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Automotive

Learn about electric vehicle transformation

By From page C1 | February 17, 2012

SAN DIEGO — Learn about recent developments in the electric vehicle revolution sweeping across California during a presentation from 10:30 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane. The workshop will focus on plug-in electric vehicles and feature a panel of local owners discussing their experiences with PEVs in everyday life.

The workshop is being presented by the California Center for Sustainable Energy in partnership with the Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District, UC Davis and the City of Davis. The workshop is free, and refreshments will be provided. To register, go to www.energycenter.org/cvrp-events.

During the workshop, Colin Santulli, a PEV expert with CCSE’s transportation programs, will outline the financial and environmental benefits of PEV ownership and the currently available clean vehicle incentives. Santulli is conducting a series of workshops in cities throughout the state, promoting PEVs and the statewide Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, a program of the California Air Resources Board.

“By making the switch to cleaner, more efficient plug-in electric vehicles, individuals can reduce their use of petroleum and help create cleaner air for all of us,” Santulli said. “This workshop will be a great opportunity for people to learn about the first-hand experiences of their neighbors who already own PEVs.”

The difference between other electric vehicles and PEVs is that they are at least partially powered by batteries onboard that charge up from the electrical grid rather than hybrids that have electrically assisted combustion engines. Some PEVs are all-electric and are solely fueled by the electrical grid. Currently available PEVs include the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Tesla Roadster and others.

A Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Chevy Volt will be available for workshop attendees to test drive after the presentations. Other PEVs may be on display.

At the meeting, Santulli will also speak about the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project that provides cash incentives up to $2,500 for purchasing new PEVs that qualify. The project is part of statewide efforts to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions funded by the Air Resources Board. Representatives from Pacific Gas and Electric, Clipper Creek, and the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District are scheduled to give presentations aimed at consumers considering making the switch to a PEV.

The California Center for Sustainable Energy, a San Diego-based nonprofit, administers the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. The center is conducting workshops throughout the state in order to promote the project and to educate consumers on electric vehicle technologies, new electric vehicle charging infrastructure and important consumer information regarding these vehicles.

For information about the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, visit www.energycenter.org/cvrp.

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By Chuck Colgan, [email protected]

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of services that help people adopt greener practices and save energy and money through rebates, technical assistance and public education. For more information and workshop listings, visit www.energycenter.org or call 1-866-SDENERGY.

Enterprise staff

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