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Leon County Readies for More Electric Vehicles

Tom Flanigan

Sustainable Tallahassee along with the City of Tallahassee and Leon County governments partnered to host the area's Second Annual Electric Vehicle Expo on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The event took place along the southern perimeter of the Village Square Shopping Center in Northeast Tallahassee, which is equipped with a total of 10 electric vehicle charging stations. Among the vehicles on display was a shiny new Tesla, which choregraphed its own demo, flashing its lights and flapping its gull-wing doors in time to the music from its hi-fi sound system. There were lots other electric cars to admire and even an electric-powered StartMetro bus. Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey called it the future.

"We made the motion 2 years ago to expand the infrastructure for electric vehicles in our community," he reminded the crowd.

County Commissioner Bryan Deslodge cited personal experience.

"Frankly, I drove a Tesla a couple of weeks ago and it's the fastest thing I've ever been in," he marvelled. "I'm all over these electric cars!" To which Mayor Dailey quipped, "Slow down, Deslodge!"

Dailey also noted the city is about to bring its second forty-megawatt solar farm on line to help meet the future charging demands of more electric vehicles.