NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) and the GoElectricDrive Foundation today announced a new partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, a nonprofit that brings sports organizations and environmental experts together to improve the environmental performance of sports teams and facilities. The announcement was made at the Green Sports Alliance's 3rd Annual Summit in New York City.
"There is a clear synergy between our efforts to educate consumers about the electric drive vehicles, and what the Green Sports Alliance is working to accomplish," said Brian Wynne, president of EDTA and the GoElectricDrive Foundation. Wynne continued, "We are partnering to show organizations the benefits of integrating electric drive in their fleets, which will get their team to the next game at a quarter of the cost of gasoline, and of giving fans a place to charge up while they're watching a ballgame."
By using electric drive vehicles for their teams and offering their fans access to vehicle charging, sports organizations across the United States have an opportunity to help improve the air quality in their local communities, combat climate change and join the effort to reduce our dependence on oil. Going electric has other benefits, including reduced transportation costs, possible access to tax incentives and enhanced sponsor revenues.
Martin Tull, executive director of the Green Sports Alliance, commented that "Partnering with EDTA will allow us to leverage their extensive network of technical resources and help our members identify opportunities surrounding the electrification of transportation, including the adoption of charging stations, use of electric and hybrid fleet vehicles and provide education for their fans about cleaner transportation solutions." He continued, "We've already seen a significant rise in the number of electric charging stations installed at sports venues and used by both employees and fans."
The GoElectricDrive Foundation, the charitable arm of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, was established in 2012 to spearhead consumer education and awareness campaigns that promote electric drive adoption. The teaming of these organizations reflects both the growing interest of corporate and nonprofit organizations in serving as environmental leaders and the acceleration of consumer interest in electric vehicles.
About EDTA and the GoElectricDrive Foundation
The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) is the trade association promoting battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure. EDTA conducts public policy advocacy, education, industry networking, and conferences. EDTA's membership includes vehicle and equipment manufacturers, energy companies, technology developers, component suppliers, government agencies and others. The GoElectricDrive Foundation is the charitable arm of EDTA, established by the EDTA board of directors in 2012 to promote consumer awareness. For more information about EDTA and its members, visit ElectricDrive.org. For information about owning and operating electric vehicles, please visit GoElectricDrive.com.
About Green Sports Alliance
The Green Sports Alliance is a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. Alliance members represent over 170 professional and collegiate sports teams and venues from 16 different sports leagues. Visit www.greensportsalliance.org for more information.
SOURCE Electric Drive Transportation Association