Imagine cars powered by clean, domestic electricity instead of imported oil and all its problems. Consider they are more fun to drive than an oil-powered car, with instant torque and smooth and quiet acceleration. They get the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon and emit zero tailpipe pollution. They also save some green, as they can be filled up for the equivalent of $1 per gallon.
There are now more than 13,000 of these modern electric cars on the roads of California, and some of them, along with an expanding array of hybrid cars, will be displayed Wednesday in downtown Ventura at the fourth annual Ventura Green Car Show. The event is part of the Sierra Club Green Block at the city of Ventura’s Fourth of July Street Fair.
New this year will be a special “owners corner” where attendees can talk with residents and see their electric cars.
The eye-catching Tesla Roadster will be back again. This all-electric sports car goes 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and is rated by the EPA at an amazing 119 miles per gallon equivalent. Owners will also be showing off a Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf — among the first of a dozen electric vehicles that will be available to the public by the end of this year.
Many electric vehicle owners are “driving on sunshine,” having invested in solar power for their homes. Going solar with an electric vehicle makes sense, as 2 kilowatts of solar power cost about $8,000 and can power an electric vehicle 12,000 miles annually for more than 25 years.
While in downtown Ventura, make sure to check out some of the 10 new electric vehicle charging stations the city recently installed in the downtown and waterfront parking garages, and at City Hall. While electric car drivers usually charge up conveniently at home while they sleep, new stations in Ventura, Ojai, Thousand Oaks, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and across California make it easy to visit neighboring cities.
The Ventura Green Car Show will also display hybrid vehicles, which now come in all shapes and sizes, from efficient small sedans to SUVs and luxury vehicles.
The Green Block showcases groups promoting the enjoyment and protection of the environment. The local chapter of the Sierra Club organizes the Green Block and will have a booth sharing information on its latest activities. The Sierra Club will also have information on the many hikes and outdoor excursions it leads in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, the Sierra Nevada and other parts of California.