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The event in the Birmingham metro area was part of the National Drive Electric Week Showcase, which is being held at 300 similar locations across the country this week.
More than 350 visitors learned from electric vehicle (EV) owners on hand and got to see up close 25 new and used EVs from Nissan, Chevrolet, Tesla, Ford, BMW, Fiat, Toyota, Honda and Cadillac on display at the event.
“It was wonderful to have such great participation from electric vehicle owners and manufacturers,” said Mark Bentley, executive director of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition. “Electric vehicles make up the fastest-growing segment in the automobile industry in the United States and the EV owners who are here are among the best ‘salesmen’ there are, just by telling their stories of being on the road – and how much money they save by using electricity instead of gasoline.”
Here is Bentley describing the event on Bham Now’s Facebook page. On display behind him will be the “dancing” Tesla SUV.
Also on display was a a pair of Curtiss Motorcycle Company electric motorbikes. Curtiss a Birmingham-based company, was recently profiled in Bham Now. The local company manufactures and sells high-end, high-performance electric motorcycles.
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Along with locally built electric motorcycles, electric cars are being manufactured in Alabama.
“Electric vehicles are being built in 20 states, including Alabama, and the EV industry creates thousands of well-paying jobs in our state and country and reduces our dependence on foreign oil,” Bentley concluded.