New Hampshire recently held its 2nd Annual “Ride & Drive” Exhibition, organized by Unitil in collaboration with Drive Electric NH and Clean Energy NH, to showcase the latest models of electric vehicles (EVs) in the market. The event took place on November 4th at Unitil’s electric operations facility in Exeter, with the aim of educating the public about the benefits of EVs, addressing common concerns, and providing a firsthand electric driving experience.
The exhibition featured eight EV models from local dealerships, including McFarland Ford, Volvo Cars, Enxing Kia, Porsche Stratham, and Green Wave Electric Vehicles. Additionally, visitors had the opportunity to test drive 10 personal EVs and engage in conversations with their owners to learn about their experiences. Representatives from Clean Energy NH, ReVision Energy, and Granite State Solar were also present to answer questions and provide additional information about clean energy options.
The growing popularity of EVs is evident, with over 3 million EVs currently on the roads in the United States. Experts predict that EV sales will account for between 40% and 50% of all passenger car sales by 2030. In New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine, EV registrations have more than doubled since 2020. As of 2022, New Hampshire has 7,000 registered EVs, Massachusetts has 49,400, and Maine has 5,000.
One of the main concerns for potential EV buyers is “range anxiety,” but with technological advancements, EVs offer impressive ranges. For example, the showcased EV6 GT-Line Long Range has a range of 282 miles. Visitors were pleased to learn about the increased range and charging convenience, dispelling concerns about the practicality of owning an EV.
Unitil also highlighted cost savings available to its electric customers through their time-of-use rate for EVs. By shifting electricity consumption to off-peak hours, when rates are lower, customers can save money on charging their EVs. This rate is available to residential and commercial customers in New Hampshire and residential customers in Massachusetts.
The success of the exhibition demonstrates the growing interest in clean energy transportation and the need for reliable information about EVs. By providing a platform for firsthand experiences and expert knowledge, events like the “Ride & Drive” exhibition play a crucial role in fostering EV adoption and promoting a sustainable future.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What is the purpose of the “Ride & Drive” exhibition?
The purpose of the exhibition is to showcase the latest models of electric vehicles, educate the public about EV technology, and provide an opportunity to test drive and interact with EV owners.
2. How many electric vehicles are currently on the roads in the United States?
There are over 3 million electric vehicles circulating on the roads in the United States.
3. What is the forecasted future market share for EVs?
Experts predict that electric vehicle sales will account for between 40% and 50% of all passenger car sales by 2030.
4. How have EV registrations grown at the local level?
EV registrations in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire have more than doubled since 2020.
5. How can Unitil’s electric customers save money on charging their EVs?
Unitil offers a time-of-use rate for EVs, which allows customers to take advantage of lower rates during off-peak hours to save on charging their electric vehicles.