The future of the automobile industry

Cruisin’ the Coast is all about vintage and antique cars, but Mississippi Power, in partnership with Electric Car Guest Drive, wanted to showcase the future of cars.

With more car manufacturers pushing for electric vehicles, Mississippi Power, along with Electric Car Guest Drive, allowed those attending Cruisin’ the Coast to test out a range of electric vehicles. Those who already own an electric vehicle accompanied guests as they test drove what some might say is the future of cars. Mississippi Power Company Director of Marketing/Sales Gifford Ormes said, “The future is electric and we are helping people understand what the cars are about.”

Guests were able to test drive multiple electric vehicles including Teslas, Jaguars, and Mustangs. Celena Lewis, from Alexandria, Louisiana, says she has never been a fan of electric cars, but after test driving the Jaguar, she is sold. “I was very pleasantly surprised. I like it. It has a lot of pick up and go. It’s roomy on the inside just like a regular vehicle. I would actually consider it.”

Not only are electric cars energy efficient, they also are low maintenance. Electric vehicle batteries convert 59 to 62 percent of energy into vehicle movement while gas powered vehicles only convert between 17 and 21 percent. This means, charging a battery puts more toward powering the vehicle than filling the vehicle up with gas. “You don’t have to change the oil. You don’t have to change fluids. There is none of those kinds of things. So, it’s cheaper to maintain. It’s cheaper to operate because it’s a lot cheaper to charge your vehicle than it is to put gas in it.”

News 25’s Janae Jordan decided to test drive the Tesla Model S to see what they hype was all about. “I’m driving, but I’m not driving. These are really, really cool. They completely stop. I have done nothing to this car.”

“You can’t even hear it run. When you get in it’s just on. They are a lot of fun to drive. A lot of these cars go from 0 to 60 in under five seconds. So, you don’t have any problems with power or get up and go getting on the interstate or those kinds of things.”

Ormes says that although Cruisin’ the Coast is all about cars in the past it is important to look at the future of the automobile industry.

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