Waterbury LEAP is internet hosting the fourth Electrical Car Fest – Waterbury Roundabout on August 18th

Those interested in learning more about energy efficient transportation can ask questions and see a variety of electric vehicles in person at the Waterbury LEAP Electric Vehicle Fest at Crossett Brook Middle School on Wednesday August 18.

This is the fourth time the non-profit energy organization has organized such an event for local residents to meet experts in the field and connect with neighbors who already own all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Participation is free and takes place in the school cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with pizza, drinks and ice cream for the participants.

The exhibits provide information on incentives for electric vehicles, charging equipment, electric lawn machines, e-bikes and more. Dave Roberts of Drive Electric Vermont will give a presentation on electric vehicles with Vermont specific details and answer questions.

These annual events are aimed at those considering their first purchase or leasing of an electric vehicle, as well as current electric vehicle drivers interested in the latest technological developments. Electric vehicle owners in the community are encouraged to attend to share their experiences.

The LEAP organizers expect attendees to display 15-20 different local electric vehicles that they can check out outside on the curb. “The goal is to have a variety of current car brands and models to show that regardless of your transportation needs, there are EV options for everyone,” said LEAP coordinator Alayna Howard.

The guest list so far includes owners of the Ford Mustang Mach-e, several Tesla models including the Model 3 and Model Y, several plug-in hybrids from Toyota, and more.

At this event, COVID-19 precautions will be taken, including adequate indoor distancing, masking requirements for unvaccinated participants, and hand disinfection stations. Around 150 people attended LEAP’s last electric vehicle event in 2019.

Waterbury Local Energy Action Partnership (LEAP) is both a not-for-profit organization and Waterbury’s voluntary energy committee. More information online at WaterburyLeap.org.

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