Green Team event promotes awareness of electric vehicles

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Electric vehicles were on display during an event in Point Pleasant Beach on Saturday. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The Point Pleasant Beach Train Station lot was a hub of activity Sunday as community members attended the Electric Vehicle Awareness Event, viewing more than a dozen such vehicles and talking to owners about their experiences with them.

“I had taken an interest in this kind of stuff as a consumer years ago,”  said Robert Mercado, a member of the borough’s Green Team Advisory Committee. I have an electric vehicle and enjoy not having a gas engine and enjoy having the ability to just charge my car and it be clean and I think that adoption of electric vehicle driving is something that is on the rise but stuff like this is what is going to get people knowing and understanding.”

Mr. Mercado, who said the eventual availability of electric-vehicle charging stations is a key factor in their acceptance, said, “The biggest question I get is ‘don’t you worry about running out of charge?’ and as soon as people kind of hear that that is not really a big concern they become interested so I think it is really about awareness of what it is like to drive a vehicle like this.”

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“The Delaware Valley Tesla Owners Club really came through for us big time and brought a lot of vehicles, Lester Glenn brought us new ones which are really cool so … the response was just outrageous,” he said. “All of these cars are here and a ton of people are coming in and walking around and checking things out so it is as good as we had hoped for.”

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