OH group makes electric vehicle road trip

BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) - A group is driving around Ohio powered only by electricity in hopes of inspiring others to go green.

People from Green Energy Ohio have already been through Columbus and Cincinnati. They were in Toledo for most of the day Wednesday trying to make a statement.

The group said their trip in a Chevy Volt is the first ever electric vehicle road trip to visit five major cities.

In a Bowling Green lot, they charged the car overnight and into the morning, before heading to Toledo for an event at the University of Toledo's Scott Park Campus.

They said the city of Bowling Green is ahead of many other cities by offering electric charging stations. Bowling Green has six stations and the city does not even charge users for the electricity. Bowling Green State University is putting in three charging stations of their own.

The technology seems to have a home in the Buckeye State.

"Solar and wind go with the electric vehicle. The electric vehicle takes us off of foreign oil. We're an auto state, we can make the parts and the cars and the trucks," said Bill Spratley with Green Energy Ohio.

It is not just the Chevy Volt that got attention Wednesday. The city of Bowling Green showed off its hybrid utility truck. The bucket that is used to lift workers to fix electrical lights runs by battery, saving fuel and making for a quieter working environment.

The city even has plans to convert a few more.

The group from Green Energy Ohio is back in their electric car and heading to Warren, OH for an event Thursday. They will recharge again and be at Progressive Field and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Friday.

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