National Drive Electric Week - Old Saybook
|Day:||Saturday, September 21, 2019|
|Time:||11:00 am to 3:00 p.m.|
Saybrook Point Pavilion
155 College Street
Old Saybook, CT 06475
"Electrify Your Drive!"
A Free EV Car Show and Information Session
The Town of Old Saybrook is hosting an educational event about electric vehicles at Saybrook Point for all interested people to highlight the clean-air and cost-savings advantages of these now widely available vehicles.
Experienced EV owners will discuss why they are enthusiastic about their all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and how they use them on their daily commutes and longer distance drives, as well as how they charge the cars’ batteries. The Old Saybrook event is part of the ninth annual National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) and is one of more than 300 local events nationwide. Last year’s event at Saybrook Point attracted over 100 participants, including 23 EV drivers who brought their own vehicles to display.
Participants will learn about the differences between electric vehicles and conventional gas-powered cars (including why electric vehicles are much less expensive to operate and maintain), the widespread locations and different types of charging stations, the wide range of EV models available now, and the benefits of electric vehicles for the environment and for public health.
The event will include a Question-and-Answer session inside the Pavilion building with a panel of EV owners/drivers and EV experts from local auto dealers. Saybrook Point Inn (adjacent to the venue) will provide gift certificates to its Fresh Salt restaurant for raffle prizes to be awarded at the Q&A session. Light refreshments will include apple cider and apple cider donuts from Bishops Orchards of Guilford (Fall 2019 crop) and sandwiches from Big Y in Old Saybrook.
Attendees will learn about special savings programs for Connecticut EV drivers, including state rebates and federal tax credits, for purchasing and leasing electric vehicles.
High performance sports cars, sedans, SUVs, and even pickup trucks are now or soon to be available in EV format, many with longer (over-200-mile) driving ranges. Plug-in vehicles by Nissan, Chevrolet, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Honda, Tesla, Audi, BMW, and other automakers will be displayed and some will be available for test ride-and-drives. Local auto dealers will provide vehicles for test drives. EV and Plug-In Hybrid EV owners are encouraged to register for this event and to bring their vehicles for all or part of the event. Start by clicking on the "Participate" button above.
First Selectman Carl Fortuna will present a proclamation naming 14–22 September as “2019 Old Saybrook Drive Electric Week.”
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There are currently 50 attendees registered.
Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend
|Tesla Model 3||8|
|Tesla Model S||2|
|Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid||1|
|Hyundai KONA Electric||1|
|Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||1|
|Nissan Leaf (2018+)||1|
|Tesla Model X||1|
Registered attendees report 549,483 electric miles driven.
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