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Poloncarz declares Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 Drive Electric Week in Erie County


Tue, Sep 21st 2021 07:00 pm

Week to kick off with National Grid-sponsored event at Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

As part of National Drive Electric Week 2021, Erie County is spreading the word about environmental responsibility and encouraging residents to learn more about electric vehicles by signing a proclamation that declares Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 “Drive Electric Week” in Erie County.

“Electric Drive week overlaps with Climate Week, which starts today, and that is no coincidence. Electric vehicles are part of the solution as we work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Bonnie Lawrence, deputy commissioner of the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning.

In Erie County, the time period – which coincides with National Drive Electric Week – will begin with Electrify Buffalo, a community ride-around event on Saturday, Sept. 25. Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is hosting this event, which is sponsored by National Grid, in the parking lot at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Innovation Center, located at 589 Ellicott St.

The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees can test drive electric vehicles and learn more from various demonstrations of electric backhoes, e-bikes and scooters. The event will include food trucks, raffles and a kids’ zone. More information, including event registration, is available here.

“Sustainability is at the heart of the work that we do here on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus,” said Matt Enstice, president and CEO of the BNMC. “We were the first site in Western New York to install vehicle charging capability, and we continue to add to and upgrade our sustainable infrastructure. We are delighted to host events that highlight the both the importance and growth of technology in the field.”

National Grid Regional Director Ken Kujawa said, “Events such as Electrify Buffalo are natural fits for National Grid because we offer several programs, including electric vehicle programs, that are for customers who can save up to 100% of the costs related to infrastructure installations, like the ones at the medical campus and so many across Western New York; we also offer services for those with electric fleets. The event also nicely aligns with National Grid’s Project C initiative, National Grid’s community commitment designed to accomplish many goals, including connecting our communities to clean and sustainable energy, and delivering a resilient, clean energy future.”

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