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City of Bloomington to Host Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive at Farmers Market on July 21

The City of Bloomington Sustainability Commission and Midwest EVOLVE will hold an Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive on Saturday, July 21 at the Bloomington Farmers Market. The performance, availability, and environmental advantages of electric vehicles (EVs) will be showcased at the event.

The vehicle test-drives are free, and industry experts and local EV owners will be available to share their experiences driving electric. Participants will get a chance to get behind the wheel of some of the newest electric vehicles on the market, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Nissan LEAF, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Volvo XC90 PHEV.

The test drives will be held at Bloomington Civic Plaza in the west parking lot.

The day’s agenda is as follows:

  • Farmers Market hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • EV Ride & Drive: 10 a.m. – noon

The event is supported by: City of Bloomington, Bloomington Sustainability Commission, and Midwest EVOLVE.

The event is a part of Midwest EVOLVE (Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, events, Experience), a three-year project in seven Midwestern states to demonstrate electric vehicles at community events, ride and drives, and workplace-charging seminars.

“Drivers in the Midwest are usually surprised by the outstanding performance and environmental benefits of electric cars,” said Lisa Thurstin, coordinator of the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition, the manager of the Midwest EVOLVE project. “They just do not get as much exposure to these vehicles as consumers on the West and East Coasts. We’re here to change that. This is a great time to drive electric, especially with so many new models to check out. Electric vehicles save fuel and improve air quality, plus they are cool, fun, and fit most peoples’ everyday driving needs.”

The EV Ride & Drive is designed to be a fun, informational event that offers a hands-on electric vehicle experience by:

  • Allowing motorists to test drive a variety of vehicles that are locally available.
  • Providing interaction with EV owners and their vehicles.
  • Educating the public about vehicle charging at home, work, and public stations.
  • Helping consumers to determine the best vehicle and charging options for their needs.

About Midwest EVOLVE

Midwest EVOLVE is a partnership between the American Lung Association and Clean Cities coalitions in seven Midwest states. The project’s focus is to educate consumers, as well as public and private fleets, about the performance and environmental advantages of electric vehicles. The project is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under Award Number DE-EE0007743. To learn more, visit or follow EVOLVE via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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