Nauna’s Bella Casa Ristorante (148 Valley Road, Montclair) is hosting the biggest electric car meet-up in New Jersey’s history on Sunday, April 15 from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The event is co-sponsored by the NJ Electric Auto Association and Nauna’s. The organizers say that everyone is welcome, whether you own an electric vehicle or are just curious to learn more about them.
There will be over 40 electric cars, including the Tesla Roadster, BMW ActiveE, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Plug-in Prius and more. Dealers from BMW, Nissan and Mitsubishi will be on hand to answer questions.
Nauna’s owner, Tom Moloughney, is an early adopter, having purchased one of the first 500 fully electric Mini Coopers in 2009. He has held several similar meets at Nauna’s, but none attracted so much attention.
“The event has snowballed,” said Moloughney, who noted that people have called from as far as Pennsylvania to ask about the show and that the Star Ledger will cover it.
Attendees will be able to check out the cars and speak to their owners about the realities of owning an electric vehicle (EV). “Don’t be shy, ask questions,” said Moloughney. “There is a lot of misinformation out there, and we want to dispel some of the myths.”
He noted that many people think EVs are not practical for everyday driving, as they need to be recharged frequently. “I commute from 35 miles away,” he said, and he has no issue with recharging. “And I haven’t bought gas in three years!”
Moloughney noted that Montclair is a great place for electric car owners. “We are one of the few towns that have so many public charging stations,” he said, including four in town, one at the Hillside Square development and one at Nauna’s. “People who are bringing their cars on Sunday can charge up here before they go home,” he said.
Since it can take as many as four hours to recharge, Moloughney suggested folks plug in and take a walk around town. “They can go to a cafe or go shopping,” he said. “It’s gonna be a fun day.”