MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Over 1.1 million electric vehicles have been sold in the U.S. and there are now approximately 50 models of electric vehicles available, many with longer ranges at lower prices than in previous years.

This Saturday, people can learn about electric cars and how they provide cleaner air, can save money, and how they operate.

The Electric Auto Show will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the parking lot of the Maplewood Town Pool, 187 Boyden Ave., Maplewood. The rain date is Sunday, April 28, same time and same place.

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The event is organized by Maplewood Township in partnership with the Sustainable Essex Alliance.

Car dealers and local owners of electric vehicles will be there to share their electric vehicle experiences with interested residents in Essex County.

"This event is organized by volunteers to give our neighbors the opportunity to talk about EVs with one another," said Maplewood Green Team Chair Tracey Woods. "EVs are cheaper to fuel, more fun to drive, and better for our planet. They are simply superior to traditional gas-powered cars and we want to update every community member about this innovative technology."

Maplewood Township's new hybrid police vehicle will also be at the event on display. This hybrid police vehicle uses an estimated 60 percent of the fuel of the non-hybrid version, and the battery allows the vehicle to run communications and temperature controls without idling. The manufacturer estimates that the average carbon emission reduction for this vehicle is 27,421 lbs of CO2 per year.

The event is sponsored by the Lichtman Rabney Group of Hearth Realty.