EVs), will be held from September 22 to October 2.

National Drive Electric Week event on Maui

“Switching to electric vehicles frees Americans from the gas pump and reduces air pollution; Plus, these cars are incredibly fun, efficient and convenient to drive,” said Rob Weltman, president of the Maui Nui EV Association. “The Wailuku, HI Drive Electric Week event will show our community how real people are enjoying these cars without the need for oil.”


There are now more than 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road in the United States, and a recent survey by Consumer Reports and the Union of Concerned Scientists showed that more than 60% of potential car buyers in the United States States are interested in electric vehicles. There are now over 40 models available in the United States, with most of the newer models having a range of 200 to 300 miles or more.

“We are thrilled to be part of this national event to raise awareness of electric vehicles and share the benefits,” said Rob Weltman, president of the Maui Nui EV Association. “Electric vehicles keep getting better. For example: EVs are fun to drive. They’re smooth and quiet, and their high torque – even at low speeds – provides instant throttle response, as well as better performance.

National Drive Electric Week event on Maui

Several other advantages for electric vehicles are:

  • Momentum. Electric vehicles sell better from the start than the first hybrids. Over one million plug-in vehicles have been sold, and the pace is accelerating as more cars hit the market.
  • Easier and cheaper fuel. Electricity for electric vehicles is much cheaper than gasoline. It’s much more convenient to just plug in on the way home than to stop at a gas station to fill up on gas.
  • Cheaper maintenance. The maintenance of electric vehicles costs much less than that of gasoline vehicles. Electric vehicles require no oil changes and have fewer moving parts than a gas-powered car. There is no engine, transmission, spark plugs, valves, fuel tank, exhaust pipe, distributor, starter, clutch, muffler or catalytic converter.
  • In 2019, Americans used about 142 billion gallons of motor gasoline according to the US Energy Information Administration. Light-duty vehicles (cars, SUVs, and small trucks) account for approximately 92% of all gasoline consumption in the United States.
  • The shift to plug-in electric vehicles is one of the most important steps in reducing America’s dependence on oil and reducing air pollution.

Maui Nui EV Association and EV Maui, with support from Maui County and the Maui County Office of Economic Development, are hosting the Maui event.


NDEW is presented by national organizers Plug In America, the Electric Auto Association, the Sierra Club and EVHybridNoire. Nissan LEAF® is the Exclusive Automotive Sponsor of NDEW 2021 and Wells Fargo is the Exclusive Banking Sponsor of NDEW 2021. ClipperCreek and Electrify America are Silver Level Sponsors. Edison International and Enel X are bronze level sponsors. IBEW 11 is a green tier sponsor.

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September 24: Electrify America sponsors the National Drive Electric Week event in Kahului, HI

Electrify America today announced that “Normal Now,” its neutral zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) education and awareness campaign, is sponsoring select Ride and Drive events nationwide during National Drive Electric Week (23 September – October 2, 2022) for the fourth consecutive year. Through its funding of programs dedicated to EV awareness and education, the “Normal Now” campaign supports a total of 30 events across the country.


The 11the The annual National Drive Electric Week is a national celebration aimed at raising awareness of the many benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid transportation. At Ride and Drive events, which are available in-person and online this year, attendees will be able to experience an electric vehicle (EV), speak with local EV drivers and learn about the benefits of going electric. electric.

“Electric transportation isn’t just the future — it’s here now,” said Misti Murphey, director of brand strategy and integrated marketing, Electrify America. “Electrify America is proud to be working with National Drive Electric Week again to help people become informed and excited about transitioning to an electric transportation lifestyle.”

The 30 events sponsored by Electrify America’s brand-neutral “Normal Now” campaign include 6 events in California and 24 events across the United States in states including Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana , Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin.

“Interest in electric vehicles continues to grow year after year, and the best way to learn more is to experience the life of electric vehicles for yourself,” said Joel Levin, executive director of Plug In America, an organizer of National Drive Electric Week. “Our National Drive Electric Week events are an important way to further standardize electric vehicles, and we are grateful to Electrify America for its four years of support for our mission.”

As part of its investment in ZEV education and awareness, Electrify America – the largest open DC fast-charging network in the United States – launched the “Normal Now” campaign in 2019 to help showcase electric vehicles consumers who may not know or have never considered going electric. To learn more about the Normal Now campaign and access additional information and resources, visit

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