Electrify Buffalo coincides with National Drive Electric Week – Buffalo Rising

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When it comes to driving electric vehicles, the United States is gaining momentum, but has a long way to go compared to countries like Norway leading the way.

According to the Pew Research Center, “7% of American adults said they currently have an electric or hybrid vehicle, and 39% said they were very or somewhat likely to seriously consider purchasing an electric vehicle the next time they hit the news market wheels.

To boost electric car sales in the WNY area, Erie County is encouraging residents to test drive certain green vehicles as part of National Drive Electric Week 2021 (September 25 to October 3).

“Electric Drive week straddles Climate Week, and that’s no coincidence. Electric vehicles are part of the solution as we work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ”said Bonnie Lawrence, Deputy Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning.

Electric Drive week kicks off with Electrify Buffalo, a community event hosted by (and on) the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The free event, sponsored by National Grid, will take place on Saturday, September 25 in the parking lot of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Innovation Center, located at 589 Ellicott Street. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants will be able to take a ride in the electric cars, while experiencing a number of demonstrations relating to the advancements of backhoes, electric bikes and electric scooters. There will also be food trucks, raffles and a children’s area. More information, including event registration, is available here.

Participants can test electric vehicles and learn about various demonstrations of backhoes, electric bikes and electric scooters.

“Sustainability is at the heart of the work we do here at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus,” said Matt Enstice, President and CEO of BNMC. “We were the first site in western New York State to install vehicle charging capability, and we continue to enrich and upgrade our sustainable infrastructure. We are delighted to host events that highlight both the importance and growth of technology in the field.

“Events like Electrify Buffalo are a great fit for National Grid as we have multiple programs, including electric vehicle programs which cater to customers who can save up to 100% on costs related to infrastructure facilities, like the medical campus and many others in western New York; we also provide services for those with electric fleets, ”said Ken Kujawa, regional director of National Grid. “The event also aligns well with the National Grid Project C initiative, National Grid’s community engagement designed to achieve many goals, including connecting our communities to clean, sustainable energy and delivering a resilient, clean energy future.


Main picture: Charging stations at Millrace Commons in Larkinville

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Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder of the Powder Keg Festival which built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurious! winter party. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator of the Saturday Craft Market (SAM) in Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of retro and vintage market The Peddler on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Kick off Witches’ Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and the Flutterby Festival.

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