Birmingham’s first National Drive Electric Expo – featuring a “dancing Tesla”

The “dancing Tesla” 2017 Tesla Model X P100D – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Yesterday, Birmingham held it’s first National Drive Electric Week electric vehicle expo on the campus of UAB.

More than 30 electric vehicles were put on display for the community to learn more about the variety of electric vehicles on the market, charging stations, maintenance needs and costs, and incentives available for those who purchase them.

The event featured a “dancing” Tesla (by the 30 second mark focus on the doors and the rear-view mirrors – no one is in the car), and vehicles from Nissan, Mercedes, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Tesla and Chevy, ZERO (motorcycles).

Hosted by UAB Sustainability,  along with the City of Birmingham, Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, Alabama Power Company, Southern Research and Birmingham’s Zero Emissions Owners Group, the event was attended by a couple of hundred electric vehicle enthusiasts on the UAB campus.

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2016 BMW i8 valued at $135,951 – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

“This is the first time Birmingham has participated in the National Drive Electric Week. Events are being held across the country at 270 plus locations,” stated Mark Bentley, Executive Director of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition.  “It provides a venue for folks to “kick the tires” and ask questions.”

Along with the cars, the coalition recognized Publix Store 1520 at Midtown and CCR Architecture and Interiors for their efforts in expanding electric vehicle infrastructure in Birmingham.

“When CCR Architects and Interiors designed 20 Midtown, they had the forethought to install electric vehicle charging stations in the parking deck for residents,” said Julie Price, coordinator of sustainability at UAB. “Publix Store 1520, which is also located at 20 Midtown, installed charging stations that are free for all customers. Efforts like this are helpful in increasing EV infrastructure so owners don’t have range anxiety when traveling and in increasing awareness about the availability of electric vehicles.”

The awards were presented by Birmingham City Councilors Sheila Tyson and Valerie Abbott.

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From left to right – Councilor Shelia Tyson, Aaron Moore with Publix, Councilor Valerie Abbott and Tammy Cohen with CCR Architects and Interiors
Learn More

Alabama’s “go to” place for information about electric vehicles, charging stations and the future of alternative fuels is the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition. Visit their website to learn about all the emerging technologies.

 

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama’s Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama’s cancer risk and mercury standards.

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