One sign electric vehicles have come into their own: They are getting their own car show.
The North Sound Electric Vehicle Association is hosting its first car show on Sunday, Sept. 13, as part of National Drive Electric Week. Organizers as of Wednesday, Sept. 9, were expecting 23 electric vehicles to be on display, from the Nissan Leaf to the Tesla Model S and BMW i3. Some car owners will allow people to test drive, or at least take a ride, in their vehicles.
Sponsors include Western Solar, The Electric Auto Association, the Sierra Club, and Plug In America, which promotes electric-vehicle use.
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Electric vehicles are still on the fringe of the U.S. market, comprising less than 0.5 percent of vehicles sold, according to HybridCars.com. Unlike gas-electric hybrids, which run on gas and a battery that recharges while you drive, electric vehicles run strictly on electricity and must be plugged in at home or a public charging station.
The market for electric cars is growing fast. Year-to-date sales through August were up 11.3 percent compared to the same period last year, according to HybridCars.com, which tracks sales of all cars in the U.S.
Almost 250 plug-in vehicles were registered in Whatcom County at the end of 2014, according to the Department of Transportation, citing Department of Licensing data.