[Spotlight] Electric car show to be held in High Point
*Editor’s note: The time has been changed for the car show to 2 to 6 p.m., not 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.–as it appears in the print version.
The second week of September marks the National Drive Electric Week in the United States. To celebrate, The Electric Motor Club of High Point is hosting an electric car show.
David Allen, the co-founder of the Electric Motor Club of High Point, wrote in an email that National Drive Electric Week began in 2011 to help educate the public about the benefits of electric vehicles and internal combustion engines.
“The best advocates of EVs are the owners of EVs, and events like this allow people to meet them, ask questions, and to explore the technology without someone trying to sell them something,” Allen wrote. “People interested in driving electric can learn from the people who do it every day, and can get answers to their questions about the future of transportation.”
The Electric Motor Club of High Point was organizing the car show for Sept. 15, but due to Hurricane Florence, the event may be rescheduled to Sept. 22 from 2 until 6 p.m. at the Deep River Friends Meeting, located at West Wendover and Penny Road in High Point.
At the car show, attendees will be able to check out and ride in models such as 2014 Toyota Rav4 EV, 2016 Nissan Leaf EV, 2017 Chevy Volt PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric) and of course, a 2018 Tesla Model 3 EV.
“By taking a ride, people will be able to experience the almost zen-like, quiet ride, the surprising power and deft handling of electric driving,” Allen wrote. “What they won’t get is exhaust fumes and the expense that comes with burning gasoline. We will have videos and an introductory seminar that explains why everyone should look for an EV as their next car.”
Allen is very passionate about electric vehicles and believes the current mode of transportation is unsustainable with oil as a finite commodity.
“Up until the last few years, the major knock against EVs were cost and range,” Allen wrote. “Electric motors were cheap, but batteries were expensive, heavy and had low energy density compared to carbon fuels. But that has slowly changed. The cost and weight of batteries have fallen while their energy density has increased.”
Allen said the advantages of driving an electric vehicle are not having a tailpipe pumping out noxious/poisonous fumes, electricity is cheaper than gas because rates don’t fluctuate, and low maintenance (no more oil changes, water pumps, fuel pumps, oxygen sensors, catalytic converters, exhaust manifolds, mufflers, timing belts, hoses, radiators, alternators, or transmissions).
“What about the battery pack and motor?” Allen wrote. “They are covered by most EV makers with an eight-year, 100K mile warranty, pretty much like current ICEVs. Batteries do lose capacity over time (0.5 percent to 1 percent a year), but that just means the range is reduced, it doesn’t mean the car stops moving. Electric motors can easily last for half a million miles. Looking forward, each year batteries get cheaper, more energy dense, and more reliable, while the grid (thanks to wind turbines and solar farms) gets cleaner. EVs have more in common with smartphones and computers than they do traditional automobiles.”
Allen wrote that electric vehicles are the future. He hopes that people will come out to the electric car show to see the benefits of driving an electric car for themselves.