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ELECTRIC VEHICLE FAIR AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET
Sept. 9 event offers chance to explore benefits of several models

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, September 05, 2017) - Come see, learn about, and test drive the newest electric vehicles at a Sept. 9 event, an effort to highlight the benefits of electric and plug-in-hybrid cars.

The downtown Berkeley event will give the curious a chance to explore vehicles, which most people haven't owned but have a big environmental, economic and political impact: these cars reduce carbon emissions as well as dependence on foreign oil.

Unlike early models, today's electric and plug-in cars perform similarly or better than those with combustible engines, offer a significant range, are sometimes less costly and offer convenience of fueling.

Drive Electric Event at Farmers Market
Civic Center Parking Lot
1980 Allston Way
Center Street, between Milvia Street and Martin Luther King
Saturday Sept. 9, 11am-3pm
Vehicles include: Nissan LEAF, Ford C-Max, Chrysler Pacifica Minivan, Fiat 500e, and Toyota Prius Prime

Supporting and promoting alternative and more sustainable energy sources is a Citywide goal, coordinated by our Office of Energy and Sustainable Development. The City supports electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles by offering streamlined, online permitting for home charging stations, a pilot program that allows residents without off-street parking to install curbside stations adjacent to their homes, resources for businesses interested in electric vehicle (EV) charging, and public charging stations at the Berkeley Marina, West Branch Berkeley Library, Oxford Garage, and Telegraph/Channing Garage.

Current EV owners will be on hand to share their experiences. If you own an electric vehicle and are interested in discussing your experience, register to have your car be part of the event. Additionally, community organizations, such as the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, Sierra Club, League of Women Voters, and 350 Bay Area, will provide resources about tax credits, rebates and discounts such as SunShares

The event will also include resources for accessing clean electricity for your vehicle through rooftop solar, community choice energy programs, and more.  Berkeley's Drive Electric event is supported by our neighboring cities of Oakland, Albany, and El Cerrito, and is co-hosted by the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition and the Ecology Center.

The federal tax credit, and state and utility rebates, make EVs more affordable. Charging electric vehicles is far less expensive than filling up on gas, in pure cost terms about the same as $1 per gallon. Since EVs do not include many of the moving components of their fossil fuel counterparts, maintenance costs are also much more affordable. Never change your oil again.

Transportation accounts for 39% of greenhouse gases statewide - the single largest contributor - and made up 59% of Berkeley's emissions in 2014. Increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road is a key strategy of Berkeley's voter-inspired Climate Action Plan, which laid out a roadmap to have 33% fewer greenhouse gas emissions in Berkeley in 2020 than we did in 2000. The plan seeks to have 80% fewer emissions by 2050 compared to 2000.

Electric Vehicles, without any tailpipe emissions, greatly reduce local pollution, improving air quality throughout the region.  To make progress, all parts of our community need to take part, from residents, businesses and community groups.

Join us at the Farmers' Market next week. Explore and better understand how electric vehicles work and may help you.

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