Nearly a dozen different electric cars will make a stop at Dawes Park Friday in a recreation of America’s first motor vehicle race in 1895.

The Electrified Vehicle Rally will depart from the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place at 10 a.m. and arrive in Evanston an hour later, where drivers will be greeted by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

The public is invited to see the vehicles.

Purpose of the rally is to support and promote the efforts of manufacturers to bring advanced high mileage/low emission vehicles to the marketplace.

At 11:30 a.m., the cars will continue their journey to Chicago’s Center for Green Technology, at 445 N Sacramento Blvd., before arriving back at McCormick Place at about 2:15 p.m.

Among the vehicles expected in the rally are the Chevrolet Volt, Fisker Karma, Ford C-max Energi, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Tesla Roadster, Toyota Prius, Toyota Prius C, Toyota Prius PHEV, Volkswagen Passat TDI, VIA Motors EREV Silverado, and Smith Electric Delivery Vehicle.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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