Car owners will discuss the merits of electric vehicles

The League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area (LWVPRA) is hosting an electric car education program at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 at Pavilion 3 in Heartland Park.

The event is free and open to the public.

A “hot topic” facing citizens today is whether and how to support a shift from gasoline-powered vehicles to all-electric cars. At the LWVPRA event, local electric car owners Dan and Chris Wilde and Alan Kriz will talk about their experiences with the technology.

“When we bought our first BEV (battery electric vehicle) in 2015, there wasn’t as much choice of affordable cars,” said Dan Wilde. “We found a Nissan Leaf dealership near us (in California) that had great sales at the time. We tested the car and loved it, so we made our purchase.

“For the Tesla, I did a lot of reading on the internet about the car and also got to test our neighbor’s Tesla. Tesla was the only car at the time of our purchase that had a range of over 300 miles. It also has a great nationwide supercharging system that makes long distance travel more convenient. “

The public will be able to ask questions about the two Tesla and the three hybrid cars that will be in the parking lot, so that visitors can take a look.

The LWVPRA Annual Meeting will follow the event, and all are welcome to stay and learn more about the league. The agenda includes the election of new leaders, ratification of the league’s non-partisan and diversity policies, and voting on an annual budget.

For more information, including how to join the league (not just for women), email or visit

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