PORTSMOUTH — A Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron and Zero Motorcycle are listed as some of the electric vehicles people can check out in Portsmouth on Sunday.
It is National Drive Electric Week and Destination Electric representative Sarah McKearnan said that within the next year, more than 80 different types of electric vehicles are expected to be on the market.
Events like the one planned in Portsmouth on Sunday and Nashua on Saturday give people the opportunity to check some of them out.
“We have so many new models coming to market. We’re really at a point where we want consumers to understand all of the great products that are going to be on the market and to really understand more about the technology and how the cars can fit into their lifestyles,” McKearnan said.
In Portsmouth, there will be ride alongs in Teslas, a Hyundai Kona and a Chevy Bolt.
Destination Electric kicked off this year in Portsmouth, Nashua and Dover as a way for local businesses to raise awareness about public charging stations in their cities. McKearnan said their research showed that eight out of 10 people are concerned about the availability of public charging stations when they consider buying an electric vehicle.
Portsmouth City Councilor Josh Denton recruited 29 local businesses this spring to sign up for the initiative. He said this week that electric vehicles aren’t for everyone, but there are some really cool models coming out from top automobile manufacturers.
For example, Porsche’s Taycan electric car can go from zero to 60 in less than 2.8 seconds, has a top track speed of 162 miles per hour and has a range of 280 miles. It was unveiled earlier this month.
Denton said in Portsmouth 73 percent of all carbon emissions come from vehicles because of its close proximity to 1-95 and the Spaulding Turnpike so it is important to educate people about the number of charging stations in the city and the options they have if they choose to go electric.
Jessica Wilcox from the Granite State Clean Cities Coalition is one of the event organizers. She said the three identifiable primary audiences for electric vehicles are grown millennials, next chapter women and early adopters but getting into one can change the mindset of even “big truck” guys.
Wilcox’s husband drives a Ford F-250.
“When I first brought a Chevy Bolt home, he wasn’t quite sure about it until he got in the driver’s seat and I think the fact that these vehicles have this instant torque and this power, it definitely gives people pause,” Wilcox said.
The event on Sunday in Portsmouth will be held at the Bridge Street parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon.
The event on Saturday in Nashua will be held at Nashua Public Library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.