Is an Electric Car or even a hybrid really a good idea for northern MN?
League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area would like to thank everyone who helped us celebrate our Centennial (a year late). When the League was founded 100 years ago, its main mission was to educate voters on the major issues of the day. One of the “hottest topics” recently has been whether and how to support a change from gas power vehicles to all electrical vehicles. Most everyone has seen the articles and heard programs on the pros and cons of this change, but this is usually from a state or national view point.
On June 16, 2021 LWVPRA is inviting the public to join us in Heartland Park at 5 pm (Pavilion #3) for an educational program on Electric and Hybrid Cars. Local electric car owners, Dan & Chris Wilde and Alan Kriz, will talk about their experiences with their electric cars. The cars will be in the parking area for viewing after the presentation. Three hybrid car owners will also be there with their vehicles.
The Wildes and Mr. Kriz both considered owning electric vehicles because they have always been energy conscious and concerned about the environment.
Dan Wilde stated, “ When we purchased our first BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) in 2015, there was not as much choice of affordable cars. We found a Nissan Leaf dealer near our home (California) that had a great sale on at the time. We test drove the car and liked it so we made our first purchase. For the Tesla, I did extensive reading on the internet about the car and also got to test drive our neighbor’s Tesla. Tesla was the only car at the time of our purchase that had a range greater than 300 miles. It also has a great Nationwide supercharging system that makes long distance travel more convenient.”
There will be a short presentation by each speaker and then they will answer questions. The 2 Teslas and the 3 Hybrids will be in the parking area so that the public can get an up close look at them.
Following the presentation, anyone interested in joining LWVPRA is invited to stay for our Annual Meeting. We will elect new officers, ratify our nonpartisan and diversity policies as well as vote on our annual budget.