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If you’re curious about the technology driving the development of electric vehicles but want to – for the time being - avoid the dealers’ showrooms and salesmen, Michael Hall and friends have just the venue for you.

Hall, the president of the recently-formed Electric Auto Association of Northwest Ohio, is inviting the public to the association’s spring meeting March 29 at Owens Community College where he is an instructor.

The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Transportation Technologies building, 30335 Oregon Road.

The local chapter is part of a growing movement promoting “clean” vehicles and increasing public awareness of the number of electric vehicle choices on the market today, Hall said.

The national organization, Electric Auto Association, was formed in 1967 and is now based in Aptos, California.

“The national chapter wants us to promote public awareness of the new technologies of the electric vehicle hybrids and plug-ins,” Hall said. “We’ll have literature we can hand out to anyone who comes, including a vehicle buyer’s guide that offers all of the choices available in alternative fuel vehicles. Our local chapter consists of members who have a passion for `going green.’ Some members have many years of service as environmental enthusiasts, educators, engineers, technicians and trainers; some working in the technical fields that helped in the development of the technology being used today.”

The chapter plans to again have a display in July at the Classics on Main Car Show in Bowling Green. Suitably, the display area is called “Electric Avenue.”

Hall has owned both an electric vehicle and a hybrid-electric vehicle.

“I drive an SUV (Ford Escape hybrid) that gets 33 miles to the gallon. You’re never going to get that out of a gasoline engine. It’s a nice size vehicle and I’m impressed with the technology they’ve put into it,” he said.

While the prices of alternative fuel vehicles aren’t as low as Hall would like to see, he says consumers should realize they’re paying for fuel and technology “up front.”

“It’s about 3 cents a mile to operate an electric vehicle, compared to 20 cents a mile for a gasoline vehicle,” he said.

For information about the association visit www.electricauto.org.

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