Mayor Fred Butler has proclaimed Sept. 15-21, 2014, as Drive Electric Week in our community.
Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of the widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles.
“The City of Issaquah is dedicated to being a leader in the use of clean energy and low-carbon fuels, establishing policies and programs that conserve energy, protect the natural environment, improve transportation efficiency and promote sustainability,” the proclamation reads.
The typical electric vehicle has one-third the carbon footprint of a similar gasoline-powered car. In addition, electric vehicles use no petrochemical fuel or lubricants, which cause significant impacts on local salmon and wildlife.
Drive Electric Week’s celebration continues Sept. 21, as local electric vehicle owners and advocates invite the community to a show of electric vehicles at the Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd. The event, which will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., will feature dozens of new production models as well as vintage conversions.
A special program at noon will feature electric vehicle advocates, as well as Butler and other public officials, sharing information about how electric driving benefits the community and contributes to a sustainable future.