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Electric car show brings spark of ingenuity to ScienceFest

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BY ISAAC FASON
lanews@lamonitor.com

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities hosted an electric vehicle show Saturday at the Nature Center as a part of Los Alamos ScienceFest.

The show contained a wide range of electric vehicles, including a 2018 Tesla 3, a 2015 Nissan Leaf, a 2018 Chevrolet Volt, a 2013 Toyota RAV4 and many more.

The vehicle that possibly stood out the most among the sleek modern vehicles, however, was a 1981 Jet Electra Van owned by Jim Redman.

Redman has owned the vehicle for “about 4-5 years, I bought it from a guy up in Taos,” he said.

In terms of everyday utility, the van is not as reliable compared to the more modern cars at the show.

“This is just a fun vehicle, a classic vehicle to drive around,” said Redman. “I would like to drive it more but there’s always a project with it. Mostly I like to use it for driving around town, going grocery shopping, something like that.”

Even though the van is not Redman’s primary vehicle, many people in Los Alamos have seen it.

“I drive this usually in the parades, so it is fairly well known around town and I was invited to come show it off today,” Redman said on his involvement in the show.

When asked about the future of transportation, Redman thinks electric vehicles will play an important role.

“This one’s obviously impractical, but as you look around at the other cars you see there are lots of practical electric cars with low maintenance, long range. They’re just like real cars.” Redman said. “What you really begin to appreciate when you own an electric vehicle is how much energy goes into transportation. And when you realize that’s actually typically people burning gasoline, you realize quite how much gasoline and fossil fuel is being used just for transportation.”