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Macomb Community College invites community to Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive at South Campus in Warren

– Friday, April 4, 2014 12:00PM

Driving slots are limited, so early sign-up is encouraged

On May 2, from 3 - 8 p.m., Macomb Community College’s Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) will hold a free Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive on Macomb’s South Campus in Warren.

If you aren’t already measuring your car’s mileage in kilowatt hours rather than gallons, you could be in the not-so-distant future. This event will help you see what that’s like.  Attendees will have the chance to try out the latest electrified vehicles currently on the market, including: Chevrolet Spark EV; Chevrolet Volt; Ford C-Max Energi; Ford Focus EV; Ford Fusion Hybrid; Nissan Leaf; Tesla Model S; Toyota Highlander Hybrid; and Toyota Prius.  Representatives from vehicle manufacturers and charging station suppliers will be on hand to answer questions. 

The event will also feature the Michigan Tech Mobile Lab. The traveling hybrid and electric vehicle education unit from Michigan Technological University includes a powertrain test cell, a configurable hybrid electric vehicle, three other state-of-the-art hybrid vehicles,  a portable chassis dynamometer, a “smart” interactive micro electric grid and more.

The event, held in conjunction with CAAT’s annual conference for educators, will take place in Macomb’s parking lots along Hayes Road between E. 12 Mile and Martin roads.  

Space is limited, so those interested in signing up for driving slots are urged to register as soon as possible.  Preregistration is required at Those who wish to drive a vehicle at the event must be at least 18 years old, provide a valid driver’s license and sign a liability waiver. Non-drivers are welcome to participate as passengers only.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, CAAT ( is a partnership between Macomb Community College and Wayne State University to provide the spectrum of educational opportunities necessary to support and leverage the emerging alternative energy vehicles industry in southeast Michigan.  Its goals are to increase the pool of automotive technicians, engineering technologists and engineers to work with advanced propulsion vehicle systems and their components; lead the way in collaboration among education, industry, government and professional associations; and be a regional resource for developing and disseminating advanced automotive technology education.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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