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7/15/2020 - As Americans Get Back on the Road, the SFTF Offers Resources for a Planet-Friendly Ride

Fairfield’s Virtual “Green Wheels Expo” Will Showcase Popular Electric Vehicles

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As COVD-19 restrictions continue to ease, more car-driving Americans will be getting back on the road – perhaps with new awareness of their ride’s impact on the climate.  In fact, a study by the Global Climate Project found that, at the peak of the pandemic shutdown in April, the world cut its daily CO2 emissions by 17%, with much of the dip due to reduced transportation pollution, mostly involving cars and trucks.

Cutting further emissions of harmful greenhouse gases is critical to a healthy environment – so if you’re interested in switching to a more planet-friendly electric vehicle, the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force (SFTF) offers lots of resources for learning more.

Earth Week Webinar and Intro to EVs:  The SFTF’s online Fairfield Earth Week celebration in April featured a group discussion – viewable on You Tube here -- of the key features and advantages of EV ownership led by local EV experts and enthusiasts including SFTF members Ron Blumenfeld, Daphne Dixon, Mary Hogue and Phil Levieff; Barry Kresch and Demetri Spantidos of the EV Club of CT; EV owner Peter Lombardo; automotive writer and SFTF member Jim Motavalli, and State Representative Brian Farnen.

“Plug-in” vehicle sales totaled 329,000 in the US last year and 1.9 million globally, but consumers still need to become more knowledgeable about EVs, Motavalli noted in the discussion.  “Education and outreach are critical” in getting more potential buyers acquainted with EV benefits, Dixon said, including easy maintenance, increased range, cost efficiency and, not least, the huge “fun factor.”

The EV Club of CT offers on the Earth Week Website virtual introductions to several popular EV models including the Tesla Model S, Model 3 and Model X; Kia Soul, and Chevy Bolt and Volt, all viewable here.

More Tips & Guidance:  Visit the SFTF Website here for links to details of available EV models, an EV buying guide from the Sierra Club, federal and state financial incentives for an EV purchase, information on leasing or buying a used EV, and incentives for home charging stations.  Plug-In America also offers a concise guide to EV models and charging stations here.

Coming in the Fall – SFTF’s Celebration of National Drive Electric Week:  From Sept. 26 to Oct. 4, the SFTF will host the Town of Fairfield’s annual celebration of National Drive Electric Week, a nationwide event to build awareness of the benefits of all-electric and hybrid-electric cars and other vehicles.  In recent years, Fairfield has marked the week with an open-air “Green Wheels Expo” display of leading EV models, Connecticut’s largest such event and one of the largest nationwide.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Expo might not offer an open-air event but, regardless, there will a week-long online event with informational features and virtual activities providing an exciting look at  the growing world of EVs.  More details will be available here and on the SFTF Website in coming weeks.

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About the SFTFThe 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 www.fairfieldct.org/sftf