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Posted on: June 8, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Festival will feature electric vehicles, bikes on Saturday

Electric vehicles, bikes and trikes will be the focus of an “EV-Fest” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Danville Science Center. Admission is free.

On display at the festival will be the high performance Tesla electric car, Nissan Leaf, electric bicycles and the latest battery technology. Festival-goers can view electrical demonstrations, attend bike safety workshops and enter a drawing to ride an electric bike.

Kids can bring their bikes to the Science Center for a bike rodeo. The Danville Police Department will provide one-on-one safety instructions and will establish a road course to demonstrate traffic skills.

The newly formed “E-Bike Danville,” which is a group of commuters who have been testing electric-assist bicycles, will share their experiences. The bikes are outfitted with devices to record speed, routes, battery charge and energy used. The Danville Regional Foundation provided a grant to acquire the bikes. The E-Bike Danville collaborative includes the Science Center, the Regional Center for Applied Technology and Training, Danville Community College, LiFeBATT, Spin Bike Shop, the city of Danville and Gerhardt Engineering.

The list of EVs on display will include the Electric Bikes Pedego comfort cruiser, Currie I zip Metro, Currie I zip Express, eZ-Pedaler T300 and Dan River Custom.

The list of electric cars and motorcycles will include Tesla, Fisker, Nissan Leaf, Think, Streamliner EV, Chevy Volt, Honda Insight, Zero Motorcycle, 1933 Electric Roadster and custom electric cars from Dudley High School (Greensboro N.C.).

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