Drivers inspect Fiat 500e models at the Electric Car Day. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Hundreds of people showed up at Liberty Station Saturday to test drive a wide variety of electric vehicles and learn about purchasing incentives at a free event hosted by San Diego Gas & Electric.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer proclaimed Saturday “Electric Vehicle Day” in in honor of the event, which comes shortly after sales and leases of the cars passed the 10,000 mark in SDG&E’s service territory.

“This exciting news underscores the fact that we have an enormous opportunity ahead of us as a region and state to grow the electric vehicle and charging infrastructure markets,” said James Avery, SDG&E senior vice president of power supply. “Increased efforts are needed beyond these milestones, and with strong collaboration statewide, we will be able to help reach the governor’s goal.”

Statewide, more than 100,000 plug-in vehicles are on the road, according to the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative. Gov. Jerry Brown has a goal of building the infrastructure necessary to support 1 million EVs statewide by 2020.

According to SDG&E, there are more than 600 public charging stations in its territory. The utility says it offers EV drivers a special low electricity rate when they program their cars to charge at night, when overall demand on power supplies is low.

The event is hosted by San Diego Gas & Electric in partnership with CleanTECH San Diego and Center for Sustainable Energy.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.

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