The University of Washington (UW) EcoCAR 2 Team and Western Washington Clean Cities Coalition (WWCCC) are hosting Plugged In: Drive Change at the Capitol on February 25. All Washington State legislators are invited to the plug-in vehicle ride and drive taking place at the Washington State Capitol Campus in Olympia, Washington. The plug-in cars participating in the ride and drive will be predominantly fleet vehicles from various organizations.
UW EcoCAR 2 and WWCCC are aiming to populate the event with representatives from specific committees, including Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications, Senate Transportation, House Transportation, House Environment and House Technology & Economic Development. The purpose of the event is to advocate for progress in green vehicle infrastructures.
At noon, electric vehicle (EV) ambassadors (legislative members who currently own EVs) will talk about their cars and mention the special vehicles (UW EcoCAR 2 and BMW i3) present. This will be followed by a parade of vehicles around the north loop parking area with the Secretary of Transportation serving as parade marshal. After the parade, other state employees will have the opportunity to take the EVs for a test drive.
UW Communications Manager Shea O’Donnell said that “this is a great opportunity for UW EcoCAR 2 to connect with legislators. We will be able to demonstrate the importance of federal research through the EcoCAR 2 program.”