SANTA BARBARA, CA September 1, 2016 â€” The Community Environmental Council (CEC) and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD) present the Goodland Drive Electric Car Show, a free public event showcasing the latest electric vehicles on Sunday, September 18 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. next to the Farmerâ€™s Market at Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta.
A celebration of National Drive Electric Week, which runs September 10-18, the show serves as a resource for anyone wanting to find out about owning and driving a plug-in electric vehicle (EV). Local EV owners will be on hand throughout the event to share their experiences and insights into driving electric.
The car show is supported by the Plug In Central Coast initiative, a partnership between public agencies and nonprofits that work to support the adoption of electric vehicles in local communities. CEC and SBCAPCD founded the initiative in 2011, and its importance was underscored in 2012 when Governor Brown established a target to have 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025 to support Californiaâ€™s climate change and air quality goals.
â€œFew people realize that transportation accounts for 37 percent of Californiaâ€™s carbon footprint â€“ more than any other sector of the stateâ€™s economy,â€ said Sigrid Wright, CEC Executive Director and CEO. â€œThere is more data showing that climate change is already playing out and may be taking place faster than expected, so we want to focus on solutions that will help us cut emissions as quickly as possible. Replacing conventional automobiles with electric vehicles is one of the most effective steps that people can take to reduce carbon emissions today.â€
Aeron Arlin Genet, SBCAPCD Director, noted, â€œCars and trucks are a large source of air pollution in our county. More electric vehicles on the road means less air pollution overall, and cleaner air near our busiest roadways.â€
Goodland Drive Electric attendees can learn about these environmental benefits as well as the financial advantages of EV ownership. â€The average U.S. household spends nearly one-fifth of its total income on transportation, and in California the average driver would cut transportation costs in half by replacing a conventional gas-powered automobile with an electric vehicle,â€ said Cameron Gray, CECâ€™s Energy Associate. â€œIf drivers have rooftop solar, the savings can be even larger.â€ Gray added that people are often pleasantly surprised that electric motors offer much quicker acceleration than standard engines.
Camino Real Marketplace has hosted the Goodland Drive Electric Celebration for the past four years. In 2015, the shopping center worked with CEC, SBCAPCD, and City of Goleta staff to install the cityâ€™s first publicly available DC Fast Charger, which can recharge an electric vehicle to nearly full capacity in as little as 30 minutes. â€œWe support cleaner, more sustainable transportation options,â€ said Mark Ingalls of Camino Real, LLC. â€œGiving customers access to fast and convenient charging at the marketplace is one way that we are doing our part and giving back to the community.â€
To RSVP for the Goodland Drive Electric Car Show, visit CECSB.org/event/goodlanddriveelectric.
To participate, contact Cameron Gray at (805) 963-0583 x111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about driving electric, visit CECSB.org/choose-electric.
All community members are encouraged to attend the free Goodland Drive Electric Car Show, and to bring reusable bags along for buying locally grown Farmerâ€™s Market goods.