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2nd Annual Westport Electric Car Rally To Be Held On May 4th In Connecticut

The Westport Electric Car Club (WECC) recently announced that it will be holding its 2nd annual Electric Car Rally in Westport Connecticut on Sunday, May 4th.

The 40-mile rally — which is completely open to the public — begins and ends at the Westport Saugatuck Metro-North train depot. So long as you’re driving an EV or a PHEV, you’re eligible to participate — there’s no need to be a Westport resident or a member of the WECC. Plug-in motorcycles and scooters are eligible as well.

Image Credit: Westport Electric Car Club

Image Credit: Westport Electric Car Club

This year’s event is a follow-up to the very successful 2013 rally, which was the first in Connecticut, and (at the time) the largest to-date in the US.

The press release from the Westport Electric Car Club provides more:

Registration will occur in front of the Steam Coffee Bar on the New Haven bound side, next to the 4 EV charging stations. There will be a mid-rally stopping point at the Wilton GoGreen Festival, and a free public event at the finish in Westport. Rally registration begins at 9AM and the rally will start at 10AM. The public event will begin at 1PM when the cars are expected to finish. The public will have an opportunity to speak with EV owners, learn about EV technology, and visit sponsor tents, and enjoy snacks and drinks.

The club expected 20 entries for the 2013 rally and ended up with 33. The models entered were the Tesla Model S, Tesla Roadster, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, BMW ActiveE, Smart Car EV, Ford C-Max Energi, Toyota Prius Plug-in, and Fisker Karma. This year the club expects between 50 and 100 vehicles to be entered.

Club President Leo Cirino states, “Electric cars are gaining traction in the marketplace as drivers learn that they are good cars, fun to drive, and practical. I have already had a number of interested participants reach out to me in advance of this announcement, as well as several local dealers who wish to participate. We welcome the public to come and learn about EVs, the efforts of the club, see the exhibits, and enjoy a fun, family-friendly event.”

If you’re interested, you can register at the club’s site. The most up-to-date information about the rally can be found at the club’s Facebook event page.

 
 
 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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