BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – In a stride toward unleashing the energy revolution, the teams over at #1 Cochran and BRITE Energy Innovators are celebrating a new partnership.

The dealership presented a $10,000 check to BRITE. The nonprofit hosts a network of entrepreneurs and innovators to bring solutions to energy security challenges, defining opportunities in energy storage, grid resilience and mobility.

The state of Ohio doubles BRITE’s funding, allowing it to turn the donation into $20,000. Plus, for every dollar donated to BRITE, leaders put about $25 back into the economy.

“Before you know it, we are going to wake up and have 100% EV vehicles in our lineup, and we want to be able to say that we are, no pun intended, leading the charge,” said Derek Snyder, platform director for #1 Cochran.

“Partnerships like this are unbelievably important to help these companies get their products to market so that people can have better technologies that are cheaper and better for the environment,” said Rick Stockburger, president and CEO of BRITE Energy Innovators.

The two groups are teaming up to launch the Mahoning Valley’s first “EV Fest,” where early adopters who have EVs will showcase them.

The event is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at #1 Cochran Buick GMC on Market Street in Boardman.