On Saturday, April 30th from 11am-2pm, a group of over 20 Electric Vehicles (EVs) and their drivers will gather at Olympia High School for an Electric Vehicle Car Show. The event is non-commercial, no sales or promotions of specific models or manufacturers are to be done. Rather, it’s an opportunity for the public to talk to everyday people who drive electric vehicles, get their questions answered, and learn from the experiences of others.
The April 30th Electric Vehicle Car Show at Olympia High features more than 20 different EV models from at least a dozen manufacturers. The event is co-sponsored by the Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) in partnership with Olympia High School Climate Action Club. The event is a collaboration with Drive Electric Earth Day and National events taking place in over 100 locations across the country. Drive Electric Earth Day is presented by Plug In America, the Electric Vehicle Association, the Sierra Club, and EVHybridNoire.
With growing interest in EV’s fueled by cost savings, geopolitics, and the climate crisis, drivers may find it helpful to get their questions and concerns addressed by fellow community members who have already made the switch. While most drivers are paying over $4/gallon for gasoline, EV drivers continue to pay PSE the equivalent of about $1.50/gallon for electricity.
The Olympia School District has recently begun acquiring electric school buses, and one of them will be at the show for the public to see. The buses will provide a healthier ride for students without diesel emissions. Plus, the district will have lower fuel and maintenance costs.
The TCAT Electric Vehicle Action Group has held several pop-up “EV Flash Mobs” throughout the past year, showing up with their EV’s ready to answer questions and promote the transition to fossil-fuel free transportation. The group focuses on the “clean transition” in part because transportation is the largest source of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in Washington State and the second highest source in Thurston County. Hence, they work to support and lead the community in fostering solutions to our climate emergency through the adoption of Electric Vehicles through both private and public ownership. Interested parties can find more information about the EV Car show on the Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) website, as well as extensive information and Frequently Asked Questions regarding Battery Electric Vehicles.