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Want to drive a Tesla and other electronic vehicles for free? Now's your chance

Posted at 4:14 AM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 05:55:23-04

DEPEW, N.Y. (WKBW) — Some of the most contemporary plug-in models of electronic vehicles including Audi, BMW, Tesla and Jaguar will be on display at AuburnWatson from 6 to 8 Wednesday night.

Automotive staff will be there to provide demos and drive sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis. Admission is free though a donation of non-perishable food is encouraged to benefit FeedMore WNY.

This event is part of National Drive Electric Week 2019. National Drive Electric Week runs from September 14-22 and is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.

Affordability of cars
Owning an electronic car can be expensive, but the IRS is giving tax credits between $2,500 to $7,500 for each new purchased. These credits continue until 200,000 vehicles are sold in the US by each manufacturer. The vehicles must be plug-in to qualify.

Charging stations
The popularity of electronic vehicles has risen over the past decade, and here in New York State, there are plenty of public, state operated charging stations. This link here shows the stations in the Western New York area.

How popular are electronic cars?
According to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, electric cars make up a tiny portion of cars on the roads, but that will change. They estimate that by 2040 electronic cars will make up 57% of all passenger car sales worldwide. Last year, 2 million were sold, which is estimated to rise to 56 million by 2040.