OLD SAYBROOK — “Electrify Your Drive!” event takes place at Saybrook Point 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21.
Electric vehicles are not just modern-day hybrids or sleek high-tech wonders. The show will include two rare vintage electric cars from the award-winning Lillie Collection of Gales Ferry. These cars, which date back to turn-of-the- (previous) century, circa 1900, have been featured in magazine articles and TV shows and have won many awards at Concours d’Elegance events.
Electric vehicles are not new; they comprised 38 percent of all automobiles in the United States in the year 1900.
We are now in a renaissance of EVs with many high-performance sports cars, sedans, SUVs, and even pickup trucks now or soon to be available in EV format, many with longer (over-200-mile) driving ranges.
At the Saybrook Point event, experienced EV owners will discuss why they are enthusiastic about their all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and how they use them on their daily commutes and longer distance drives, as well as how they “refuel” by charging the cars’ batteries.
The Old Saybrook event is part of the ninth annual National Drive Electric Week and is one of more than 300 local events nationwide. Last year’s event at Saybrook Point attracted over 100 participants, including 23 EV drivers who brought their own vehicles to display. This year's event will include a question-and-answer session inside the Pavilion building with a panel of EV owners/drivers and EV experts from local auto dealers.
Saybrook Point Inn (adjacent to the venue) will provide gift certificates to its Fresh Salt restaurant for raffle prizes to be awarded at the Q&A session. Attendees will learn about special savings programs for Connecticut EV drivers, including state rebates and federal tax credits, for purchasing and leasing electric vehicles.
Plug-in vehicles by Nissan, Chevrolet, Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, Audi, Toyota, Honda, Tesla, BMW, and other automakers will be displayed and some will be available for test ride and drives. Local auto dealers will provide vehicles for test drives. Participating dealers include Grossman Chevrolet, Grossman Nissan, Westbrook Honda, Westbrook Toyota, Old Saybrook Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz of New London, and Hoffman Audi of New London. All Green It Solar will also be present to discuss solar panel installation.
The event takes place at the Saybrook Point Pavilion, 155 College St., Old Saybrook. The town of Old Saybrook is hosting the event. The Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club is a local sponsor. Local auto dealers are providing support. Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers. The Nissan LEAF is the exclusive national automotive sponsor.