URI Hosts Conference on Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Jul 11, 2013

The University of Rhode Island and the Ocean State Clean Cities Coalition are hosting a conference on electric vehicles Thursday.

There will be speakers discussing hybrid and electric car technology, as well as a dozen or so vehicles that the public can test drive.

Spokesperson Wendy Lucht said the part of purpose of the conference will be to address common worries such as vehicle driving range and prices.

“In terms of making electric vehicles as affordable to American households as gasoline powered vehicles, there’s a lot of research going into making the processes more economic.  Just like any emerging technology there should be more efficiency over time with research," said Lucht.

The URI event follows an announcement that the state is installing 50 electric car charging stations throughout Rhode Island this summer.

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