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Episode 235: Charging Ahead: Driving the Growth of Electric Vehicles in Northwest Arkansas with the NWA Council

About the Show:

“Electric vehicles and electric bikes are not only a mode of transportation, but also a way to benefit our environment. By embracing these green alternatives, we can make a positive impact on our planet and create a more sustainable future.”

 – Rob Smith

In this compelling episode of the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast, host Randy Wilburn is joined by Rob Smith, Gary Berger, and Kris Williams to explore the electric vehicle (EV) movement taking shape in Northwest Arkansas—an initiative of the NWA Council. The group delves into the readiness of local electric utilities and emphasizes the need for robust charging infrastructure, crucial for the growth of EVs in the region.

The episode also highlights the Drive Electric NWA event and underscores the importance of collaboration among various community stakeholders, including builders, hoteliers, and utility companies, to facilitate a smooth transition to EVs. Alongside the discussion of EV infrastructure, the panel explores the decreasing costs of EVs, making them increasingly accessible to a broader audience.

Special attention is given to the role of hybrid vehicles in the transition to full EVs and the significance of renewable energy sources for charging. Offering valuable insights and actionable advice, this episode is a comprehensive guide for anyone interested in sustainable transportation in Northwest Arkansas.”

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Discover how Northwest Arkansas is pioneering the incorporation of electric vehicles (EVs).
  • Learn about the innovative Drive Electric NWA program and its influential events.
  • Uncover the myriad advantages and benefits of opting for electric vehicles (EVs).
  • Explore the growth and development of charging infrastructure in Northwest Arkansas.
  • Understand the importance of hybrid vehicles in easing the transition to a fully electric vehicle-dependent sector.

All this and more on this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast. 

Important Links and Mentions on the Show*

Website for Ozarks Electric

Website for Tesla Owners Club of Arkansas

Telsa Owners Club of Arkansas on Instagram

Telsa Owners Club of Arkansas on Facebook

Telsa Owners Club of Arkansas on YouTube

Email for Rob Smith

Email for Gary Berger

Tune in to KUAF 91.3 FM to listen to the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast on Ozarks at Large.

This episode is sponsored by*

Signature Bank of Arkansas “Community Banking at its Best!”

Northwest Arkansas Council – “Life Works Here!”

*Note: some of the resources mentioned may be affiliate links. This means we get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.

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