Co-op to Spotlight Electric Cars at Auto Show

You’ll find one at the 2016 Twin Cities Auto Show in Minneapolis, where the new Electric Room will be sponsored by Great River Energy. It’ll feature not only the latest and greatest electric and hybrid vehicles, but also some knowledgeable folks from the Maple Grove, Minn.-based G&T who can chat with you.

“We are thrilled that Great River Energy will be onsite to help educate and answer questions about this emerging technology,” said Scott Lambert, executive vice president of the Greater Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association of Minnesota, which presents the auto show.

Great River Energy will be at the 2016 Twin Cities Auto Show to help inform people about electric cars. (Photo By: GMADA)

“Electric vehicles, with their silent ride and immediate torque, are not only exciting to drive, they provide lower overall impact on the environment.”

One thing that Great River Energy officials will be talking about is the unique Revolt program, run by the G&T and its participating distribution co-ops.

Members of those co-ops who own a plug-in electric car can opt to power it with wind energy for the vehicle’s lifetime at no additional cost. A renewable energy credit is dedicated on their behalf, offsetting the electricity used for charging.

“We believe utilities play an intrinsic role as our members consider purchasing or leasing plug-in EVs. We want them to know that their electric cooperative is here to partner and provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity to fuel their vehicles,” said David Ranallo, Great River Energy’s Revolt program manager.

“We hope to engage auto show attendees through our exhibit in the Electric Room and build awareness with consumers around plug-in EVs.”

The 2016 auto show runs March 12-20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.