A 1915 Detroit electric car, on trailer, and a sleek, modern Tesla sports car at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. The museum is teaming up with College of the Atlantic and A Climate to Thrive to host an electric vehicle symposium on Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SEAL COVE AUTO MUSEUM

Eco cars are confab focus

BAR HARBOR — An electric vehicle symposium hosted by the College of the Atlantic, A Climate to Thrive and the Seal Cove Auto Museum is set for the museum on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Between rapidly emerging technologies and innovation, the way we travel is poised for massive disruption. Few sectors will be impacted as much as electric vehicles (EVs). Global sales of electric vehicles rose by 41 percent in 2016, and estimates are that by 2030, 35 percent of vehicles on the road will be electric. With so much change underway, there are a lot of questions and uncertainty. The symposium, titled “Driving Ahead: Electric Vehicles – What You Should Know and Why It Matters,” should answer those questions.

A 1908 Rauch Lang electric vehicle at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SEAL COVE AUTO MUSEUM

From 10-11 a.m., the public can view and engage with electric vehicles in attendance, as well as take tours of the auto museum and their two antique electric vehicles from the early 1900s. Featured speakers will begin at 11 a.m. Raney Bench, director of the Seal Cove Auto Museum, will discuss the history of electric vehicles. Ken Colburn, MDI-based energy consultant and former regulator, will give a talk about the future of electrification. Finally, Barry Woods, director of electric vehicle innovation for ReVision Energy, will give the keynote presentation examining the status of EV’s locally and nationally.

For more about the symposium, contact Dennis Kiley at [email protected] or 317-6185.

A Climate to Thrive is an initiative of and for the communities of Mount Desert Island that seeks to achieve energy independence for MDI by 2030; make the island an epicenter of citizen engagement, environmental sustainability, and economic vitality; and become a model to show other communities that these actions simultaneously enhance economic well-being and quality of life. Visit aclimatetothrive.org.


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