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National Drive Electric Steilacoom Festival Celebrates Eight Years

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Courtesy of Dick Muri

Courtesy of Dick Muri

The annual National Drive Electric Festival will make its way back to historic downtown Steilacoom for its eighth season on Sept. 11 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visitors can get up close, take rides, and learn about plug-in electric vehicles (EV) from owners of the over 100 EVs on display at the free event, including everything electric bikes, motorcycles, buses, and individually owned automobiles.

Dick Muri, the current mayor of Steilacoom, launched the festival in 2013 after purchasing his own electric car.

With nationwide festivals popping up all over, Muri leads the first of its kind in Pierce County and has been awarded a City Captain title for his efforts.

“It’s a great opportunity for those trying to decide if they want to drive electric. Someday we may not have a choice as we transition away from fossil fuels, especially oil-based fossil fuels, a limited resource that’s becoming more scarce and more expensive,” says Muri. “It’s a chance to have a conversation with someone who can tell you the advantages, or the disadvantages, who’s not trying to sell you something.”

Register to attend the 8th annual National Drive Electric Steilacoom Festival here. Also in attendance will be a number of plug-in vehicle-themed vendors, local food trucks, and charming area restaurants, like Topside Bar & Grill, or the Bair Bistro.

Join here to learn more about EV in Pierce County.