(press release from Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce):

Electrify your ride at Newton’s Harvest Fair

Local organizers offer electric vehicle ride & drives at annual Green Expo

Newton, MA –   Ever wondered if an electric vehicle (EV) is right for you and want to take one for a spin?

Visitors to Newton’s 2015 Harvest Fair will have a chance to get behind the wheel and experience the peppiness and quiet of this exciting new vehicle technology on Sunday Oct. 18 when  Plug In America, along with Sierra Club and the Newton-Needham Chamber will be offering test drives of several EV models to qualified drivers.

The all-electric vehicles that will be available for a test drive on Sunday are a Nissan LEAF and three different BMW plug-in electric vehicles.

Since 2008 the Newton-Needham Chamber has partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to bring the Green Solutions Expo to the Harvest Fair and showcase green products and non-profits.

“We’re excited to offer people electric vehicle test drives this year,” said Greg Reibman, president of the Newton Needham Chamber.  “EVs are practical, safe and fun to drive, but many folks don’t feel that way until they get behind the wheel themselves.”


Advocates for electric vehicles work to educate communities on the environmental and economic benefits of EVs, while the state and federal government make purchasing or leasing an EV easier with financial incentives.  With a state rebate of up to $2,500, and a federal tax credit of $7,500, consumers are offered a combined total of $10,000 in incentives upon purchasing or leasing a new EV.  Visit https://mor-ev.org/ for more details.

Emily Norton, Chapter Coordinator of the Massachusetts Sierra Club and a Newton Alderman hopes to see more car owners make the switch to electric. “Forty percent of our state’s carbon pollution comes from the transportation sector. Electrifying our transportation fleet is critical to meeting the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

Green Solutions EXPO, sponsored by Newton Solar Challenge and BarnRaise Energy, will take place as part of Newton’s Annual Harvest Fair on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Newton Center parking lot. Admission is free and the EXPO will take place rain or shine.

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