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Event Offers Up-Close Looks at, Test Drives of Electric Vehicles


If you’re curious about what driving an electric vehicle is like, Wednesday is your chance.

Plug-ins like the BMW i3, Chevy Bolt and Volt, Nissan LEAF and Toyota Prius Prime will be available to look at and test drive at Guthrie Green from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of National Drive Electric Week. Event organizer Tulsa Area Clean Cities is working on securing a Tesla model, too.

INCOG Energy Programs Coordinator Adriane Jaynes said newer electric cars perform much better than their predecessors in range and how well they drive, and the agency is working to expand charging options away from home.

"There's several charges in downtown garages and at the airport that have all been added in the last few months, and we're also working on a fast charging network for the city as well," Jaynes said. "Hopefully, that will be installed in the next few months."

The benefits of electric vehicles aren’t just environmental.

"Many types of EVs are built and manufactured and designed all in the United States, and the energy is produced here in the United States," Jaynes said. "And so, it's a great source of economic activity for both the energy side and for the car production side."

The Guthrie Green event is Tulsa’s first foray into National Drive Electric Week.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.