Livonia — Organizers hope visitors get a charge out of the second annual Michigan Electric Vehicle Rally & Show today at Schoolcraft College. The college’s Electronic Technology program and the Michigan Electric Auto Association are sponsoring the free event. More than 50 electric and hybrid vehicles will be on display and visitors even can go for rides in or on the vehicles with owners.
Electric vehicles from throughout the years are part of the festivities to show that the concept is not a new one even if many have never seen the vehicles.
“Everyone is hearing about electric vehicles but very few people have ever actually seen one,” said association president Larry Tuttle. “This is a chance for people to experience EV firsthand and to talk to someone who owns one.”
The event allows Schoolcraft to showcase its engineering program, said Bruce Sweet, the college’s assistant dean of Business and Technology.
“Our programs in electronic technology, metallurgy, welding and fabrication, and computer-aided design teach skills that are highly portable between sectors of the manufacturing industry,” Sweet said. “This event will help current and prospective students understand some of the career opportunities in emerging industries, be it EVs, wind turbines or other green technologies.” (SANTIAGO ESPARZA, The Detroit News)