Electric Vehicles Roar Through Westport — Very, Very Quietly

Electric cars are a quiet revolution — quiet as in “people still don’t talk a lot about them,” and quiet as in “you really can’t hear them, because their engines don’t make noise.”

But electric cars are slowly gaining steam (ho ho) in Westport. And Robin Tauck is one of their biggest advocates.

Robin Tauck, with her Tesla battery charging cord. She drives back and forth to New York often, she says, with "no range anxiety."

Robin Tauck, with her Tesla battery charging cord. She drives back and forth to New York often, she says, with “no range anxiety.”

A member of the family that founded Tauck Tours (now Tauck World Discovery), a Tesla owner for 2 yeears and an active member of the Westport Electric Car Club, the longtime Westporter does whatever  she can to spread the word about the many advantages of electric vehicles.

Tomorrow (Sunday, April 21), she’ll take part in the NYC CO2 Rally, a ride around Manhattan.

And next Saturday — April 27 — she joins 20 or so other drivers for Westport’s 1st-ever Electric Car Rally.

The 40-mile event begins at 9 a.m. at the eastbound Saugatuck train station. (Fun fact: that’s where railroad parking pass holders get special parking privileges and free charging.)

Rally vehicles will include Teslas, Nissan Leafs, Chevy Volts, Fisker Karmas, Mitsubishi i-MiEVs and Smart Car EVs and more. The first electric cars in America will be there too: a 1907 Columbia built in Hartford, and a 1910 Broc Electric Car, courtesy of Dragone Classic Motorcars of Westport.

(Fun fact #2: Electric cars were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, prior to advances in internal combustion engine technology and the mass production of cheaper gasoline vehicles.)

The time-speed-distance rally will include a “pit stop” at 11:30 a.m., for the Fairfield Earth Day Celebration at Fairfield Warde High School.

The rally concludes at 1 p.m. back at the train station, for public viewing and awards. Then it’s off to the Blu Parrot, where everyone can enjoy sliders and music.

At most road rallies, you wouldn’t hear music over the roar of engines.

That won’t be a problem at Westport’s 1st Electric Vehicle Rally, for sure.

(To enter a “plug-in” car — partial or fully electric — email jshuck@optonline.net. For more information, click here.)

9 responses to “Electric Vehicles Roar Through Westport — Very, Very Quietly

    • It is pretty funny – things that people think are “green” because turn out not to be quite so green when you include all of the non-obvious pieces. Sort of like the the paper versus plastic grocery bag discussion. Or let’s kill nasty polluting coal fired electricity generation and replace it with nice clean gas…except now the Sierra Club doesn’t like gas either http://content.sierraclub.org/naturalgas/ . Ooops.

  1. Love the effort, but some of these Westporters who own the fancy electric cars and tout green energy are only assuaging their guilt by offsetting their carbon footprint …given the size of their homes which require a ton of electricity, gas or oil! Ahhhh..the irony.

  2. David Stalling

    Jerry: I agree that most all choices have consequences, but I think it’s good for people to examine the impacts of various options and make informed decisions.

    In regions that rely mostly on coal-fired electricity generation, the overall cumulative environmental impacts can be as high with electric cars as with gas cars. However, in regions that produce electricity via hydroelectric and natural gas, the overall impacts can be significantly lower with electric cars, particularly in regards to C02 emissions. The extraction and use of natural gas certainly has some consequences, but more and more energy companies are developing more efficient and responsible ways to extract and produce energy while minimizing impacts. I think as our nation works to reduce our use and dependence on fossil fuels we will continue developing better, cleaner ways to produce electricity.

    All in all, in many parts of the country (including the East Coast) electric cars have far less overall impacts on the environment and will help reduce emissions of C02 and other greenhouse gases.

    At least people are trying, and that seems like a good thing.

  3. These cars are rolling toxic waste dumps.

  4. I don’t think it’s got anything to do with “greenness”. At $100,000 a pop it’s more like…”I’ve got one and you, the unwashed masses,
    don’t.”

  5. Filthy, rich hypocrites!