I suddenly find myself in the market for a car again, which means I will again want an electric car to offset the large carbon footprint I created by driving a Caddy Eldo convertible for years. My quest takes me Saturday morning to Huntington Beach, a one-stop shopping destination for different models of electric vehicles (or EVs, as the cool kids call them).
The Electric Vehicle Festival, which culminates this week's National Drive Electric Week, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday along Pacific Coast Highway across from the Huntington Beach Hyatt Regency. Open to the public and presented by Plug-In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Vehicle Association, the fest boasts four football fields' worth of space filled with plug-in electric vehicles that ARE NOT prototypes but ARE available to own now.
BMW, Nissan, Porsche, Tesla, Toyota, Chevrolet, Fiat, Kia, Smart and Cadillac are among the automakers that will have models ready to test drive. There will also be concept cars and limited-edition supercars that you can't drive, so don't even ask. Innovative versions of other forms of transportation–from bicycles and skateboards to buses and electric boats–will also be displayed. Utility providers, photovoltaic companies, public charging station representatives, EV conversion manufactures and aftermarket retailers are also set for the event that has adopted UC Irvine and Edison High School as ambassador schools.
These electric vehicle proponents are scheduled to participate in a moderated panel discussion: Ed Kjaer, a Southern California Edison director and lifelong transportation electrification advocate; Kitty Adams, executive director of Adopt a Charger; and Harlan Flagg, CEO of Hollywood Electrics. There's even a local proponent: Huntington Beach City Councilman Joe Shaw.
For more information on the local fest, go to http://goo.gl/O8G3Mf, @NDEWHB on Twitter and NDEWHB via Facebook. For details on 125 other events across the country, visit https://driveelectricweek.org/index.php.