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Rethink Energy: Drive Electric Arlington

This regularly scheduled sponsored column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment.

Here on the Rethink Energy team, we are big fans of all modes of transit that eliminate single occupant vehicles. Walking, biking, scooting and public transit are all amazing.

Still, we’ve got to get from where we are to where we need to go sometimes with kids, to pick something up or otherwise — and we need a car to do it.

More and more electric cars are popping up in Arlington. The electrification of transportation is a key piece of reaching Arlington’s goal of carbon neutrality.

Electric cars now drive farther, charge faster and come in nearly every price range. Maintenance is simpler and cheaper. Just imagine no oil changes — ever! “Refueling” is as simple as plugging into an electrical outlet, and you’ll spend less than you do on gasoline to charge your vehicle.

Charging stations continue to pop up in Arlington, and incentives are available to help reduce the cost of your electric vehicle (EV) purchase.

Learn about charging, incentives, and more on our Drive Electric Arlington webpage.

EV Fun Facts:

  • The first electric vehicle was created in 1832, and Thomas Edison worked on an electric car battery in 1899. In the early 1900s, New York City taxis were primarily electric.
  • The longer you own your EV, the cleaner it is to use. Unlike gasoline vehicles that degrade in fuel efficiency over time, EVs use electricity from the electric grid that is getting cleaner all of the time with the addition of renewable energy sources of power like solar and wind.
  • If you install solar on your home, you essentially own a “gas station” for your EV. You’ll be driving on sunshine!

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$75 for two songs delivered to a place of your choice by a live, in-person quartet. Includes a classy tin of chocolates, fresh red rose and personalized card. Small mileage surcharge for >5 miles outside Arlington VA.

$30 Facetime/Skype valentine- two songs delivered ‘live’ via Facetime or Skype at an agreed-on time.

$20 virtual valentine- two pre-recorded quartet songs delivered via email with a personalized message.

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Have you noticed a striking sculpture at Monroe Street and Wilson Boulevard? It’s the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington’s newest installation, Make Your Mark, by Arlington artist, Adam Henry. This sculpture celebrates MoCA Arlington’s rebranding and brings the museum’s energy outdoors.

On February 11, come inside when the museum’s galleries reopen with two new exhibitions: Rebecca Rivas Rogers: Grey View and Crisis of Image.

Grey View, in the Wyatt Resident Artist Gallery, is an homage to “gray” and a snapshot of the artist’s process. Consisting of photographs, collage, and a site-specific installation, this show is an outgrowth of Rivas-Rogers’ visual investigations into places you see on your way to somewhere else.

On the main level, Crisis of Image features artists who seek equity in today’s saturated visual world by developing new methods related to the production of images.

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Valentine Pop-Up at George Mason University

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