This week marks annual celebration for driving electric

It’s National Drive Electric Week and North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives are joining this nationwide celebration to highlight the many benefits of driving electric.

Electric vehicles (EVs) have a lot to offer our member-consumers, including increased convenience and cost savings, decreased maintenance and a better driving experience. They also provide community benefits, like helping the environment, strengthening the economy and supporting a more efficient electric grid.

Today’s EVs offer near-instant torque, meaning fast acceleration and more response behind the wheel. There are sleek options to fit any driver, from sedans and trucks to SUVs and minivans. As for charge time, many vehicles can be up to 80 percent charged in less than 30 minutes and because they have fewer moving parts than gas-powered cars, they require less maintenance and no oil changes. Finally, they continue to become more affordable, especially when paired with rebates, tax-incentives and a low-interest loan available to cooperative members through the Electric Federal Cooperative Credit Union.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are taking steps to make it more convenient than ever to drive an EV, by partnering to build an EV charging network that allows drivers to easily travel across the state and to the communities co-ops are proud to call home.

You can learn more about the many significant benefits of driving electric, see information addressing common myths and misunderstandings of EVs and find financial incentives for driving electric at