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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


Recognizing National Drive Electric Week 2017 in the City of Philadelphia.



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 leading country of electric vehicle sales and was estimated to have sold 291, 332 electric vehicles; and


WHEREAS, The attendance of National Drive Electric Week has more than doubled in prior years with over 90,000 people going to events in the United States, Canada, and Europe; and


WHEREAS, To raise awareness of EV benefits among youth, National Drive Electric Week has launched an initiative to involve high schools and colleges nationwide. Each local event partners with a school or college near that event. That Ambassador School invites its faculty, staff, students and parents to the event and hosts an EV lecture. In turn, the local event adds the Ambassador School's name to its press releases; and


WHEREAS, National Drive Electric Week 2017 encourages big cities and small towns to become leaders of EV adoption and promote a healthier and greener tomorrow; now, therefore, be it


RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That Council does hereby recognize National Drive Electric Week 2017 in the City of Philadelphia.