By Guy Hall, Board Director at Electric Auto Association and Chief Strategy Officer of Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association
Everyone is invited to stop by the electric vehicle showcase at Sacramento Earth Day on April 23, 2023. In addition to 20+ of the latest and coolest electric cars, we’ll have a Nissan LEAF electric vehicle on which kids can draw their favorite earth day picture, or take a picture in the driver’s seat of a Tesla. Also, we’ll have a reading at 12:00 pm by Louie Dias, author of The Dragon-Powered School Bus: A Courageous Fight to Clean the Air. The author of the comic book: Teslaman Fights Dirty! (English and Spanish) will also be there. Check the Table Talks listing for other presentations during the day.
Adults won’t be left out. Our EV Showcase will focus on used EVs. With new EV sales approaching a record 7% of the total US auto market and 20% in California, the used EV market is beginning to pick up. According to new data from Cox Automotive, used EV sales were up 32% in the first quarter, with a clear new path to increase rapidly. Beas Auto, a used EV dealership in Stockton pointed out, as new EV models return to the market, EV owners are trading their prior EVs in and upgrading to EVs with newer technologies. There are more used EVs than the new car dealerships want to handle so they make their way to auction houses and then to used car dealership lots. Beas Auto will be joining our EV Showcase. Electrek concurs: “As new EV sales continue smashing records, more used EVs will become available as buyers trade up for the latest tech and features or more range”. For more info, see https://electrek.co/2023/04/07/used-ev-sales-set-to-rapidly-intensify-after-q1-jump-report/. Finally, thanks to SMUD, we will have a special comprehensive EV buyers guide.