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Electric Vehicle Event most successful show yet | Windsor Star

Eric Mayne, media relations manager at Chrysler Group LLC, talks about the Fiat 500e, an electric vehicle not yet available in Canada, at the Electric Vehicle Event at the Renewable Energy Technology Centre, Saturday, June 8, 2013. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)
Share Comments EmailRebecca Wright
Jun 08, 2013 – 5:13 PM EDT
Last Updated: Jun 08, 2013 – 6:24 PM EDT
Michael Schneider bought a new car six months ago and he’s driven 12,000 kilometres in it, but he’s only spent about $200 on gas.

So Schneider was showing off his extended range electric car, a 2012 Chevrolet Volt, at this year’s Electric Vehicle Event at the Renewable Energy Technology Center on Saturday.

“It’s very economical because I drive on electricity mode for about 90 per cent of the time,” said Schneider, adding when the battery is depleted – after about 80 kilometres of driving – the vehicle kicks into gas mode through the backup engine.

“When I look at the extra price that I paid for the vehicle up front, it’s really nothing. I mean I almost made that up already,” said Schneider, who does a lot of driving around the city and county for work. “And when I look at it in the long run, really, the car will pay me versus I’m paying the car. It’s a good financial investment.”

The event was hosted by Green Sun Rising along with the University of Windsor. Klaus Dohring, president of Green Sun Rising, said the event is meant for the public to learn more about electric vehicle technologies and about the importance and increasing need for zero-emission clean driving.



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