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Evolve KY, a group that promotes the use of electric vehicles, has announced that Drive Electric Week will be celebrated in Kentucky Sept. 10-17.

The EV devotees are gearing up for the week with an appearance at the Flea Off Market, 1007 E. Jefferson St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4.

At the market, some electric and plug-in cars will be shown, including Teslas, Nissans, Fords, Audis, Chevys and SmartCars. People can ask questions, take a test drive or ride along and see first-hand what makes electric cars cleaner, more cost-effective, and fun to drive, according to a news release.

The Kentucky group is among more than 150 across the country that is promoting National Drive Electric Week.  More information is available at driveelectricweek.org.


Evolve KY is a local, all-volunteer non-profit organization, with a purpose of promoting electric vehicles as a cleaner transportation alternative.  The group places EV chargers in and around Louisville.

LG&E and sister company Kentucky Utilities are the major sponsors for Louisville Drive Electric Week, with Bob Hook Chevrolet, Tafel Motors, Ford, Audi Louisville, Zenith Motors and the Sierra Club also providing support.

In April, the Kentucky Public Service Commission approved a proposal by LG&E and KU to establish company-operated, public electric vehicle charging stations and to permit non-residential customers to host charging stations.  KU and LG&E were authorized to install as many as 20 utility-operated charging stations. There is no limit on the number of stations that could be installed on customer properties.

According to information filed with the commission by KU and LG&E, there are about 30 public electric vehicle charging stations in Kentucky. Twenty-one are located in either the KU or LG&E service territories, with 12 of those at auto dealerships.

Reporter Sheldon S. Shafer can be reached at 502-582-7089, or via email at sshafer@courier-journal.com.