FL Senate Transportation Chair Jeff Brandes Emerges as Champion of Electric Vehicle Adoption
Last month, more than a dozen electric vehicles filled the Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee for Drive Electric Day Florida, sponsored by a coalition of the Sierra Club, state utilities, county governments and auto manufacturers.
|Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg)|
|Drive Electric cars in the Capitol. Photo by Phil Compton.|
Drive Electric Florida members, including Sierra Club Florida Staff Director Frank Jackalone, testified at the Senate Transportation Committee Meeting and met with dozens of legislators and their staff. The event drew 300 and received media coverage from 9 FL TVstations, with stories placed in 7 websites. FL staff Frank Jackalone, Phil Compton and FL Healthy Air Campaign Lead Volunteer Tom Krumreich represented Sierra Club FL at Drive Electric Day at the Capitol.
|An all-electric bus in front of the Capitol. Photo by Kevin Cate|
|A Tesla test drive. Photo by Kevin Cate.|
Going forward this fall, the Drive Electric Florida coalition will lobby the state legislature on key priorities: improving EV charging infrastructure, eliminating barriers to home charging at multi-unit dwellings (apartment, condos, etc.) and making EV ownership affordable for more Floridians with sales tax relief on purchases.