EVEVA-Press Release

Emerald Valley Electric Vehicle Association Named 2021 “Chapter of the Year”

by the Electric Vehicle Association

The nationwide Electric Vehicle Association has selected the Emerald Valley Electric Vehicle Association

(EVEVA) as the EVA’s “Chapter of the Year” for 2021.

EVEVA was founded just three years ago to help familiarize Oregonians in the Lane County area and beyond with the benefits of switching to electric vehicles. In announcing the award, the Electric Vehicle Association particularly cited rEV Up!, a program offered by EVEVA that is designed to introduce electric vehicles to people who are curious about EVs, or actively shopping for one. rEV Up! is presented monthly in partnership with 14 local governments, utilities, and educational organizations that all have an interest in transportation electrification, including:

  • City of Eugene
  • City of Springfield
  • City of Ashland
  • Lane County
  • Eugene Water & Electric Board
  • Springfield Utility Board
  • Emerald People’s Utility District
  • Central Lincoln People’s Utility District
  • Lane Electric Cooperative
  • Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative
  • Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation (BEST)
  • Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA)
  • University of Oregon’s Office of Sustainability

rEV Up! was originally created in 2016 by the University of Oregon Office of Sustainability in  collaboration with City of Eugene and Eugene Water & Electric Board. EVEVA adopted the program at  the end of 2020 and has since held 13 Zoom-based workshops for hundreds of interested individuals. The program has seen increasing interest and enthusiasm as additional partners have added their support. More workshops are scheduled for 2022, with registration for upcoming events on March 8 and April 11 open at www.revuporegon.org.

In making the award, Elaine Borseth, President of the Electric Vehicle Association, stated, “The Electric Vehicle Association is pleased to award the Chapter of the Year Award for 2021 to our Emerald Valley EVA. This chapter has excelled at partnering with multiple organizations to do what EVA does best -promote EV adoption throughout the region and thus, reducing tailpipe emissions. The members of the Emerald Valley Electric Vehicle Association are to be commended for all of their hard work and dedication.”

Phil Barnhart, President of EVEVA, is thrilled that the chapter received this recognition. “I want to thank the Electric Vehicle Association for honoring our smart and energetic band of volunteers, and the organizations that work with EVEVA to make rEV Up! a success. We hope to be out at in-person events soon, but we are not waiting to let people know that EVs can successfully compete with and replace gas- powered vehicles for practical transportation while reducing the air pollution in our part of Oregon by two-thirds. And EVs are a lot more fun to drive!”

The Electric Vehicle Association (formerly the Electric Auto Association), founded in 1967, is North America’s leading nonprofit that accelerates the adoption of electric vehicles by supporting its 100 chapters and thousands of members in the U.S. and Canada as they educate their communities about the benefits of driving electric.

The award will be presented at the Electric Vehicle Association’s annual meeting which takes place from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. The annual meeting will take place via Zoom, and anyone interested in attending may register to receive a Zoom link at  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oyz3tIXNT8aKC9lOfhiIwg?_x_zm_rtaid=mW9ikqlnQT         -  atTBGqKnwzg.1645589361314.45c30c18ded1561ff1a273174a1e720e&_x_zm_rhtaid=854