Connecticut’s electric utilities, municipalities, and some local companies will be sponsoring “Electric Car Community Days” this Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at locations in New Haven, Fairfield, Stamford, Berlin, and Norwich.

The event will give participants an opportunity to see electric vehicles offered by General Motors, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Nissan. The vehicles will be provided by local dealerships. A number of charging stations will be on display as well.

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“Community involvement and consumer education are important for the electric vehicle market to grow in Connecticut.  Towns, companies, and utilities have been working together to install charging stations in public areas for consumers who are buying the five different models of plug-in EVs now available in the state,” said Anthony Marone, United Illuminating’s vice president of business services.  “This event brings people together where they can learn more about the technology, including charging at night when greater grid capacity is available.”

The electric utilities are encouraging evening charging of vehicles when grid capacity is under utilized, offering lower fuel costs for commuters and increasing revenue opportunities for the region’s electric generators and utilities.

The following are the times and locations for the weekend events. All events are rain or shine:

Berlin: : Friday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northeast Utilities, 107 Selden St.

Fairfield: Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sherman Green Lot near Gazebo

New Haven: Friday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the intersection of Broadway and Elm, near the Yale Bookstore.

Norwich: Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at River Fest at Howard T. Brown Park, Chelsea Harbor Drive

Stamford: Friday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd.

The event is part of the Regional Electric Vehicle Initiative, established in 2009 to promote the use of electric vehicles in the Northeast. Founding members are National Grid, Northeast Utilities, NSTAR, The United Illuminating Company, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, and Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company. 

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