If you’ve ever wanted to test drive an electric vehicle in Jackson, now’s your chance.

With some local partners, Lower Valley Energy — the local electric co-op — is allowing members to try the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt for one to three days. Bolts have a range of 250 miles, a press release said, and drivers can charge them at “numerous stations provided by the town of Jackson, Teton County, Teton Village Association and local businesses.”

Lower Valley’s “EV Experience” program stems from a grant that the Teton Conservation District awarded Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities, which works to advance alternative fuels, vehicles and infrastructure and sustainable transportation options “to increase energy security and sustainability in the region.” Energy Conservation Works provided program support as well.

The idea of the test drives is to answer questions people have when considering buying an electric vehicle. Is there anything tricky about driving an electric vehicle? Will there be charging stations located where I need them along my route? How far can the car go before I need to charge it? Can it handle mountainous terrain?

“YTCC has provided electric vehicle education and awareness programs since 2012, but the missing piece has always been the ability for folks to get behind the wheel and simply take an electric vehicle for a spin,” Alicia Cox, executive director of Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities, said in a press release.

According to the press release, there are 26 all-electric models and 44 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the market, plus, starting this fall, light-duty pickup trucks. The rollout of the electrified version of the F-150 Lightning as well as trucks from GM and others is coming next spring, it said.

“In the United States, transportation is the largest greenhouse gas-emitting sector, with 29% of all greenhouse gas emissions attributed to transportation,” the press release said. “Locally, 65% our emissions are attributed to ground transportation. Driving an electric vehicle in Teton County reduces lifetime emissions by 96% with Lower Valley Energy’s clean electrical grid-mix and reduces tailpipe emissions to zero.”

To sign up to drive a Chevy Bolt, go online to LVEnergy.com/energy-efficiency/ev-experience.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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