Courier-Journal – August 26, 2015

A small group of local electric vehicle devotees is gearing up for a promotional effort members are calling Louisville Drive Electric Week in early September.

The group has been meeting monthly for nearly a year and plans to showcase plug-in cars on Sept. 5 and 6 at the Flea Off Market on Market Street east of downtown.   The event is designed to increase awareness of the features and benefits of electric vehicles.

At the two-day event, being called LOU DEW, people will be able to ask questions, take a test drive or ride along and see first hand what makes electric cars cleaner, more cost-effective and more fun to drive than their gasoline counterparts, the sponsors said.   The event will run from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. The rain date will be the following weekend.

In a release, members say they “drive all sorts of electric vehicles, including the Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV, and Mitsubishi EV, just to name a few.

Also as part of Louisville Drive Electric Week, the group will show off an electric car-themed movie at Sullivan University on the evening of Sept. 12, and the group will have a booth at the Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown on the weekend of Sept. 18-20.

Louisville’s event is one of more than 150 across the country at which electric vehicle owners and advocates are holding electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, ride-and-drives, and other public events.  For a list of events, visit: driveelectricweek.org.

In Louisville, LG&E is the major sponsor for Louisville Drive Electric Week, and Bob Hook Chevrolet and Tafel Motors are car dealer supporters.

For more information about the local group, visit EVolveKY.org,

Reach Reporter Sheldon S. Shafer at (502) 582-7089, or via email at sshafer@courier-journal.com

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India Blooms – March 29, 2015

Electric cars are fast igniting the automobile fancy of Americans while in India this eco-friendly version of four-wheeler is still not in the reckoning despite lofty government announcements.

On a shivery March afternoon this year, a small group of Louisville car owners  in the east South Central US state of Kentucky drive up to a shopping plaza to meet informally and share notes on their automobiles. They call their group as EVolve and what binds them is the ownership of electric cars and their resolve to add less to pollution and spend as little as possible on gas.

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