UCR to Host Electric Vehicle Test Drive Event

The Riverside Electric Vehicle Day event will allow participants to test drive various electric cars and learn better sustainability practices.

Riverside Electric Vehicle Day

Riverside Electric Vehicle Day

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – University of California Riverside students, faculty, staff and the Inland Empire community are invited to participate in the Riverside Electric Vehicle Day on Sunday, Nov. 16 from noon to 3 p.m. at UCR’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), located on 1084 Columbia Avenue in Riverside. The event is free and open to the public.

The Riverside Electric Vehicle Day event will provide participants with an opportunity to test drive an electric vehicle and learn about rebates, loans and financing options. Electric cars and electric bikes on the market today will also be on display, refreshments and activities will be available, tours of UCR’s research labs will be given and participants will be able learn how electric vehicles can reduce air pollution, improve health and save money.

Local leaders, including Riverside City Council Member Mike Gardner and a representative from Assemblymember Jose Medina’s office will also be present to talk about the importance of cleaning up the transportation sector.

The event is being co-hosted by the Charge Ahead California campaign, UCR’s CE-CERT and the CALPIRG UCR student chapter.

“Given that California’s transportation sector is the state’s #1 source of air pollution, we need to revolutionize the way we drive, rapidly transitioning to electric vehicles,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate with Environment California Research and Policy Center, one of the organizations leading the Charge Ahead California campaign to educate the public on the importance of transitioning current vehicle fleets to clean, electric vehicles in order to combat air pollution and reduce global warming emissions.

The event comes at a time when recent legislation will make electric vehicles more available and affordable. Earlier this fall, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation that will provide generous incentives to make it easier for low- and moderate-income families to purchase a new or used plug-in electric car.

“I am proud to have supported the Charge Ahead California Initiative in the legislature to make electric vehicles affordable to all Californians,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina. “The Inland Empire is already a hub for electric vehicle research and manufacturing, and by deepening our commitment to electric vehicles, we can clean up our air, reduce global warming pollution and create more local jobs.”

This past summer, the Riverside County Economic Development Agency was awarded a $497,000 grant from the California Energy Commission to install a system of EV charging stations across the county at workplaces, key destinations, and prime corridors to ensure that use of EV transport is convenient, accessible and affordable.

“Riverside County is working in harmony with our partners in academia, business and environment to develop renewable resources that will create a stronger economy and cleaner, more livable communities,” said Phil Rosentrater, deputy director of the County of Riverside EDA.

“Plug-in electric vehicle technology is an essential component for our UCR sustainable transportation goals. With this event, the public will be able to see a variety of electric drive vehicles and how easy they are to drive. When you combine electric vehicle charging with solar energy as we do here at CE-CERT, you can get a true net-zero carbon transportation solution,” said Matt Barth, director of CE-CERT.

The electric cars for the event will be provided by Alvarez Motors, BMW of Riverside, Raceway Nissan and others. Electric scooters and bikes will be provided by GenZe and Pedego. The University of Riverside’s 30 passenger electric trolley will also be on display.

“It is time to move to electric transportation and enjoy the benefits of a more stable, sustainable and less expensive energy supply” said Jim McCarty, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of Southern California, which helped to secure the vehicles for the event.

“It’s great to see the Inland Empire embracing electric vehicles as our future because we cannot leave the health of our planet and our communities to chance,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate with Environment California Research and Policy Center. “It’s time to charge ahead, break our dependence on oil, clean up our air, improve our health and protect our climate.”

Participants can RSVP for the event in advance.

For more information about the event, visit chargeahead.org or contact Michelle Kinman at (310) 621-8935 or Kathy Vang at (951) 781-5730.

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Additional Contacts

Michelle Kinman
Tel: (310) 621-8935
E-mail: Michelle@EnvironmentCalifornia.org

Kathy Vang
Tel: (951) 781-5730
E-mail: kathyv@cert.ucr.edu

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