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The increasing number of electric vehicles on Northwest Arkansas roadways and across the nation demands that regions prepare for a far different transportation future.

That’s why the Northwest Arkansas Council worked with more than a dozen partners to put on Drive Electric NWA last year and has slated the 2023 event for Sept. 30 at Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers.

The five-hour event, which starts at 11 a.m., highlights electric vehicles, electric bikes and the infrastructure needed to support them. There’s music, a food truck, chlidren’s activities and a giveaway worth $2,500.

Drive Electric NWA last year brought out hundreds of people to see the Ford F-150 Lightning as well as vehicles made by Canoo, Tesla, Rivian and Kia to learn about how electricity will overhaul the way people travel in the coming years.

Every attendee at Drive Electric NWA who is at least age 18 can register to win a $2,500 credit for purchases from event sponsors that go toward powering up electric-based transportation.

Eight new sponsors are part of Drive Electric NWA in 2023. They are ACDI, Phat Tire Bike Shop, Envirotech, Seal Solar, Pedego Fayetteville, McLarty Daniel, Golf Cars of NWA, and Tesla.

Returning sponsors include Ozarks Electric, SWEPCO, Carroll Electric, Francis Energy, the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association, the Arkansas Clean Cities Coalition, Evolve Auto, Canoo, the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, the Tesla Owners Club of Arkansas, Flux Car Charging Solutions, Lewis Automotive Group, Nunnally Chevrolet, PeopleForBikes and the Northwest Arkansas Council.

Organizers plan to hold Drive Electric NWA annually during National Drive Electric Week.