The fun really started when 60 electric cars participated in a "silent EV parade," led by a police escort, from downtown Sarasota over a scenic bridge to one of our beautiful barrier islands, all donning special "National Plug In Day" flags attached to their vehicles. It was a sight to see (but not hear)!
After the parade, the vehicles assumed their position inside our expo venue and displayed their vehicles, answered questions, and let the general public get up close and personal with the next generation of oil-free automobiles. Also on display inside the expo were dozens of green exhibitors, from producers of solar powered charging units, to electric bicycles, and non-profits advocating for the oil-free cause. Additionally, the public was encouraged to participate in the free EV Ride-and-Drive, provided by licensed auto dealers. Six different EV models were available for the Ride-and-Drive, including the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi Mi-EV, Fisker Karma, Wheego, Tesla Model S (only one in Florida), and the Pedego E-Bike. About 50 people were able to get in the drivers seat and experience the joy of EV driving for themselves!
Sarasota Herald Tribune "A Day to Celebrate Electric Cars"
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