Two free electric vehicle expos coming to Michiana: one at Notre Dame, other in Goshen

Sep 23, 2021

A Nissan LEAF charging at a station in Houston, Texas, that has both DC fast chargers and lower-level chargers.
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Michiana has two free electric vehicle expos coming up in celebration of National Drive Electric Week.

The first takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 25 in the parking lot of the University of Notre Dame’s Innovation Park and features test drives and discussions with local EV owners. It’s part of the 15th annual Notre Dame Energy Week.

Attendees can get behind the wheel of sixteen electric vehicles, including the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Nissan LEAF, Smart fortwo electric and Tesla Model S.

There will also be several plug-in hybrid vehicles including the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, Kia Niro, Honda Clarity, Toyota Prius Prime and Toyota RAV4 Prime.

A demo vehicle from local EV manufacturer Electric Last Mile Solutions may also be present.

The second expo is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 1 in the Goshen City Hall parking lot and also features test drives and discussions with local EV owners.

Scheduled vehicles include the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Models S, 3 and Y and the plug-in hybrid Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, Goshen’s director of the Department of Environmental Resilience Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, said in a news release that in addition to the city’s existing EV charging station, the city plans to soon install two additional stations — one at the Goshen Public Library and the other in the public parking lot near Goshen Brewing Company.

Representatives from local environmental nonprofit South Shore Clean Cities will be present at both events to provide details on what electric vehicles can be purchased in Michiana, how and where to find EV charging stations and what incentives are available for purchasing EVs or providing charging infrastructure at homes and businesses.

Contact Jakob at jlazzaro@wvpe.org or follow him on Twitter at @JakobLazzaro.

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