When people think of electric cars, they may conjure up visions of glorified golf carts with short distance capabilities and limited capacity and speed. But all that is changing, and it’s high time that people realise they can have it all with the electric cars of today.
Quiet yet powerful transport is at hand without sacrificing space or performance, and there is no better way to see what’s available on the market than at the 2012 Caribbean International Electric Auto Show.
The show is slated to be held at the Cayman Motor Museum from 31 August to 1 September with only a $5 admission fee. The location makes sense, as the museum will be one of several charging stations on Grand Cayman, and of course anything related to the vehicular belongs here.
This exciting event will showcase the latest and greatest models on the market, displaying the newest technology in the electric car industry. Companies such as Wheego, Tazzari, Think City, Amp, Brammo and Eaton will present their products to the public, and information on upcoming projects will also be revealed.
John Felder of Cayman Automotive has been instrumental in bringing electric cars to the Cayman Islands, and although it has been a long road to government approval, he appears to be reaching the end of it. With charging stations already planned for locations throughout Grand Cayman and a heightened interest in an alternative to petrol, this is an ideal opportunity to present the electric vehicles of today.
The Wheego Life is a nippy, two-door vehicle with ample space for two people and cargo. When you turn the key you may not even realise that it is ready to hit the roads, as the familiar thrum of an engine and fumes from the exhaust are completely absent. It is a smooth ride and a perfect choice for commuters on an island such as this. Narrow parking spaces are no longer a problem and when you get it home, just plug it right in to recharge. It’s as simple as that!
For those looking for a larger vehicle, the AMP Mercedes MLe may be just the ticket. This five-door SUV can get up to 100 miles on a single charge with all the luxury that consumers have come to expect from a Mercedes-Benz. It is a full-size option that runs on 100 per cent electricity. Who would have thought we would ever see the day?
There are a number of different models including the AMP Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Tazzarri Zero, and nothing creates a believer like driving one of these vehicles. They really have to be seen to be appreciated.
Charging stations are already under construction at the Cayman Motor Museum, Governor’s Square, Camana Bay and Cayman Automotive, with proposed stations stretching out to East End and North Side in the future. The revolution is definitely beginning, and the first major event to highlight it is this auto show.
The museum has been a great supporter of the electric car movement, and so is happy to be co-presenting this event. Everyone is welcome to come out for the Friday or Saturday to see what these revolutionary vehicles are all about, and ask questions of the experts.
It’s a unique experience not to be missed, so make sure you head to the Cayman Motor Museum at the end of August. You won’t be shocked to discover that you are ready to go electric.
The Cayman Motor Museum is located on Northwest Point Road opposite Cracked Conch.
For more information or to register, call Cayman Automotive at 749-0900 or