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File #: 170727    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/14/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/14/2017
Title: Recognizing National Drive Electric Week 2017 in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Signature17072700.pdf
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Recognizing National Drive Electric Week 2017 in the City of Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, National Drive Electric Week, September 9-17, 2017, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more; and

WHEREAS, Started in 2011, as National Plug In Day, the event began as a simple idea to hold simultaneous events across the country on the same day to emphasize driving electric and has expanded to an entire week of events to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles; and

WHEREAS, National Drive Electric Week 2017 is sponsored by a variety of organizations, including Plug In America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association; and

WHEREAS, In 2014-15, U.S. electric vehicles ("EV") sales declined by 5% but at the end of 2016, U.S. EV sales increased by 37%. By the end of 2016, there were about 30 different EV offerings, with a total sale of 159,139 vehicles across the United States. Five different models sold at least 10,000 units in 2016: Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Ford Fusion Energi; and

WHEREAS, Electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles are less expensive, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oils. EVs also use far less energy than gasoline-powered cars, generally cost about a third as much as a gas-powered car to run, and often have lower maintenance costs; and

WHEREAS, Since 2014, global EV sales have more than doubled. Forbes Magazine estimates that 2016 concluded with a 41% global increase in sales to reach 777,497 vehicles. In addition, the International Energy Agency's Global EV Outlook reported that the number of electric cars on the roads around the world rose to 2 million in 2016; and

WHEREAS, In 2014, the United States was the leadin...

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