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REMC Invites Public to Drive Electric Event at North Carolina Zoo

A Chevy Volt electric vehicle sits on display at the Drive Electric Event held in the NC Zoo’s North America parking lot on October 1st 2021. (Acme News / Archive Photo)

ASHEBORO N.C. (REMC) – On Friday, September 29, from 9 am to noon at the North Carolina Zoo, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation will sponsor “It’s Electric,” a public education event showcasing electric vehicles (EVs). This outdoor event, planned during National Drive Electric Week (September 22 to October 1), draws attention to the positive aspects of driving all-electric and plug-in hybrid automobiles.

Local and state dignitaries will welcome the crowd at 10 am. Vehicles from various automobile dealerships, an electric school bus and EV chargers will be on display for REMC members and guests of the Zoo. The first 100 participants will receive a free gift.

“More of our members are asking about the benefits of EV ownership,” said REMC’s Director of Innovative Energy Solutions Michael Trent. “Randolph Electric is dedicated to educating our members about how to power your home, your life and your vehicle.”

At the event, representatives from Randolph EMC will describe how they work with EV owners to evaluate their vehicles’ impact on the electric grid. The REMC Electric Vehicle Utility Program (REVUP) offers members of the cooperative a $500 rebate on a level 2 EV charger for their home. REMC also provides special time-of-use rates that encourages them to charge during off-peak hours when energy is less expensive.

“It’s exciting to be part of the ‘It’s Electric’ celebration this year,” said Zoo Director and CEO Pat Simmons. “We welcome the opportunity to introduce our green fleet to visitors and to reinforce our commitment to sustainable practices that reduce our impact on the natural world.”

Randolph Electric and the North Carolina Zoo will team up with national event organizers Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Vehicle Association to put on the event in Asheboro. Nissan LEAF® is the exclusive national automotive sponsor. EV owners who want to showcase their vehicles should register their attendance prior to the event.

For more information about Asheboro’s Drive Electric Week and to register for this event, visit the official registration page here.


NC Zoo – National Drive Electric Week

September 29 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
View on our Event Calendar


Source: REMC Press Release