OAKLAND, CA — Visitors to the Marin Home and Garden Expo on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 will be able to test drive some of the newest models of electric cars at the Marin County Fairgrounds and Exhibit Hall, located at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael’s Marin County Civic Center complex. The “Experience Electric – The Better Ride” campaign will offer free electric vehicle (EV) test drives both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The ride-and-drive event will feature the BMW i3, Chevrolet Volt, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and Nissan LEAF. Licensed drivers can try out these EVs on a first-come, first-served basis and feel the differences between driving with electricity versus driving a gasoline-powered car. Those taking test drives will receive Experience Electric souvenir sunglasses.
“Test-driving at a dealer’s showroom can be a bit intimidating, but there’s no pressure or sales hype at our events,” said Vanessa Minei, Marketing Manager with the Center for Sustainable Energy, a partner in the Experience Electric campaign. “We’ve all seen EVs on the road, but this is a chance to try one out, have some fun and feel the electric experience.”
Experience Electric is a joint initiative of MTC, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and a consortium of EV organizations including the Center for Sustainable Energy. The campaign’s goal is to increase EV adoption throughout the nine-county Bay Area. Accelerating EV use is a key strategy for state and local governments to reduce emissions from gas-powered vehicles, improve air quality and achieve goals for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
MTC is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the agency chartered with protecting air quality in the Bay Area.