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An angel from one of the Electric Agent Guest Drive contest by NV Activity and the Nevada Department of Transportation. (Photo: NV Energy)
Itching to analysis drive several electric car models in the Biggest Little City?
Motorists in Reno-Sparks will get the adventitious to sample assorted electric cartage or EVs this advancing Saturday — provided they annals online and nab an accessible slot.
The Nevada Department of Busline and NV Activity are teaming up to authority their latest Electric Agent Guest Drive accident on July 13 at the account company’s Neil Alley facility. It is the program’s fourth accessible analysis active accident in the accompaniment and the added one in Reno, which captivated its aboriginal accident aftermost October. The added active contest were captivated in Las Vegas.
“We appetite to accord barter the adequacy of actuality able to blow and feel electric cartage and deflate any questions they ability accept (about them),” said Sarah Chatterjee, administrator of renewable activity programs for NV Energy. “Many of our barter accept never gotten to drive an electric agent and we appetite to accommodate them a fun way to do it.”
With added than seven models to try, alike association who accept apprenticed an EV afore could get some added breadth from the accident if they’re absorbed in comparing altered vehicles. Models that will be at the accident accommodate Tesla’s Model S, 3 and X; the BMW i3 REX; and the Mitsubishi Outlander.
Even if you absence out on a aperture for a analysis drive, you can still appear the accident aloof to booty a attending at the cartage up close. Previous contest about get amid 150 bodies to 200 bodies analysis active cars but they additionally see up to 300 bodies endlessly by aloof to see the vehicles, Chatterjee said.
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Asked if drivers can analysis out appearance in some of the cartage such as Tesla’s Autopilot, Chatterjee responded that they can do whatever is accustomed by the law. Active is additionally alone accustomed aural a set course.
“They can accomplish the agent aural the guidelines accustomed on the road,” Chatterjee said. “Safety is a actual important affair for us as well.”
Each car will additionally accept an EV able accompanying the analysis drivers who can allocution about the cartage and acknowledgment questions. Attendees who do not appetite to drive a agent additionally can accept an EV able do the active instead.
In accession to allowance consumers get acclimatized with the vehicles, addition active force abaft the affairs is to accession acquaintance about the state’s growing cardinal of electric charging stations.
NV Activity provides incentives for businesses, for example, to install electric agent charging stations on their premises. NDOT additionally wants to accession acquaintance about Nevada’s accretion electric charging network.
“Following up on the enactment of the Nevada Electric Highway, this accident is addition way we are appreciative to abutment the busline options which will accumulate Nevada safe and affiliated able-bodied into the future,” said Meg Ragonese, NDOT spokeswoman. “It additionally provides Nevadans an added befalling to participate in added environmentally-sustainable busline options.”
Folks who absence the accident or are clumsy to get a analysis active aperture will accept addition befalling to booty allotment ancient in the fall, with addition analysis drive planned in the bounce as well. Scheduling contest can sometimes be catchy in Reno due to weather.
“We appetite to accomplish abiding we accept good, bright acclimate and no ice on the roads,” Chatterjee said.
IF YOU GO
The Electric Agent Guest Drive accident will be captivated on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NV Energy’s capital appointment architecture at 6100 Neil Alley in Reno. To booty allotment in a analysis drive annals at: http://electriccarguestdrive.com/reno7-13.
Jason Hidalgo covers business and technology for the Reno Gazette Journal, and additionally reviews video amateur as allotment of his Technobubble features. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo. Like this content? Support bounded journalism with an RGJ agenda subscription.
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