Test Drive the Future

Local drivers will get a chance to kick the tires of the automotive future in Saline and Ann Arbor on Sunday, Sept. 23 at local events being held in conjunction with the celebration of National Plug-In Day.

The local events will feature a parade of electric vehicles from Saline to Ann Arbor, street displays of most of the plug-in vehicles on the road today, and opportunities for test drives.

The day's events will begin at 2 p.m. with a line-up of vehicles and test-drives available at the corner of S. Ann Arbor St. and Michigan Ave. in Saline. The parade will leave Saline at 3 p.m. for Ann Arbor, arriving at the DTE parking lot at Main and William by 4 p.m., where a second show of cars and ride-and-drive event will be held.

The Ecology Center and the Michigan Electric Auto Association are organizing the event along with other local partners and sponsors to bring the attention of the media, policymakers, and the public to electric vehicles and the significant oil and emissions savings that a switch to electric vehicles (EV) will deliver.

Among other attractions, the event will allow drivers opportunities to:

  • Examine currently available plug-in EVs of all kinds, and unique EV conversions
  • Talk to people who drive EVs every day
  • Watch a parade of EVs
  • Take test rides/drives in a Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi MiEV, Ford Focus, Tesla Model S, Ford Ranger, Th!nk City, electric scooters, plus unique EV conversions
  • Talk to DTE, EV equipment and service providers about charging stations, plug-in kits and EV charging programs.

More than 50 cities will participate in National Plug In Day, the nation's largest grassroots EV event sponsored nationally by the Sierra Club, Plug-In America and the Electric Auto Association. Local sponsors include Saline Main Street, the Ann Arbor Main Street Area Association, Ann Arbor Spark, DTE Energy, the Clean Energy Coalition, Varsity Ford, Ann Arbor Automotive, Built by Michigan, SPS, Enginer and Motor City Motors.