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OG&E Hosts Earth Day Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive

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Nearly two-hundred people participated in Oklahoma Gas and Electric’s Earth Day Electric Vehicle (EV) Ride and Drive event. Participants could either drive or ride in a number of electric vehicle models.

The ride and drive was hosted by OG&E at the OSU-OKC Precision Driving Center on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd.

Test drivers could maneuver vehicles through a coned course, accelerate on a long stretch to experience the torque of an EV, and drive a road course with multiple curves. Over 500 course laps were driven Saturday.

Vehicles powered exclusively by electricity (battery-electric vehicles or BEV’s) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV’s) that run on both external electricity and gasoline were both available for test drives.

Available models for test drives included: BMW i3, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius Prime.

The vehicles were provided by Gulf States Toyota, Bob Howard Chevrolet, Bob Howard Nissan, Fenton Nissan East, and Jackie Cooper BMW.

Two Teslas, a new all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, a Chevy Spark EV, two Fiat 500e’s, and numerous Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts were on display.

The City of Oklahoma City displayed a Chevrolet Volt, part of the City’s growing fleet of EV’s.

“We appreciate OG&E inviting us to participate in the event by briefing drivers on the environmental benefits of EV’s,” said Eric Pollard, Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coordinator at the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG). “More EV’s on the road in Central Oklahoma has a direct positive impact on public health and the region’s ability to stay in attainment with EPA air quality standards.”

There are over 30 highway-legal EV’s available in the U.S. and an ACOG analysis found that the vast majority of ACOG-area residents could meet their daily driving needs with an EV.

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