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I love Maine because it's such a rural state with so many beautiful natural places. Because we're such a rural state, though, it can take a while to get from place to place in a car. All of the pollution generated by our cars and trucks is Maine's largest contributor to climate-changing pollution that threatens our air quality, our environment, our health, and our economy. Electric cars are an exciting way to reduce pollution and get around to see all the great things Maine has to offer! As charging infrastructure expands across the state, vehicle technology improves, and the prices of electric cars continue to drop, there's no better time to see what all the electric car hype is about.
Please join me for any or all three of these Maine Drive Electric events. They are fun, free, informative ways to get behind the wheel of different electric cars and enjoy free food. What a unique way to learn more about these vehicles and the future of transportation—and reducing your personal pollution levels.
Saturday, September 16, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
South Paris, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, 256 Main Street, South Paris (If you got a postcard invite from NRCM, note the location was incorrect)
- A free, fun event with many electric cars to ride in or drive. Come see the new Chevy Bolt among many others and stay to chat with other fellow Mainers considering going electric.
- Chat with electric car owners from the Maine Electric Vehicle Association about their experiences driving electric in Maine.
- Celebrate with a ribbon cutting for three new electric car chargers and their solar tracker. Hear ReVision Energy, NRCM, and others talk about electric cars in Maine
- EV 101 talks throughout the day from Paris Autobarn owner Tony Giambro and Education Outreach Coordinator Travis Richie, so you can learn more and ask all your questions about going electric in Maine!
- Enjoy free pizza and refreshments while learning the latest on EVs in Maine!
Sunday, September 17, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, South Portland
Free, fun event featuring dozens of electric cars to ride in and drive—EV models currently registered to attend include a Tesla Model S and Model X, Chevy Bolt and Volt, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, and many more!
- Free coffee and cupcakes from Bard Coffee of Portland. Enjoy free pizza (delivered via electric car!) from Portland House of Pizza, too.
- Free raffle with prizes, including NRCM ”swag,” when you test drive any electric vehicle.
- Chat with electric car owners, car dealers, electric utilities, and experts from Maine’s leading environmental organization, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM).
Do you own an electric car? If you are one of the 500+ Mainers who owns an EV, then this is the event of the year for you to show off your car and chat with your fellow current and future EV drivers. You can also check out and use South Portland's free public charging stations and try one of their DC "fast chargers."
Wednesday, October 4, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (If you got a postcard from NRCM, note the timing has changed.)
Brunswick Landing (29 Sewall Street, Southern Maine Community College Midcoast Campus Student Commons, Brunswick)
Enjoy an extended lunch hour to come and test drive some electric cars. Cars expected at the ride and drive include the Chevy Volt and Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius Prime Audi A3 E-tron, Ford, and VW EGulf.
Come, take a spin, get some information about EVs from multiple dealerships around the state that carry electric cars, and talk to NRCM about why electric cars make sense in Maine.
If you are thinking an electric car might be in your future this is the perfect opportunity to see what's available, get behind the wheel, talk to many Maine people who drive them, and learn about the newest, cleanest way to cut air pollution and gas costs.
Tailpipes are Maine’s largest source of climate-changing pollution. As charging stations continue to expand around Maine and electric car prices are now comparable to conventional cars, electric vehicles are becoming more and more practical. This fall you have three great chances to find out what all the fuss is about!
If you own an electric car, please join us to show it off at either of the September events and share your experiences with others, including prospective electric car owners. If you’re interested in doing so, please let me know.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Climate and Clean Energy Outreach Coordinator
P.S. While you've got electric cars and clean transportation on your mind, take action! Trump’s EPA is re-opening the review of clean car standards. This could mean possibly slashing fuel efficiency standards and slamming the brakes on clean car progress. Submit your comments here and tell the EPA that you want clean car standards.