‘Ride and Drive’ event to plug Richmond residents into 411 on EVs

‘Ride and Drive’ event plugs Richmond residents into 411 on electric vehicles
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By Kathy Chouteau

Electrify America is sponsoring an event Wed., Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Richmond Civic Center, 450 Civic Center Plaza in Richmond, as part of National Drive Electric Week (Sept. 23-Oct. 2).

Normal Now,” which is Electrify America’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) education and awareness campaign, is behind the “Ride and Drive” event at the Civic Center that aims to “help educate Richmond residents about electric vehicles (EV),” per the company.

As part of the event, community members will have the chance “to experience an electric vehicle, speak with local EV drivers and learn about the perks of switching to electric.”  

Misti Murphey, director of brand strategy and integrated marketing at Electrify America said that “Electric transportation isn’t just the future—it is here now.” She added the company is proud to once again work with National Drive Electric Week “to help people get informed and excited about transitioning to electric transportation lifestyle.” 

Richmond’s Normal Now event is taking shape following California’s recently adopted regulations banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035, underscoring the importance of increased EV education, per Electrify America.

Richmond’s Normal Now event is one of six the campaign is sponsoring in California and 24 nationwide during National Drive Electric Week in states such as: Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin, said Electrify America.  

Based in Reston, Virginia, Electrify America launched in 2016 and is the largest open DC fast charging network in the U.S., per the company. It is investing $2 billion over 10 years in ZEV infrastructure, education and access.