Marlboro Graduate School hosts electric vehicle fair

BRATTLEBORO — Are you thinking about buying or leasing an electric car or bicycle or are you interested in learning about the benefits of EV ownership?

Cruise over to the Electric Vehicle Demonstration and Forum at Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon St., on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

A wide range of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, along with electric-assisted bikes, cargo bikes, and electric scooters will be on display and available for test rides in the parking lot. Electric-vehicle owners and local dealers will be on hand to answer questions.

From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Taborri Bruhl and Dave Cohen will offer presentations on electric vehicles in Room 2 East. Exhibits will be available for viewing.

The presentations will be followed by a tour of the new electric vehicle charging station at the Brattleboro Transportation Center, 77 Flat St.

Organizers say more than half of all Vermont communities have plug-in electric vehicles registered. Owners spend the equivalent of $1 per gallon of gas to charge their vehicles and save $1,200 or more on annual maintenance costs.

EV purchasers are eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits. Electric vehicles accelerate faster than most equivalent gas-powered cars, and have increased traction for winter driving due to heavy batteries.

Proponents say EVs are quiet, produce zero tailpipe emissions, and are powered by renewable energy sources. If all Vermont cars were electric, motorists would save an estimated $800 million in gasoline costs every year.

The event is sponsored by Brattleboro Climate Protection, the Brattleboro Energy Committee, Marlboro College Graduate School, Brattleboro Food Co-op, and Soveren Solar.

Light refreshments will be served.

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