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Celebrate Earth Day by checking out electric vehicles at Fort Payne EVent

BIRMINGHAM – More electric vehicle models are available than ever before, from full-sized pick-up trucks to sedans, SUVs and sleek sports cars.

EV owners associated with local chapters of Drive Electric Alabama will showcase a variety EVs at Earth Day events in four cities – including Fort Payne – this month. Three of the EVents are set for Saturday in Mobile, Enterprise and Fort Payne, followed by one in Birmingham on April 27.

(Drive Electric Alabama Contributed)

The Fort Payne EVent is hosted by the North Alabama chapter of Drive Electric Alabama. It will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Little River Canyon Center, 4322 Little River Trail, as part of Earth Fest. There is no charge for admission.

“While it’s true that we have more electric vehicles on Alabama highways than ever before, many people still have questions about EVs,” said Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition President Michael Staley, who helped plan and coordinate the EVents. “There are so many new models out there, and the EV market is evolving so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. That’s why talking to EV owners who are driving electric every day can be so valuable.”

Automobile manufacturers are increasingly offering EVs as an option for buyers, with all-electric vehicles being built by Mercedes-Benz in Tuscaloosa, Hyundai in Montgomery, Autocar in Pinson and New Flyer in Anniston.

“It’s always refreshing and fun for EV owners to show off their vehicles and answer questions,” said Dale Holden, a leader with the Bay Area Chapter of Drive Electric Alabama. “I encourage anyone that’s interested in buying an EV, or just learning more about them, to attend one of the Earth Day shows around the state.

“You just might find that going electric is more for you than you thought.”

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