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USA: Green Wheels: Our Plugged-In Rally

If you live in Connecticut (or just across its borders) and have an electric car or plug-in hybrid, it’s worth considering taking part in an exciting road rally planned for the weekend after Earth Day.

The first annual Connecticut EV Road Rally takes place Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by an informal get-together. The course is 40 miles of scenic territory, beginning at the Westport railroad station, which has solar-enabled EV charging on the eastbound side, and ending at the Blu Parrot Restaurant. Free sliders for all! Registration is $50 per car.

John Shuck, the rallymaster and one of two organizers of the now-defunct Westport Concours D’Elegance, says, “We want to have an inclusive event, and show to the 90-pound lady driving the 5,000-pound SUV that you can use an electric car as a daily vehicle, taking it to the store and everywhere else.”

The Westport Electric Car Club, which has members from all over Connecticut, is organizing the rally. According to member Scott Thompson, who drives a Nissan Leaf, “The group is made up of many different types of people, but the most common thread is enthusiasm, and more specifically enthusiasm for automotive technology. We love cool cars, and EVs are really, really cool.”

Several WECC members own Teslas, both the Roadster and Model S, there’s a smattering of Nissan Leafs, Smart Electric Drives, Prius Plug-In Hybrids and Chevrolet Volts, and some oddballs such as a three-wheeled Corbin Sparrow and a Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar. Often, the meetings are held at the Dragone Classic Motorcars showroom, with the modern EVs making a nice contrast with the antique iron on view. (The Dragones also own an 1898 Riker, which could be the oldest electric car in existence.)


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