The town will host its first Electric Vehicle Showcase on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
By Vincent Salzo (Patch Staff) - Updated September 9, 2015 2:19 pm ET
In celebration of National Electric Drive Week, Fairfield will host its first Electric Vehicle Showcase on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Auxiliary Commuter Parking Lot at 140 Mill Plain Road across from the Parks and Recreation Department.
Get behind the wheel of the future of Automotive Technology. Seven local dealerships, including Miller-Nissan and Porsche of Fairfield, BMW of Bridgeport, Toyota of Westport, Curran and Prestige VW and Karl Chevrolet, will be demonstrating their electric options.
There will also be electric bikes (surely a holiday hotlist item) courtesy of Zane’s Cycles for the public to test drive.
As for testimonials, enthusiastic members of the Westport Electric Car Club and local Fairfield-area owners will be there to show off their cars and talk about their EV experience from the ease of charging to road trips. Speaking of convenience, according to the Department of Energy, Connecticut has 185 public electric charging stations and 400 electric charging outlets. Fairfield has 10 public stations, with many more to come.
First Selectman Mike Tetreau, State Senator Tony Hwang and State Representative Laura Devlin will be on hand to discuss the importance of alternative fuel and electric vehicles for Connecticut’s transportation future. With Connecticut ranking among the lowest in the American Lung Association’s State of the Air Report Card 2015, anything that can be done to switch from fossil fuels would be beneficial to the health of our citizens.
Members of Fairfield’s Clean Energy Task Force will also be at this event to explain the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Vehicle Purchase Rebate program, or CHEAPR, which provides rebates of up to $3,000 for the purchase of electric cars. In addition, there are federal tax credits of up to $7,500 available.
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The event has been organized by Fairfield’s Clean Energy Task Force, The Fairfield Bike and Pedestrian Committee and The Fairfield Earth Day Committee. It is free and open to the public. So come on down
What? Electric Vehicle Showcase
When? Saturday September 12, from 11 AM to 2PM
Where? Auxiliary Commuter Parking Lot, 140 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield
Why? Because it’s the future.
For more information see https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=443.
The photo shows from left to right: Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Peter Kraus, Howard Zegelstein, State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Keith Gallinelli and Scott Thompson gathering to announce the Electric Vehicle Plaza Event on September 12th in Fairfield.
First Selectman Mike Tetreau announces that Fairfield’s first Electric Vehicle Showcase, which coincides with National Drive Electric Week, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the auxiliary commuter parking lot at 140 Mill Plain Road across from the Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department.
Town residents are encouraged to participate and learn about the availability and benefits of driving electric. Local dealerships, members of the Westport Electric Club, and many local electric vehicle owners will be on hand to demonstrate their electric options. Dealerships confirmed in participating include Miller-Nissan, Porsche of Fairfield, Tesla Motors, Toyota of Westport, Curran and Prestige VW, Karl Chevrolet, and BMW of Bridgeport. Electric bicycles will also be there, courtesy of Zane’s Cycles.
In addition to lowering carbon emissions, there are financial benefits to driving electric vehicles. These benefits include fuel savings, reduced auto maintenance, federal tax credits (up to $7500 for Battery Electric Vehicles), new state incentives (up to $3,000), and more.
Fairfield currently has ten electrical vehicle charging stations, with ten more planned. Scott Thompson, Chair of the Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force, said, “With the highest density of charging stations in Connecticut, the Fairfield community is helping to promote our region’s opportunities for cleaner transportation. It’s the perfect time for an event that brings prime-time electric vehicle technology to a wider audience.”
Fairfield’s first Electric Vehicle Showcase has been organized by the Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force, and the Fairfield Bike, Walk, Run and Fairfield Earth Day Committees. The event is free and open to the public.
First Selectman Tetreau said, “I want to thank our town committees for organizing this first-ever electric vehicle event to educate the public on more ways to benefit the environment and to be more energy efficient. Our Town is proud to be an active participant in supporting and utilizing numerous clean energy and green initiatives.”
If anyone is interested in learning more about this event or participating, please go to the Fairfield Electric Vehicle page on National Drive Electric Weeks’ site: driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=443.
The photo of the EV group shows from left to right: Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Peter Kraus, Howard Zegelstein, State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Keith Gallinelli and Scott Thompson gathering to announce the Electric Vehicle Plaza Event on September 12th in Fairfield.
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The Fairfield EV Showcase
The showcase, to be held Saturday, September 9, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Fairfield commuter parking lot at 140 Mill Plain Road (across from the Parks and Recreation Department), will bring together local car dealers, electric car club members, many local EV owners and the public to view the newest EV models and learn about the current state of the technology.