Preview electric vehicles at Berkeley farmers market event

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Preview electric vehicles at Berkeley farmers market event

Preview electric vehicles at Berkeley farmers market event

BERKELEY —  Some of the newest electric vehicles on the market will be on display at Saturday’s Downtown Farmers Market in association with National Drive Electric Week.

The farmers market will be at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9.

The electric cars will be in the Civic Center parking lot at 1980 Allston Way from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vehicles on display and available for a possible test drive include Nissan LEAF, Ford C-Max, Chrysler Pacifica Minivan, Fiat 500e, and Toyota Prius Prime, according to a city announcement.

“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,” the release says. “Supporting and promoting alternative and more sustainable energy sources is a Citywide goal, coordinated by our Office of Energy and Sustainable Development.”

Information on residential electric vehicle charging stations, and about charging an EV in a garage or driveway, is available here.

There are public EV charging stations at the Berkeley Marina, West Branch Berkeley Library, Oxford Garage, and Telegraph/Channing Garage, according to the city.

Some current owners of EVs will be at Saturday’s event to discuss their experiences. Owners who want their car to be part of the event can register here. Community organizations, including the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, Sierra Club, League of Women Voters, and 350 Bay Area, will provide information about tax credits, rebates and discounts.

Also available at Saturday’s event will be information on how to charge EVs through rooftop solar installations and community choice energy programs, according to the release.

Berkeley’s Drive Electric event is co-hosted by the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition and the Ecology Center, with the support of the cities of Oakland, Albany, and El Cerrito.

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Published at Wed, 06 Sep 2017 22:12:04 +0000