OKLAHOMA CELEBRATES ELECTRIC INNOVATION
Entrepreneurs Who Are Leading the Charge for
Electric Vehicles to Host Public Demo and Drive
Monday November 9th, 4 p.m. at
AT&T Bricktown Ballpark
Oklahoma City, OK -November 5, 2009- Oklahomans will have a chance to celebrate the decision securing a tax incentive for electric vehicles that is making the Sooner State ground zero for one of the nation’s fastest growing industries.
Last week an Oklahoma District Judge issued a ruling against the state tax commission that will allow residents to continue to claim a tax credit applied to the purchase of certain electric vehicles through December 31st.
“This is a victory for all Oklahomans, their faith in the judicial system has been renewed,” said Roger Gaddis of Ada Electric Cars, the lead plaintiff in the case.
“It’s not just about a tax incentive,” claims Greg Conrady of GKU Electric Vehicles, “ This is about Oklahoma taking leadership in developing the market for one of the fastest growing industries in America, the market for electric Low Speed Vehicles.”
According to International Market Solutions, a NY-based research firm, the LSV market is the fastest growing segment of the small task-oriented vehicle (STOV) market, increasing by nearly 50 percent in the last year.
In another study conducted by Green Car Institute, a nonprofit California research corporation, both consumers and businesses are using LSVs instead of cars or trucks with old internal combustion engines for daily short-distance trips and for cargo transport. Why? LSV owners claim they purchased the smaller more agile street-legal vehicles because they offer a green mode of travel, save dollars at the pump and fit both their lifestyle and commuter needs close to home.
“Fifteen BILLION miles are driven EVERY WEEK within SEVEN miles of home,” according to Mike Tomberlin, CEO of the Tomberlin, “Electric vehicles are ready NOW to travel those miles, to save money, save the environment and save America from oil dependence.”
“Oklahoma is showing the country that by creating incentives, the state can help to create a gold rush in the green transport sector,” says Gaddis, “Once Detroit was the center of the automotive world that new center will belong to the state or the cities that recognize that the evolution of electric transport rivals the early days of the automobile industry.”
Five Oklahoma dealers of LSVs, the primary drivers of the suit against the state tax commission, will host an event to mark the continuance of the tax incentive for Oklahoma buyers. The event at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark will include representatives of the Tomberlin, the manufacturer that is America’s #1 choice for personal electric LSVs.
A range of Tomberlin LSVs will be available for the public to demo and drive. Public event starts at 4 p.m. at the corner of Reno Avenue and Mickey Mantle Drive.
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