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Letter: Check out the electric vehicle expo coming up in Detroit Lakes

We are poised on the cusp of widespread electrification of transportation in America, and new electric vehicle options are arriving all the time – including pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles.

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The leadership of the local Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America (the Ikes) read with interest the June 6 article in the Forum (“Is it time to buy an electric vehicle? These owners say yes, with a few caveats”), and wanted to share an upcoming event that we will be co-hosting that may be of interest to many area residents.

Climate change is a critical challenge facing Minnesota and the U.S. and transportation emissions are a major contributor that need addressing.

As the article pointed out, some area residents are already taking climate action by embracing electric vehicles (and e-bikes).

Others have embraced battery-powered lawn equipment and recreational vehicles for ease of use and maintenance, and to reduce gas consumption – which is a great idea right now.

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We are poised on the cusp of widespread electrification of transportation in America, and new electric vehicle options are arriving all the time – including pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles.

The auto industry is fully embracing the transformation, as they see the market quickly moving in this direction. According to Car and Driver, "In the first three months of 2022 EV (electric vehicle) registrations shot up an astonishing 60 percent even as the overall market was down 18 percent."

Our Lakes Area Electric Vehicle Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes.

This free event will provide an opportunity for people to learn about how electric vehicles will help us all tackle climate change, converse with local dealers about their EV products, try driving an EV, and chat with EV owners about their experiences.

We will also have Paul Douglas, meteorologist, author, and entrepreneur speak about climate change from a Christian perspective. All are invited – especially those with doubts or concerns about switching to electric vehicles. Learn more about the event at https://fb.me/e/djlxyEoAi .

(Davis is co-president of the Izaak Walton League’s Prairie Woods Chapter)

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