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Explore benefits of electric cars and e-bikes

Berkeley, California (Monday, September 10, 2018) - Come see and learn about the newest electric and plug-in hybrid cars, and test ride electric bikes at a Sept. 15 event highlighting the benefits of zero-emission transportation.

Bring friends, bring the kids to this family-friendly event featuring a bounce house and art activities.

The downtown Berkeley event will give the curious a chance to explore vehicles that 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 hybrid cars offer a significant range, options for every budget, and the convenience of charging at home, work or on the road.

Ride Electric at Farmers Market
Civic Center Park
1940 Allston Way
Saturday Sept. 15, 11am-3pm
Please register
Cars and bikes include: BMW i3; Chevrolet Bolt; Nissan LEAF; Tesla; Toyota Prius Prime; Ford GoBike Plus; and, Trek

The federal tax credit, and state and utility rebates, also make electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids more affordable to purchase or lease. Charging a car battery is far less expensive than filling up on gas. And, since electric vehicles do not include many of the moving components of a gas powered car, maintenance costs are also much lower. Imagine never changing your oil again.

E-bikes, which can provide a boost for hilly or long commutes and recreational rides, can help drivers get out of their cars and start pedaling. E-bikes can help you climb longer, adventure farther, or just get there a bit faster without a sweat. With e-bikes, you avoid parking fees or fill-ups.

At the Sept 15 event, current electric vehicle owners will be on hand to share their experiences. If you own an electric vehicle and are interested in showcasing your car or bike, please register. The event will also include resources for accessing clean electricity for your vehicle or bike through rooftop solar, East Bay Community Energy, and more. 

Transportation accounts for 41% of greenhouse gases statewide - the single largest contributor - and made up 56% of Berkeley's emissions in 2015. Increasing the number of electric vehicles and bicycles on the road are key strategies of Berkeley's voter-inspired Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Electric vehicles and bikes, without any tailpipe emissions, greatly reduce carbon emissions and local air pollution, helping us reach our climate goals while improving air quality throughout the region. 

Supporting and promoting alternative and more sustainable forms of transportation is a citywide goal, coordinated by our Transportation Division, which implements the City Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans, and the 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, Telegraph/Channing Garage, and the soon to open Center Street Garage.

Berkeley's September 15 Ride Electric  event is supported by our neighboring cities of El Cerrito, Albany, and Oakland, and is co-hosted by the Ecology Center. Join us at the Farmers' Market this Saturday. Explore and better understand how electric cars and bikes work and can help you save money, improve your commute, and protect our environment.


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