Electric vehicles

Electric vehicles will take center stage at an Avondale event Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 14.

APS and the city of Avondale will give local drivers the chance to check out and test drive the latest and most popular electric car models. 

The free, family-friendly Electric Guest Car Drive event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Avondale Park-and-Ride, 11390 W. Dale Earnhardt Drive, Avondale.

Drivers looking to make the switch from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles can ask EV owners questions about car technology and affordability and learn from vehicle experts in a stress-free way.  

“When I was getting ready to switch to an electric vehicle, I had all kinds of questions,” said Danae Presler, Avondale sustainability officer. 

“This event offers a no-pressure way to learn more about EVs from people that own and drive them, and to test out different makes and models, all in one convenient location.” 

Educational representatives will be available to discuss charging equipment and how to conveniently power up electric cars at home, at work and in public.  

“There are many advantages to driving an electric car that can benefit your wallet, lifestyle and the environment — from reduced maintenance costs, to no oil changes, to the big impact these vehicles can have in reducing carbon emissions,” said Judson Tillinghast, APS leader of customer technology.

“More electric cars are expected to be on Arizona’s roads over the next 10 years, and APS has a goal of supporting the adoption of 450,000 EVs in our service territory by 2030. We want to connect drivers with the resources and information they need to make the transition to electric vehicles.” 

To register for the Electric Guest Car Drive event, reserve a drive time and learn more about event health and safety protocols, visit aps.evnavigator.com/avondale.html.

For safety, drivers are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated and wear a mask during the test drive.