“September 8th Day of Climate Action: Is an Electric Vehicle in Your Future?” To be hosted by North Country 350 Alliance Sept. 8
Monday, September 3, 2018 - 8:20 am

CANTON -- North Country 350 Alliance is hosting the event “September 8th Day of Climate Action: Is an Electric Vehicle in Your Future?” on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The group is joining the nationwide September 8th Day of Climate Action, sponsored by 350.org, to call on local officials to “step up for climate as the federal government steps back.”

Organizers hope the local event raises awareness of how rapidly electric vehicle (EV) technology is developing, making EVs increasingly more practical and affordable as part of National Drive Electric Week.

The event will be held on the St. Lawrence University campus in Griffiths 123.

Local officials from the towns of Canton and Potsdam as well as the chair of the St. Lawrence County Legislature, Kevin Acres, will be present along with other speakers to discuss local efforts to conserve energy and mitigate effects of climate change.

Congressional candidates, Tedra Cobb (Dem.) and Lynn Kahn (Green), also plan to participate.

In addition, there will be an EV presentation, including information on state and federal financial incentives, as well as a panel of EV owners and an Electric Vehicle Show outside in the nearby Vilas Parking Lot.

Participants will be invited to check out three all-electric models: Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, and (tentatively) a Tesla Model 3.

Two different plug-in hybrid EVs, the Chevy Volt and Prius Prime will also be on display. Both EV owners and a TJ Toyota representative will be able to answer questions.

Three dealerships will offer discount coupons to participants who might decide to purchase an electric vehicle after seeing the show.

The event is part of National Drive Electric Week, presented by Plug In America, Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association. Nissan LEAF® is the Exclusive Automotive Sponsor.