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Public Learns About Electric Vehicles with Event Held in Duluth

Ryan Juntti
Updated: September 16, 2019 10:46 PM

The public was able to learn more about electric vehicles with an event held in Duluth on Monday. It was aimed at connecting people interested in electric vehicles with those who have already bought them.

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"We've been shopping and wanting to buy an electric vehicle for many years," said Kathy Fox of Midway Township.

So for Fox and her husband Virgil, the event was an opportunity to check out all of the options available to them.

On display outside of Canal Park Lodge were the Kia Niro, Honda Clarity, Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model S, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Polaris Ranger as well as electric bicycles, and motorcycles.  

All of them were brought in by members of the cooperative family throughout the state. Representatives from Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, Cooperative Light & Power, East Central Energy, and Lake Country Power were on hand. 

"A bunch of electric cooperatives got together and said, 'let's educate the public, let's show them that electric vehicles are here, they're popular, it's growing,' " said Lake Country Power Public Relations Coordinator Tami Zaun.

Those who own electric vehicles like Miles Kuschel say simplicity and efficiency are the main benefits they provide.

"It's simple. You plug it in, you go do about your business, do your task, do your chores, and then at night you plug it in, you go to bed, wake up the next morning it's ready to go," said Kuschel. "The technology is here now today that these are really a viable option. You run the numbers, and the cost of gas compared to the cost of electricity, the cost of electricity is way cheaper," he added.

Not only that, but Lisa Thurstin from the American Lung Association in Minnesota adds that electric vehicles significantly reduce emissions and greenhouse gases.

"When you're using electric vehicles either a plug-in hybrid or pure electric, it has fewer emissions, better for the air quality, therefore better for general lung health," said Thurstin.

So the next time you're shopping for a new car, electric vehicle advocates say you might want to consider buying one of them. After all they may be the future.

Anyone interested in buying an electric vehicle is encouraged to talk to their electric cooperative along with dealerships and owners themselves to get more information.

More information is also available at: https://www.pluginconnect.com/mnpevmodels.html

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