SUISUN CITY — Electric cars of all models and prices will be in the spotlight at The Salvation Army Kroc Center on Thursday, with a chance for the public to take a drive.
The occasion is the 2014 Plug-In and Electric Vehicle Showcase. The Kroc Center is at 586 E. Wigeon Way.
A morning session starting at 9 a.m. is largely geared toward fleet managers and government fleet officials. Those who want to attend should RSVP to [email protected]
But starting at 4 p.m., the public can stop by to see the cars and try one out. They can see the Ford Focus Electric, the Nissan Leaf, the Tesla Model S, the Chevrolet Spark, the Ford CMax Energi Plug-In, Chevrolet Volt and Fiat 500E, among others.
He hopes those who attend will realize that there are a large number of plug-in vehicle options out there and the number is growing, said Richard Battersby of the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition.
Battersby is director of fleet services at the University of California, Davis. He is also a Fairfield resident.
“What happens is someone who hasn’t ever ridden in an electric vehicle doesn’t know what to expect,” Battersby said.
Then they get in and realize it seems similar in many ways to a gasoline vehicle and is quiet, he said.
Prices for the vehicles are dramatically different, with a top-line electric Tesla Model S sedan costing about $95,000, a Chevrolet Volt closer to $35,000 and a Nissan Leaf in the $28,000 to $35,000 range.
Yet buyers can end up paying less than the retail price for electric vehicles and plug-ins. Battersby noted they can take advantage of a federal tax credit up to $7,500 and a state Air Resources Control Board rebate up to $2,500.
The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Showcase brings all types of models from different manufacturers to one place. That makes it easy for consumers who want to learn about them, Battersby said.
Sponsoring the event are the East Bay Cities Coalition and the NorCal Northern Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Fleet Administrators.
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