REMC Invites Public to Drive Electric Week Event at North Carolina Zoo
ASHEBORO, NC – On Friday, September 29, from 9 am to noon at the North Carolina Zoo, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation will sponsor a public education event showcasing electric vehicles (EVs). This outdoor event, planned during National Drive Electric Week, draws attention to the positive aspects of driving all-electric and plug-in hybrid automobiles.
Honorary speakers will welcome the crowd at 10 am. Vehicles from various automobile dealerships, an electric school bus and EV chargers will be on display for REMC members and guests of the Zoo. The first 100 participants will receive a free gift.
More of our members are asking about the benefits of EV ownership,” said REMC’s Director of Innovative Energy Solutions Michael Trent. “Randolph Electric is dedicated to educating our members about how to power your home, your life and your vehicle.”
At the event, representatives from Randolph EMC will describe how they work with EV owners to evaluate their vehicles’ impact on the electric grid. The REMC Electric Vehicle Utility Program (REVUP) offers members of the cooperative a $500 rebate on a level 2 EV charger for their home. REMC also provides special time-of-use rates that encourages them to charge during off-peak hours when energy is less expensive.
It’s exciting to be part of Drive Electric celebration this year,” said Zoo Director and CEO Pat Simmons. “We welcome the opportunity to introduce our green fleet to visitors and to reinforce our commitment to sustainable practices that reduce our impact on the natural world.”
Randolph Electric and the North Carolina Zoo will team up with national event organizers Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Vehicle Association to put on the event in Asheboro. Nissan LEAF® is the exclusive national automotive sponsor. EV owners who want to showcase their vehicles should register their attendance prior to the event.
For more information about Asheboro’s Drive Electric Week and to register for this event, visit the NDEW site.
About Plug In America: Plug In America is the nation’s leading independent consumer voice for accelerating the use of plug-in electric vehicles in the United States. Formed as a non-profit in 2008, Plug In America provides practical, objective information collected from our coalition of plug-in vehicle drivers, through public outreach and education, policy work and a range of technical advisory services.
About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with more than 2.4 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states. The Sierra Club’s national Electric Vehicles Initiative advocates for a switch to EVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut oil consumption. Sierra Club is proud to have been one of the three national groups organizing National Drive Electric Week since its inception in 2011.
About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide promoting the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
About North Carolina Zoo: The world’s largest natural habitat Zoo cares for more than 1,700 animals and 52,000 plants on its 2,600 acres. Visit NCZoo.org to begin your life-changing journey.
About Randolph Electric Membership Corporation: Randolph Electric Membership Corp. is a community-focused electric cooperative created to efficiently deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to more than 33,000 homes, businesses, farms, and schools. Randolph EMC is led by and belongs to member-consumers in areas of Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Chatham and Alamance counties. Follow Randolph EMC on Facebook and Twitter.