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Drive Electric Orlando - Leaders Encouraged to Try Electric Vehicles
Monday, February 18, 2013 11:00 am

At a recent meeting of the region's business and community leaders hosted by the Central Florida Partnership, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and representatives from the Electrification Coalition provided a briefing on an exciting initiative, Drive Electric Orlando, intended to give visitors to the greater Orlando area an opportunity to try a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) while here for vacation or business.

Through the availability of electric vehicles at major rental car agencies and a network of charging stations located strategically at hotels, theme parks, and the convention center, the initiative will create a seamless rental car experience for visitors to see first-hand that electric vehicles are reliable, fun to drive and can meet their daily driving needs.

Today, Jacob V. Stuart, President of the Central Florida Partnership, will take delivery of a PEV, on loan for one week, to test drive this innovative technology.

The Orlando community has illustrated a commitment to becoming one of America's model communities for electric vehicles by building an EV charging network that boasts more than 300 stations. Further, support for similarly civic-minded initiatives from government and business leaders has proven to be strong.

Electric Car

Drive Electric Orlando is committed to creating a positive experience for visitors that choose to rent an electric vehicle by providing technical advice, documentation for staff and visitors, and recommending best practices. Participation of rental car companies, hotels, theme parks, and the convention center is crucial to its success.

Electric Car

Electrifying the light-duty, passenger vehicle transportation system is the best way to enhance our national and economic security by reducing the role that oil plans in the economy because:

  • Electrification promotes fuel diversity;

  • Electric vehicles will be powered by largely domestic fuels'

  • Electricity prices are generally more stable than oil prices; and

  • Electrification will increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption.

For more, contact:
Electrification Coalition, 1111 19th Street, N.W., Suite 406, Washington, D. C. 20036
Telephone: 202.448.9300 or visit

Central Florida Partnership - Ideas to Results
The Central Florida Partnership is a collaborative of business and civic leaders committed to procuring a better tomorrow for Central Florida's seven counties - Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia. We are thoughtful leaders united by a single, guiding principle - that we have both the power and the responsibility to make change happen.

Working together, through four lines of business – Orlando, Inc. (Regional Entrepreneurship), BusinessForce (Regional Public Policy Advocacy), (Regional Research & Resolves) and Leadership Orlando (Regional Leadership) – the Central Florida Partnership is moving "Ideas to Results."

About the Central Florida Partnership
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Click here for the Central Florida Partnership Board of Directors.

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