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Tesla is big draw at electric-vehicle event in Folsom

Published: Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013 – 11:06 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 30, 2013 – 7:20 am

Ralph Lubick, 70, of Folsom was admiring a bright green Tesla Roadster on display Sunday in the parking lot of Folsom Premium Outlet Mall.

“I’ll take two of those,” he joked to the owner, Dennis Pinion, 68, of Arnold.

But Pinion wasn’t selling his rare 2011 Tesla Roadster, which has a personalized plate that reads 2PLUG IN.

Instead, it was one of 10 Teslas on display for the Sacramento Plug-In Vehicle Day Ride and Drive Event at the mall. Now in its third year, the event allows people to test-drive a variety of electric vehicles, ranging from the Smart Electric Drive to the Toyota RAV4 EV. This year, for the first time, a 2013 Tesla Model S was available for a spin, and several Tesla owners showed off their vehicles.

“The Tesla (test car) hasn’t stopped running all day,” said Georg Kuhnke, a test-drive manager for the Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association, which co-sponsored the event with Sacramento Municipal Utility District. “It’s been the most popular vehicle at this event.”
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