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Fairfield Celebrates “National Drive Electric Week”
With the Green Wheels Expo on Oct. 2
EVs Will Parade from Westport to Fairfield to Mark Celebration
September 20, 2021 – The Town of Fairfield’s annual celebration of electric vehicles (EVs) – cars, trucks, bikes and more – is back this year, giving attendees a close-up look at transportation’s emissions-free future via an open-air exhibition and parade of today’s newest and most exciting EVs.
Hosted by the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force (SFTF), the “Green Wheels Expo” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Bob’s Stores/Fairfield Shopping Center, 889 Post Road. The event’s sponsors include Action Waste Solutions, Connecticut Southwestern Area Clean Cities, Eco Evolution, Live Green CT, Maritime Chevrolet, Mow Green, and William Leavy Architecture PLLC.
The free, seventh annual event will bring together local EV dealers, electric car club members, and private EV owners from Connecticut and throughout the tri-state region to display the latest electric vehicles. The celebration will also be marked by a parade of owner driven EVs that will make its way from Westport to Fairfield and arrive at the GWE site at about 11 a.m.
A Town-Wide Commitment to Clean Transportation
First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said, “Our annual Green Wheels Expo is just one more way that we, as a town, are showing our strong commitment to clean, environmentally responsible transportation. It’s a commitment that we also are demonstrating via one of Connecticut’s largest networks of EV charging stations, our initiative to make our streets both pedestrian- and bike-friendly, and our ongoing effort to ‘green’ the town’s vehicle fleet.
“I want to thank Steve Warren for graciously offering the Fairfield Shopping Center parking lot as the event venue,” she said. “And I want to invite all of our residents to come out and learn for themselves just how appealing, economical and fun electric-powered transportation can be.”
The Expo marks Fairfield’s observance of National Drive Electric Week (NDEW), September 25-Oct. 3, a nationwide event to heighten awareness of the widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and to highlight the benefits of all-electric and hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. Fairfield’s Expo has emerged as one of the New England region’s most distinctive EV exhibitions and is firmly within the top ranks of exhibitions nationally in terms of number of vehicles on display.
Featured vehicles at the Expo will include models from Park City Ford (the Mustang Mach-E and the Escape plug-in hybrid) as well as Polestar and Volvo, plus Greater Bridgeport Transit’s Proterra electric bus.
EV Owners Invited to Display Their Vehicles
Privately owned vehicles on display – representing more than 435,000 electric miles driven – will include the Mini Cooper SE Hardtop, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Tesla Model Y, Toyota RAV4 Prime, Vectrix Electric Scooter and Volkswagen e-Golf, and Zero Motorcycle. Local EV owners are invited to bring their vehicles to showcase at the event; for information on how to register a vehicle, please visit the Fairfield event page on the NDEW Website.
The Green Wheels Expo also will offer informational displays on the Sierra Club, Save the Sound, the Pollinator Pathway initiative, and the regional Transportation and Climate Initiative Program to cap and reduce greenhouse gases. Live Green/CT Southwestern Area Clean Cities will provide information about electric police vehicles, school buses, municipal vehicles, and electric vehicle incentives, as well as Electric Vehicle Readiness Zoning Regulations.
The event will be conducted under the NDEW’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. All attendees and onsite volunteers will be required to wear face masks whenever they are within six feet of another person; attendees and volunteers should stay at least six feet apart when not wearing a mask. Attendees will not be permitted to enter the vehicles on display.
People can travel to the event by bus from points between Norwalk and Milford via Greater Bridgeport Transit’s Coastal Link, with a stop at the corner of Post Road and North/South Benson Road. Please visit https://gogbt.com/routes-maps/route-7/ for schedule details.
To view videos featuring Fairfield enthusiasts describing their EV experiences, please visit the SFTF Facebook page. For more information on National Drive Electric Week, please visit their Website.
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The SFTF provides support for Town practices and projects that can help Fairfield manage its growth to safeguard the health of its environment, ensure the reliability and economical use of its natural resources, and preserve the quality of life of its residents – today and for the future. For more information, please visit https://www.fairfieldct.org/sftf