Electric cars taking new shape

Plug In 2010 Expo shows off new electric vehicle for everyone

SAN ANTONIO - Parked out front of the Henry B. Convention Center today was a type of vehicle that San Antonio leaders want to see on the road, and perhaps for the first time, everyone might want to drive.

Eight vehicles were put through their paces in a sneak peek of Plug In 2012 for the media in advance of the Expo’s opening on Tuesday.

Well-known models like the Chevy Volt were on display, but also several vehicles that you might not expect to have electric and hybrid technology.

There was a 750-horsepower truck, that runs on diesel and has hybrid electric, as well as the Texas standard 150 pickup 4x4 that can go 500 miles on a tank of gas.

The maker of the truck version of the Volt called the Vtrux, VIA Motors, says they are getting now getting contracts from commercial fleet companies like Verizon so you will be see a lot of these on the road.

The organizers of the expo says San Antonio is a good place to show their EV wares.

“I would say this is one of the easiest cities in the country to find a public charge station. Maybe the top,” said Mark Duvall, of the Electric Power Research Institute.

Sponsors of the event, not surprisingly, include CPS Energy and San Diego Gas and Electric, two power companies that are promoting the use of plug in technologies to lower emissions.

Plug In 2012 will offer the public a chance to come and view the new cars and plug in technologies on Tuesday, July 24 at 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Experts will be on hand to answer questions on any and all of the products on display.


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