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Events In Houston Aim To Promote The Benefits Of Electric Cars

We talked to one electric vehicle enthusiast about why he made the switch.

Collin Loewen said his interest in electric vehicles started with a Chevy Volt back in 2011.

“I’ve always wondered what was next since we seem to have perfected the combustion engine,” said Loewen, who is now a member of the Houston Electric Auto Association.

Loewen said he really liked the Volt and he only had to put gas in it about once a year. Now, he and his wife Susan are the owners of three Teslas. One of those is the same model of roadster that Elon Musk launched into space as rocket payload.

To keep their vehicles running, they plug them into a home charger overnight.

“The cost of using electric vehicles is much less and you don’t think about it much,” said Loewen. “It’s because you charge it at home like you do everything else.”

According to figures from the Electric Auto Association, over a million electric vehicles have been sold around the U.S. Here in Houston, Loewen thinks electric vehicles would really help improve the region’s air quality.

“Combine that with autonomous driving and it’s a change in our landscape like we’ve never seen before,” he said.

There are activities around the country over the next two weekends as part of National Drive Electric Week. Houstonians will have the opportunity to see some of the latest electric vehicles and talk with their owners at four events organized by the Houston Electric Auto Association:

Saturday, September 14th

• Evelyn’s Park, 4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire TX, 9am-11am

Saturday, September 21st

• Harvest Green Farmers Market, 8939 Harlem Road, Richmond, TX 9am-12pm
• IKEA Houston, 7810 Katy Frwy, Houston TX, 10am- 1pm
• The Church of Holy Apostles, 1225 W. Grand Parkway S., Katy TX 9am-12pm

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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