Drive Electric Day
DRIVE ELECTRIC DAY - SAN ANTONIO / PEARL BREWERY FARMERS MARKET / SATURDAY, SEPT. 16 / 9 AM - 1 PM
Drive Electric Day – San Antonio provides information on electric vehicles (EVs) in a fun and engaging environment; enjoy live music and food vendors, while test driving the coolest new electric cars. Hear from local EV owners, speak to representatives from area dealerships about specific makes and models, and meet other EV enthusiasts! Join AACOG and Clean Cities on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the historic Pearl Brewery’s Farmers Market from 9 AM – 1 PM, located at 312 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78215.
Drive-Electric Day – San Antonio is one of more than 100 National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) events nationwide, from Santa Monica all the way to Nova Scotia. NDEW is organized nationally by Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association. Alongside its public and private sector stakeholders, the Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition supports the promotion and adoption of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles as an alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles. Since its federal designation in 1999, Clean Cities’ efforts and promotion of alternative fuels have resulted in the displacement of an estimated 3.5 million gallons of gasoline per year.
Reasons to Go Electric:
Some electric vehicles are more expensive to purchase than conventional gasoline-powered cars, however their initial costs can be offset by federal tax credits and fuel cost and maintenance savings. Electric vehicles are cheaper to maintain than gasoline-powered vehicles. Electric Vehicles (EVs) require no oil changes and have ten fewer moving parts than a gasoline-powered car (engine, transmission, spark plugs, valves, tailpipe, distributor, starter, clutch, muffler, or catalytic converter). Additionally, driving on electricity is about five times cheaper than fueling with gasoline, especially given the volatility of gas prices. Use the Department of Energy's Vehicle Cost Calculator to compare lifetime ownership costs of individual models of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), EVs, and conventional vehicles.
The average gasoline-powered passenger vehicle emits about 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year, contributing to poor air quality. In addition to CO2, gasoline-powered vehicles also emit methane, hydroflourocarbons, and nitrogen oxides - which contribute to the production of harmful ground-level ozone, the most common form of air pollution in Greater San Antonio. By contrast, all-electric vehicles (EVs) produce zero tailpipe emissions, thus preserving the quality of our air by reducing smog, haze, and health problems. Even when considering the cost of and emissions produced by electricity usage, on average, electric vehicles still produce fewer lifetime emissions. In Texas, electric vehicles as a whole reduce annual emissions, compared to gasoline-powered vehicles, by more than 6,500 pounds.
Power and performance
Contrary to the common myth, electric vehicles are built for more than fuel efficiency, but power and performance as well. Electric vehicles are smooth and quiet, and their high torque – even at low speeds – provides instant accelerator response, and also better performance in snow. Whereas gasoline-powered vehicles operate at about 30% efficiency (with approximately 70% of their energy eaten by heat, sound, friction, and pollutants), electric vehicles operate at 90% efficiency because of instantaneous power through torque.
Batteries and infrastructure availability
Since the rollout of the modern electric car, battery design and life has improved immensely. Several manufacturers of plug-in electric vehicles offer 8-year/100,000 miles battery warranties, but studies from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicate that today’s batteries may last 12 – 15 years in moderate climates.
In addition to at-home charging facilities and extended-range models, there are almost 100 public EV charging stations in San Antonio and surrounding communities. The Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center helps users locate EV charging stations, public and private, and helps plan routes.