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Event promotes electric energy
by Andrea Tyrell
Sep 26, 2013 | 1060 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In August 2013, the United States hosted the largest fleet of home owned electric cars in the world, with 133,000 electric plug-in and hybrid cards on the road. As the US auto industry introduces more environmentally friendly electric cars to the market, the number of non-gas powered cars will increase.

The Truckee Meadows may not seem like the ideal spot to  In order to introduce more people to the concept of the electric car,  NV Energy will host northern Nevada’s National Plug-In Day this Sunday at Idlewild Park in Reno. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., National Plug-In Day organizers will answer the questions and concerns about different types of electric vehicles. Renewable energy companies from all over the Truckee Meadows will also be on hand to introduce energy-efficient products for the home and office.

“More than 70 cities across the US will be participating in this event but this year is the second year Reno has participated in National Plug-In Day,” said Travis Johnson, program manager of electric transportation for NV Energy and organizer of Sunday’s event. He is excited to introduce the concept of the electric car to skeptics. “There are more electric cars on the road but some people still have questions about how they exactly work and the benefits behind owning and driving one.”

The average price of gasoline in Sparks is $3.63 a gallon and is expected to rise. Instead of using gasoline at that unstable price, Johnson explains that those using an electric car pay only $1.18 a gallon.

“There are so many benefits to having an electric car,” said Johnson. “You have the lower gas cost, but they are also cleaner, more quiet and reduce our need for foreign oil.”

Considered to be the best car on the current market, the electric plug-in Tesla Model S won Motor Trends’s 2013 Car of the Year award and last year, the Model S achieve the highest safety rating of any car tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those curious about the Tesla Model S’s safety and performance will be able to test drive the vehicle at the event.

“There will be a show-and-shine car show where electric cars owners can come and show off their cars,” said Johnson. “There will also be food trucks and live music.”

Sparks business Sunvelope Solar will be on site, demonstrating their newest solar hot water heater. In business since 2007, Sunvelope manufactures solar heating products that used in warm homes and melt snow.

“We’re going to show people how the machine works,” said Pete Moklet, director of Sunvelope’s marketing. “They will be able to actually see how hot the water gets using the system and they’ll be able to ask questions. We want them to know about the things we can do with solar heating.”

“It’s all about outreach and public education,” said Johnson. “Last year, we had a good turnout. This year, we’re doing a good job about getting the word out. Everyone is excited about the electric car and we have a lot of fun teaching the public.”

For more information about National Plug-In Day, visit www.pluginday.org.
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