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Supervisor Joan Hartmann with her Tesla S

Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann with dog Mika in front of her electric Tesla Model S, which she recharges with solar panels at home and will have at the Sept. 8 Electric Car Show in Solvang.

Those who are curious about fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids can find out about them from the people who drive them at a show Saturday in Solvang.

The Electric Car Show, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Centennial Plaza Lot 1 at 470 Alisal Road, will include the Nissan Leaf, the BMW i3, the Tesla models S, X and 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt and Volt, among others, said a show spokesman.

Attendees can talk with the car owners about their experience with electric vehicles and learn about their advantages, including being virtually maintenance-free and having excellent safety ratings, the spokesman said.

“EVs are good for you, good for the environment and good for your wallet,” the spokesman said.

James Reach, the Sierra Club’s electric vehicle expert, also will be at the show to talk with visitors.

Those who attend can also ask about cash rebates and tax credits for buying and driving an electric vehicle as well as Department of Motor Vehicle stickers that allow electric vehicle owners to drive solo in carpool lanes.

Part of the National Drive Electric Week celebration, the show is sponsored by the Community Environmental Council and the Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club.

The spokesman noted this will be the only Electric Car Show sponsored by the Community Environmental Council and the Sierra Club this year, as the organizations will not stage their usual South Coast version.

However, National Drive Electric Week is sponsoring a similar show Sept. 16 in Lompoc, a spokesman for that show said.

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