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Westport Club Hosts Annual Electric Vehicle Road Rally

The Westport Electric Car Club is gearing up to host the second Electric Car Rally on Sunday, May 4.
The Westport Electric Car Club is gearing up to host the second Electric Car Rally on Sunday, May 4. Photo Credit: File Photo, Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Electric Car Club is gearing up to host its second Electric Car Rally on Sunday, May 4.

The 40-mile event begins and ends at the Westport Saugatuck Metro-North train depot. The event is open to the public.

There will be a mid-rally stopping point at the Wilton GoGreen Festival, and a free public event at the finish in Westport, according to a press release. Rally registration begins at 9 a.m. and the rally will start at 10 a.m.

“Electric cars are gaining traction in the marketplace as drivers learn that they are good cars, fun to drive, and practical," said Club President Leo Cirino. "I have already had a number of interested participants reach out to me in advance of this announcement, as well as several local dealers who wish to participate. We welcome the public to come learn about EVs, the efforts of the club, see the exhibits, and enjoy a fun, family-friendly event.”

Entrants must be "plug-in" vehicles, either partially (plug-in hybrid) or fully electric. It is not necessary to be a member of the club or to live in Westport to participate.

Club members expected 20 entries for the 2013 rally and ended up with 33. This year the club expects 50 to 100 vehicles to be entered.

“The partnership between the Town and the Westport Electric Car Club began with the installation of 4 EV charging stations at the Saugatuck Metro-North depot parking area," said Steve Smith, Building Official from the Town of Westport. "We have continued to work together as we have expanded the number of charging stations locally.”

For more information about the rally, visit the Westport Electric Car Club website .

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