National Plug In Car Day Gets Local at CCSU September 29

by | Sep 24, 2013 4:14pm
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Car rallies are often known for the purr (or roar) of finely tuned engines, but the electric cars participating in Sunday’s rally at Central Connecticut State University won’t make much noise at all on their seven mile journey.

National Plug In Day is September 29, and the New England Electric Auto Association (NEEAA) and the CCSU Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition have organized an afternoon event that will feature more than two dozen electric cars that will be on display at CCSU from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. September 29.

Attendees will have an opportunity to test drive a Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Energi, Nissan Leaf, Smart EV, and perhaps a few others. A total of 31 cars will be on static display along with their owners who can answer questions about the vehicles.  Some of those vehicles are former gas cars that were converted to electric by NEEAA members.

-Read more about the NEEAA’s custom conversions

A number of panel discussions will be held throughout the day to help educate consumers on the advantages of driving gas free. At 1:30 p.m. NEEAA members will talk about gas to electric conversions. At 3:00 p.m. a Q&A panel discussion will be held with electric vehicle owners, followed by an awards ceremony for those who have squeezed the most mileage out of their electric cars. The event will conclude with an EV rally from the CCSU campus to General Electric’s Plainville facility where a number of charging stations were installed recently.

Special parking is available for electric vehicle owners who are encouraged to register early so a space can be reserved. Registration and additional information can be found on the event’s web page. The event is free and open to the public.

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posted by: art vandelay | October 1, 2013  9:33am

art vandelay

I’m all in favor of electric cars as long as I can get 400 miles on a single charge, a recharge takes 10 minutes, and it costs a fraction of what a tank of gas costs.  I don’t want to drive in something the size of a smart car, I want it safe, and to last 10yrs. The technology has a long way to go, but it’s in the right direction.  Keep plugging.