Prepare to be electrified at theSixth Annual Electric Vehicle Show at Schoolcraft College. The show will be held at the college's main campus in Livonia (at the corner of Seven Mile and Haggerty Roads) on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This fun and informative event is free and open to the public.
It is a great opportunity to see all types of EVs and plug-in hybrids up-close, talk to the owners and ride or drive many of the cars around campus. The EVs on display will include the BMW i3, Cadillac ELR, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster and Tesla Model S. The show also features electric scooters and performance EV motorcycles. Other vehicles at the show include unique conversions such as a Chevy S10, an Austin Healy Sprite, a Fiat X19, a Ford Escort, a PT Cruiser, Porsche Boxter and even an electric Go-Cart Kit for kids. Highlights of past event have been a 1916 Detroit Electric, a 1976 Citicar and drag-pull racing electric tractors.
"With gas prices approaching the $4 mark again, people begin considering electric vehicles, and this show will provide all the information needed to make a good decision on purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle," said Schoolcraft College Vice President of Instruction Rich Weinkauf. "As a trusted educational institution in the area, Schoolcraft College is here to educate the community on this important technology and show how it can change lives."
The highlight of the show is the "Ride and Drive." Local dealers provide EVs for visitors to drive around campus. There is no better way to experience an EV than to get behind the wheel. In addition, EV owners participate in this program by offering rides to guests who would rather evaluate an EV from the passenger seat.
A number of vendors who provide equipment, services and resources to the electric vehicle industry and EV owners will be on hand, including DTE Energy, Ann Arbor Automotive and Clipper Creek charging stations, Mechanical Energy Systems and many others. Refreshments also will be available. Concrete Cuisine will be onsite selling gourmet food and Treat Dreams will be selling innovative ice cream and custom dessert from their mobile truck.
"This is the largest event of its kind in the Midwest," said Michigan Electric Auto Association President Larry Tuttle. "In addition to learning all about the latest EV and PHV technology and talking to people who drive EVs every day, visitors can even 'Ride and Drive' in several vehicles."
Event co-sponsors are Schoolcraft College and the Michigan Electric Auto Association in partnership with Detroit Area Clean Cities, Clean Energy Coalition, DTE Energy, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program and the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. Event organizers see the show as an educational and entertaining way to raise awareness of the general public about electric vehicles.
For more information, view images and videos of past shows, please visit the Schoolcraft College website at www.schoolcraft.edu/evshow.
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