‘Drive Clean’ electric car expo held in Northampton

The electric cars on display are made by Nissan, Volkswagen and BMW among others

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts environmental affairs department took its cleaner air campaign to Northampton on Saturday. The latest in electric cars attracted a crowd Saturday at the Mass. “drive clean” expo.

It was billed as an educational event to interest drivers to take advantage of rebates and incentives for purchasing an electric car.

Linda Beneviedes, MA. Office of environmental affairs said, “We’re doing this in the state because of the greenhouse gas potential. The only sector that emits more gas in Massachusetts is the transportation and passenger vehicles are contributing to the pollution.”

Daniel Finn of Greenfield didn’t need much convincing. Finn told 22News, he’s got his heart set on buying an electric car, and Saturday’s expo gave him the chance to see what’s new. “I’m getting solar panels for my home and the mass solar loan is amazing. It’s a true game changer in relation to making it easier for people like myself to be able to afford it. And the idea of being able to charge your car off your home just seems like a good idea.”

Advocates for the purchase of an electric car say that rebates and incentives bring down the price of one of these cars to be as affordable as gas-fueled cars. The electric cars on display are made by Nissan, Volkswagen and BMW among others.

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