Teslas and other electric cars lined the parking lot at Linganore Winecellars Sunday afternoon for the EV – Electric Vehicle – Car Fest.
EV owners showed off their state-of-the-art models as visitors learned the ins and outs of owning an electric car. The event was sponsored by Tesla Owners of Maryland and Poolesville Green.
Joyce Breiner, executive director and co-founder of Poolseville Green, said electric car shows are nothing new — the first ones started about five years ago when the first models came onto the market.
Since then Poolesville Green and Tesla Owners of Maryland have hosted over 300 shows with some including over 200 cars Breiner said.
Most people who come out are interested in electric cars but don’t know anything about them and have questions about battery life, longevity and overall benefits.
“We’re primarily out here for the people who are interested ... to learn not so much from the manufacturers but to come out and learn from the owners so they can really find out what are the true pluses and minuses of owning an electric car,” said JD Taylor who serves as President of Tesla Owners of Maryland and sits on the Board of Directors of Poolesville Green.
Taylor owns a Tesla Model X and said the biggest plus is no maintenance.
Electric car owners don’t have to worry about oil changes, gas, or spark plugs he said. Another plus is it’s good for the environment and with all the software updates, especially with Teslas, the cars only get better with time.
“It’s a better car today than when I bought it two years ago,” Taylor said.
Sgt. Richard Hartnett of the Hyattsville City Police Department agrees. He was at the car show Sunday showing off the department’s electric police cruiser.
“Our gas cars are always in the shop getting maintenance,” Hartnett said.
Hartnett, a long time EV advocate, convinced his police department to apply for a grant and purchase a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt two years ago.
“For urban policing it’s the way to go,” Hartnett said and further explained that the operating cost for an electric cost is a quarter for the department’s gas police cruisers.
Both Taylor and Breiner think without a doubt that electric cars are the future.
“The two biggest pieces of the CO2 pie when you’re talking about climate change is transportation and energy ... those two make up well over 50 percent of the emissions,” Briener said. “So if we’re going to do something about climate change ... the future needs to be electric cars.”