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Science Behind series: Electric vehicles Ride & Drive on Thursday, May 18

Scott Robinson
Walking Mountains Science Center

Attendees of the Science Behind Series on Thursday, May 18, will have the opportunity to Ride & Drive several electric vehicle models, including the 238 mile-range Chevrolet Bolt.

Have you ever considered buying an electric vehicle? Electric vehicles are leading the charge, so to speak, for innovation in the automobile industry and revolutionizing public markets more and more every day. But how do they work? What are the different kinds? Is an electric vehicle right for your lifestyle? Is now the right time to buy?

On Thursday, May 18, Walking Mountains Science Center will host a special edition of its Science Behind series with the Science Behind Electric Vehicles to answer all your questions. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to Ride & Drive several electric vehicle models including the highly-anticipated 238 mile-range Chevrolet Bolt.

Afterward, participants will enjoy a presentation from Steve Hawkins, from the Mountain Haus, as he shares the history of electric vehicles, the many components involved, evolution of charging techniques as well as debunking many common myths.

Dealership incentives

While learning about the science of electric vehicles, get more information on local dealership incentives that you can take advantage of this summer. From April 1 to June 30, Eagle County residents and businesses can take advantage of additional discounts on electric vehicles during the collaborative Electric Vehicle Sales Event. Walking Mountains, in partnership with local towns, nonprofits and Pitkin and Garfield Counties are helping to promote this excited limited-time offer on seven discounted electric vehicle models. Partnering dealerships from Glenwood Springs to Boulder are offering discounts for electric vehicles on top of a $5,000 state and $7,500 federal tax credits.

"With the increase in local charging infrastructure we are starting to see many more businesses and homeowners interested in electric vehicles and wanted to provide an opportunity for them to learn and ask questions about this emerging technology," said John-Ryan Lockman, energy programs director at Walking Mountains Science Center.

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Get involved

Within the past year, Eagle County and many local municipalities have adopted the Climate Action Plan for the community which includes significant greenhouse gas emission targets, including a 10 percent reduction in transportation emissions by 2025.

If you want to learn more about ways to reduce your local carbon footprint, contribute to the efforts of the Climate Action Plan and use more renewable fuel sources, whether in your personal life or through your business, then visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/sb to register for the seminar.

If you go …

What: Science Behind Electric Vehicles.

When: Thursday, May 18; Ride & Drive at 5:30 p.m., Science Behind seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org