Pushing electric in Estero: Drivers show off their plug-powered cars

Lee Herald Favicon 16Dealerships and electric car owners across Southwest Florida came together to put on the second National Drive Electric Week showcase at Coconut Point Mall in Estero.

A showcase of electric vehicles spanning from the Tesla Model S to the BMW i8 Roadster were put on display with representatives from Coconut Point Honda, BMW of Fort Myers and Mercedes Benz of Fort Myers there to inform event goers about the future of electric energy.

“People keep saying electric cars are coming, but they’re already here,” Jason Caissie, with SWFL EV Owners, said. “[Electric cars are] already on roads now, you’re going to see more electric cars on the road in the near future.”

After taking a ride in the new Tesla Model S, Marcella Smith, who works for Tesla in Southwest Florida, compares the new Tesla Models to higher in cars such as Porsche and Lamborghini, saying that the Model S would even give the Lamborghini Huracan a run for its money.

“These new models have less parts, higher efficiency and the car pays for itself with the amount of money you save on gas,” Smith said.

National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration meant to raise awareness and inform the public on the benefits of driving electric. Events are meant to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles including hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.

“There’s really nothing like these next generation electric vehicles,” James Long, a representative for Coconut Point Honda, said. “All we need is for people to see the good in driving electric so we can get more of cars like these on the road.”

The National Drive Electric Week showcase marked the end of another year where electric car enthusiasts and advocates alike came together to push Southwest Florida into a greener future

“The future is electric,” Caissie said.

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