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Charged up: Electric-car rally, showcase April 27 in Westport

Published 8:33 pm, Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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  • The all-electric Tesla Model S was named 2013 car of the Year by Motortrend magazine. A Model S will be on display at during an electric-car rally and showcase April 27 at the Saugatuck train station. Photo: Mike Kepka, The Houston Chronicle / ONLINE_YES

    The all-electric Tesla Model S was named 2013 car of the Year by Motortrend magazine. A Model S will be on display at during an electric-car rally and showcase April 27 at the Saugatuck train station.

    Photo: Mike Kepka, The Houston Chronicle

 

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Whether you're in the market or just curious, an array of all-electric cars will be on display Saturday afternoon, April 27, at the Saugatuck Railroad Station.

And if you already own one, the Westport Electric Car Club is accepting entries for a 40-mile, electric-car rally planned in conjunction with the showcase.

The rally is expected to conclude on the eastbound side of the train station about 1 p.m., and cars will be on display for the public to view until 3 p.m., the club said. Free food will be provided by the Blu Parrot restaurant, and there also will be live music.

Information about charging stations and solar power for homes also will be available at the event, which the club said will be family-friendly.

Approximately 20 electric cars will be showcased at the event, the club said in a news release. Among them will be a Tesla Model S (Motor Trend magazine's 2013 Car of the Year), a Tesla Roadster, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Fisker Karma, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Smart Car EVs, Toyota Prius and others.

Models of the first electric cars built in the U.S. also will be on display -- a 1907 Columbia built in Hartford and a 1910 Broc -- courtesy of Dragone's Classic Motorcars of Westport.

"This is an exciting and timely event for the revolution of electric cars in America, club president Leo Cirino said in the news release. "Electric cars get very little attention in this region of the country, yet Westport is a leading community in the state and nation. We invite the public to see and experience the variety of long-range electric vehicles."

Rally entries must be plug-in cars, either fully or partially electric, the club said. The entry fee is $50.

Rally registration begins 9 a.m. on the train station's eastbound side. Cars will follow a time-speed-distance rally -- with a stop from 11:30 a.m. to noon to showcase cars at the Fairfield Earth Day celebration at Fairfield Ward High School -- before returning to the train station at about 1 p.m..

To register a car, email contact jshuck@optonline.net. For general information about the club, visit www.westportelectriccarclub.com