For immediate release March 4, 2017
Kingston auto dealerships All American Ford and Kingston Nissan today collaborated to bring Electric Vehicle (EV) test drive opportunities to curious consumers. Dozens of interested customers came through the all day event held at Kingston Nissan and All American Ford on March 4, 2017, and at least three bought cars on the spot.
The event was organized by the nonprofit Drive Electric Hudson Valley, a new program of Sustainable Hudson Valley supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to advance the state’s goal of getting 1 million EVs on the road by 2025. NYSERDA is preparing to accommodate more than 30,000 plug-in electric vehicles by 2018 and 1 million by 2025 with the ChargeNY program.
Since September, 2016, Drive Electric has produced educational forums, test drive events, and exhibits reaching over 2,000 people. The project has partnered with Central Hudson, the State University of New York (SUNY), Ulster and Orange Counties, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and numerous car companies to engage and empower consumers.
According to Program Manager Seth Leitman,
“Today was exciting because it proved our theory that people are ready to give serious consideration to driving electric. We surveyed 200 potential customers and learned that they want their information in two ways – online combined with a social, hands-on opportunity to drive the cars and interact with current EV owners. We will be doing plenty more of these events.”
Robert Rolleri, a salesman at Kingston Nissan, took special interest in the Electric Vehicle event with Sustainable Hudson Valley and spent Saturday helping potential customers and interested patrons test drive the all-new 2017 Nissan Leaf.
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