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USA: See electric vehicles up close at Schoolcraft show

One of the EV cars at last year’s show was a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid. Look for its return at the fifth annual show on June 8.

The latest technology and products for electric vehicles will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Schoolcraft College in Livonia at the fifth annual Michigan Electric Vehicle Show.

The free show (and rally), the largest event for EV owners and exhibitors in the Midwest, takes place on the main campus (Parking Lot North) at Haggerty Road between Six and Seven Mile roads. The public is invited to see all kinds of EVs and plug-in hybrid cars up-close, talk to the owners and ride or drive many of the cars around the Schoolcraft campus.

The EVs include Ford Motor Co.’s C-MAX and Fusion; Chevrolet’s Volt; Nissan’s Leaf; Tesla’s Roadster and Model S; Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV; Detroit Electric Roadster; Toyota’s Prius Plug-In; Think EV; Smart EV; plus electric scooters and performance EV motorcycles.

Other vehicles on display will include conversions like Chevy S10, Austin Healy Sprite, Fiat X19, Ford Escort, PT Cruiser, Porshe Boxter and even an electric jet-ski. Highlights of the event in recent years have been a 1916 Detroit Electric, a 1976 Citicar and drag-pull racing electric tractors.

“This is the largest event of its kind in the Midwest,” said Larry Tuttle, president of the Michigan Electric Auto Association. “Besides learning all about the latest EV technology and talking to people who drive EVs every day, visitors can ‘Ride and Drive’ and watch the OEM and conversion EVs compete in an exciting Solo Autocross Race.”


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