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Electric Vehicle Expo hosted by The Center for an Ecology Based Economy

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SOUTH PARIS — The Center for an Ecology Based Economy will host an electric vehicle expo 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the South Paris town office. The event us as part of National Drive Electric Week. It will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly installed EV charger at the South Paris police station, guest speakers and test drives of electric cars such as a VW e-Golf, Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV, and others. One of the featured speakers will be Brian Kent, who took his 100 percent electric Nissan Leaf on a road trip that toured all the lower 48 states, planting trees along the way. He traveled more than 43,000 miles over the course of approximately eight months, in a car with about an 80-mile range.

National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 10-18, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil. Started in 2011 as National Plug In Day with the simple idea to hold simultaneous events across the country on the same day, it has, by popular demand, expanded to a week of events and changed its name to emphasize driving electric.

The event in South Paris will feature local food vendors, music and test rides of electric bikes. For information, contact the Center for an Ecology Based Economy at 739-2101 or the event city captains Tony Giambro at or 744-2169; Fred Garbo at or 415-1559; or Scott Vlaun at or 739-2101.