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Electric Vehicles Showcased At San Diego International Auto Show Opening

Photo credit: San Diego International Auto Show

More than 400 vehicles from over 30 manufacturers will be showcased at the San Diego International Auto Show — some of them just-released models, or types not yet in showrooms.

The San Diego International Auto Show is scheduled to open a five-day run on Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center with EV Day, showcasing electric vehicles.

Various types of electric vehicles will be on display, and experts from the California Center for Sustainable Energy will provide information on owning that type of car. The day's activities are sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric.

According to the utility, around 22,000 EVs are driving on San Diego roadways, making the area one of the highest per-capita EV markets.

The Chevrolet Bolt and Volt, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Kia Soul EV and Optima Hybrid, and Nissan Leaf will be among the EVs on display.

Overall, more than 400 vehicles from over 30 manufacturers will be showcased at the event — some of them just-released models, or types not yet in showrooms.

Video by Katie Schoolov

According to show organizers, models making their debut include the 2018 Jeep Wrangler SUV, 2018 Nissan Kicks compact, the futuristic Toyota FV2 concept car and 2019 Lincoln MKC luxury compact.

Test drives will be offered by 13 manufacturers, according to Kevin Leap, the show's director.

"The test drive is the single most effective tool we have to educate our audience,'' Leap said. "Product specialists engage consumers as they experience the features and drivability of the cars without sales pressure, giving them a true appreciation for the vehicles and a first-hand experience.''

The auto show opens daily at 10 a.m.

Tickets are $15 for attendees over the age of 12. For seniors 62 and over and military with identification, entry will cost $12. Tickets for children ages 7-12 are $11, except for Sunday, when they're free when accompanied by a paying adult. Children 6 and under are free all five days.

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