Last week in over 150 cities across North America (and in Italy and the Netherlands too), an estimated 90,000 people attended one of the National Drive Electric Week events, taking over 5,500 test drives in plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. That’s a 150% increase in attendance over the 2013 event, says Green Car Reports.
Since 2010, National Drive Electric Week (formerly known as National Plug In Week) has grown year over year, both in the number of events and the number of people attending them. There’s also a wider variety of plug-in vehicles to choose from than at any time in the past, and that’s doubly true if you live in California, where more than 100,000 plug-in cars have been sold to date. In Cupertino, California, 507 pure electric car drivers gathered to set a new Guinness-backed world record for the largest EV parade.
Across the entirety of the U.S., an estimated 250,000 plug-in cars have been sold, which is a long way away from President Obama’s million vehicle goal, but plug-in car sales have been rising even as traditional hybrids have entered something of a slump. With over 5,500 test drives estimated to have been given across the 152 events, I’m sure a few fence sitters were swayed to take the plunge into the world of plug-in vehicles. Here’s hoping next year’s National Drive Electric Week is even bigger.