EV, hybrid fans set for July fireworks

ECOtality officials say as the EV Project draws to a close, the private-sector is picking up the pace of electric vehicle charging stations.
Courtesy ECOtality

Next month’s green-event docket promises a couple of events for proponents of driving less, or, at least, driving cars that don’t require gasoline.

Throughout July, the Carefree Commuter Challenge looks to double the 1,500 participants who eschewed their vehicles a year ago. The activities, held by Oregon’s Drive Less Save More Campaign, simply seems to reduce traffic congestion while keeping commerce moving at a brisk pace.

Those creating an account will also be eligible to win prizes such as Fred Meyer gift cars and iPads.

A couple of hundred participants will also get to test the Metronome products that, by plugging into vehicles, can provide real-time mileage, route planning and cost savings data.

The campaign’s organizers maintain that traffic delays cost commuters $1.2 billion in economic losses each year.

Also, on July 13, Drive Revolution will host a “sustainable transportation” fair-like event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Such companies as B-Line, PGE and Iberdrola Renewables will display the latest innovations in bicycle and other transportation options. Attendees can also test drive new electric and hybrid cars.

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