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Despite generous rebates and incentives, Connecticut drivers have been slow to plug into electric vehicles

Burlington Public Library

Burlington Public Library

While Connecticut drivers could go green and save some green by switching to an electric car, many still aren’t convinced an electric vehicle is right for them. To ease concerns about performance, range, and cost, CT Electric Car in Newington, is hosting an interactive and informative event “Discover the Power of Electric Cars“ on October 8th.

“People will be amazed by the improvements made to electric cars in such a short time,” said Ed Ingalls, owner of CT Electric Car. “In the past few years, more than 20 models of electric cars, including the prestigious Tesla, have become available at a much more affordable price and have the capability to travel double the distance between charges.”

In celebration of the 3rd anniversary of Connecticut’s first EV charging station showroom, attendees will enjoy family-friendly activities, free refreshments, and prizes, while checking out the latest cars, learning about generous rebates, and entering a drawing to win a free home charging system.

Industry experts will address all aspects of buying, leasing and operating an EV, including “range anxiety”, one of the top reasons cited for not owning an EV.

“For the past five years, we have partnered with the state to install public charging stations to create the infrastructure that makes it convenient to operate an electric car,” said Ingalls. “The goal is to provide stations within a 15 minute or less driving radius of any location in CT in order to prompt more drivers to choose EVs”.

Thanks to a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) grant program, there are now almost 250 free, publicly-accessible charging stations available at municipal facilities, colleges, schools and private businesses.

In recognition of the vital role CEC has played in supporting Governor Malloy’s clean air plan, top local political leaders will be on hand to share the state’s critical mission to create a  cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy future for Connecticut. According to DEEP, the transportation sector is the largest source of air pollution in Connecticut, accounting for 40% of all carbon dioxide emissions.

For easy charging at home, many car dealers provide discounts for purchasing electric vehicle supply equipment for a private residence at the time of vehicle purchase. Additionally, the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate offers rebates of up to $5,000 for Connecticut residents who purchase or lease a new eligible battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric or fuel cell electric vehicle.

While there is no deadline to apply, the program ends when funds are exhausted. There is currently over $450,000 still available.

Federal tax credits start at $4,000 and can go up to $8,000 depending on the vehicle’s fuel efficiency rating. The federal tax credit is set to expire on January 1, 2017.

“We understand there are many factors to consider before purchasing an electric vehicle and encourage everyone to get the facts at our event,” said Ingalls. “Now is the time to take advantage of rebates and incentives before they expire.”

“Discover the Power of Electric Cars“ takes place from 10:00AM – 2:00PM at CT Electric Car’s showroom at 72 Pane Rd in Newington where all of the latest options in home charging systems are on display. They also offer complimentary EV charging stations in the parking lot for drivers who need a quick, free charge. The 12,000 square foot showroom is also the headquarters of parent Newington Electric Company and CT Home Generator Systems.

For more information regarding electric car charging stations and tax incentives see www.ctelectriccar.com.

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