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Community Electric Ride and Drive

Jun 21, 2019

Community Electric Ride and Drive

Fresno City College is hosting a community electric ride and drive on Saturday, June 22 from 10am - 2pm in parking lot E. The free event will be hosted by GRID Alternatives, Beneficial State Foundation and the City of Fresno. Participants need to be 18 years or older with a valid driver's license, however anyone can participate in a ride-along in an electric car. Dutch Bros coffee cards will be given to people who test drive and ride. This event is made possible with funding from Electrify America. 

According to a recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and low-income communities are exposed to higher rates of air pollution from vehicles in California. In response, GRID Alternatives Central Valley and other nonprofits will host this event to kick off their new efforts to help local families access clean mobility programs such as the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program and One-Stop-Shop Pilot.

  • Data shows low-income communities are hit hardest by pollution and have the least access to electric vehicles
  • Pairing solar and electric vehicles together can dramatically increase benefits for low-income families by more than doubling energy cost savings and reducing localized air pollution 
  • Solar and social justice nonprofits to help low-income communities afford electric cars and charging stations
  • Residents to get behind the wheel of electric vehicles and learn about economic incentives to make the switch

About the GRID Alternatives

GRID Alternatives is America's largest nonprofit solar installer, bringing clean energy technology and job training to undeserved communities through a network of community partners and philanthropic supporters. GRID has installed more than 9,943 solar electric systems for low-income families and affordable housing providers with a combined installed capacity of more than 41.4 megawatts, saving more than $313 million in lifetime electricity costs, preventing more than 844,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and providing more than 36,000 people with solar training. GRID ha eleven regional offices and affiliates serving California, Colorado and the Mid-Atlantic as well as Tribal communities nationwide, Nicaragua and Nepal. For more information, visit Grid Alternatives

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