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8/22/2016 - Electric Vehicle Showcase Back in Fairfield

First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced that the environmentally-friendly future of vehicle technology – electric cars, motorcycles and bicycles – will be available for a close-up, hands-on look in Fairfield on Saturday, September 10, when the Town of Fairfield and the Clean Energy Task Force host the second annual Electric Vehicle (EV) Showcase.

The showcase, to be held Saturday, September 10, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Fairprene 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.

The free event coincides with National Drive Electric Week, September 10-18 (www.driveelectricweek.org), which features events across the country to heighten awareness of the benefits and broad availability of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, motorcycles and bikes.

“Electric vehicles are drawing more and more interest in our community, proven by the strong response and enthusiasm generated by last year’s inaugural showcase,” said First Selectman Tetreau. He added, “With more than a dozen EV charging stations in town – and many more in planning – Fairfield has the highest density of charging stations in southwestern Connecticut. The EV Showcase event strongly demonstrates our town’s commitment to promoting awareness of the environmental and cost benefits of EVs and supporting greater use of the vehicles.”

The EV Showcase 2015 event was a resounding success, with 10 dealers plus more than a dozen private owners displaying vehicles for nearly 200 attendees from Fairfield and beyond. Local dealers included Porsche of Fairfield, BMW of Bridgeport, Park City Ford, Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield, Miller-Nissan, Prestige VW of Stamford and Zane’s Bicycle Shop.

"Last year, the electric bikes on display were a huge hit and got lots of test rides, and this year, once again, we'll have e-bikes,” says Scott Thompson, Chairman of Fairfield’s Clean Energy Task Force (CETF). “We’re also expecting an even larger turnout of electric cars on September 10, including new models such as the Audi A3, BMW X5, and the incredible Tesla Model X. Local food trucks will be on hand to provide refreshments too.”

See the short video report on last year’s EV Showcase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZjU-91MYPg.

The Electric Vehicle Showcase has been organized by Town committees including the Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee and the Fairfield Earth Day Committee in addition to the Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force. For more information and to register to display an EV vehicle, please go to https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=613.

Fairfield Electric Vehicle media contact: Jim Motavalli, (203) 610-0549, jmotavalli@gmail.com.

The photo shows First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force Chair Scott Thompson.