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9/2/2015 - Fairfield Holds First Electric Vehicle Showcase: Residents Encouraged to Learn About Benefits of Driving Electric

First Selectman Mike Tetreau is pleased to announce that Fairfield’s first Electric Vehicle Showcase, which coincides with National Drive Electric Week, will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 11 am to 2 pm 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: https://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.