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Novato Electric Vehicle Expo to Showcase Latest Models
The Novato Electric Vehicle (EV) Expo on Saturday, January 27, 2018 will be the first time most people will be able to see the long anticipated Tesla Model 3 up close. In addition to hosting local dealers who will be showcasing the latest EVs to come off their production lines, a number of private EV owners will be attending the event to share their experience going all electric, including the owner of a Tesla Model 3.
“The electric vehicle market is in a period of explosive growth, with many more options available for the average consumer, including off-lease vehicles costing just 20% of the original sticker price in some cases. The number of charging stations available is also continuing to grow exponentially, allowing drivers to travel much longer distances”, according the Gretchen Schubeck, Novato’s Sustainability Coordinator.
Local nonprofits the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association (GGEVA) and Cool the Earth will also be participating in the Expo. GGEVA President Dale Miller said of the event, "This is a great opportunity to learn how you can have a much better driving experience, save money, and help slow climate change”.
The Expo is free to attend and will be held in the City of Novato Administrative Offices Parking Lot located at 922 Machin Avenue, Novato from 1:00pm-3:00pm.
There are now more than 1 million EVs on the road, and California is leading the way in terms of ownership. As of September 2017, there were 3,252 EVs registered in Marin County. The growth of the industry has been fueled by a number of generous rebates and tax credits aimed at increasing the adoption of EVs and these incentives apply to both purchase and lease options. The federal tax credit ranges from $2,500-$7,500 depending on the size of the vehicle and its battery capacity. The California Clean Vehicle Rebate program offers a $2,500 rebate for the purchase or lease of an EV and MCE & PG&E customers are eligible for a $500 Clean Fuel Rebate.