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Ever Wanted to Drive a Tesla? This Might Be Your Chance.

If electric cars are going to go mainstream, some of the excitement around the Tesla Model S will have to rub off on more affordable models.

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The Tesla Model S has been fêted as one of the best cars ever made, and it’s not half-bad for the environment, either. But none of that does a lot of good for the average driver who can’t afford the thing. In many parts of the country, it’s rare to so much as glimpse a Model S, let alone get a chance to ride in one.
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But if you’re among the curious, the skeptical, or the obsessed who have not yet had a chance to meet the auto industry’s most-hyped offering in decades, Saturday just might be your day. A group of environmental and electric-car-advocacy nonprofits have declared it National Plug-In Day and are putting on events in nearly 100 cities around the United States, the largest of which will be in Long Beach, Calif. In many of those cities, electric-car owners, including Model S owners, will show off their vehicles. Model S owners in at least 33 of those cities will offer visitors free rides, says Zan Dubin Scott, spokesperson for the nonprofit Plug In America. And in at least the following seven cities, Scott says there will likely be free Tesla Model S test drives:

Cupertino, Calif.
Diamond Bar, Calif.
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