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Electric Car Show Rolls Into the Metro

DES MOINES, Iowa -- From the outside David Darrow’s Tesla looks like any other car.

“It’s just become my daily runner. I’ve put over, well, I put over 21,000 miles on it within a year,” said David Darrow, Tesla owner.

But if you pop the hood it’s much different. His car requires no gas and is completely run off of electricity

“We’ll yeah, on a full charge 255 miles,” said Darrow.

David is like a growing number of drivers in the state that are opting to go electric instead of gas. Currently there are over 1,000 electric cars across the state.

“In 2010, there were pretty much 0. So just in the past 6 years, that much of an increase,” said Stephanie Weisenbach of the Iowa Clean Cities Coalition. “So, with more models coming online, we’re expecting that number to rise quite a bit.”

David and his Tesla will be at a new car show in the metro over next two days at 12th Street between Locust Street and Grand Avenue. The Drive Electric DSM show hopes to connect drivers with local electric owners, dealers and researchers about the benefits of owning an electric vehicle and the biggest thing they will share -- it’s more than just saving the environment, it’s protecting your wallet.

“The average cost to charge a vehicle fully is less than $3 on our current electricity prices,” said Weisenbach.

Darrow estimates that he’s driven about 20,000 miles in the year he has had the car and it cost only $700 in electricity.

“I kinda get it, it’s pretty outstanding. Is it perfect, no,” said Darrow.

The imperfection he is talking about is finding a charge. On a full battery most electric cars can get between 150-250 miles but to charge them you need to be at home or a find special charging station. With only  70 stations in the whole state it can make it a little difficult to travel far.

“I’ve been a little disappointed that they didn’t fill in the charging network on I-80 as quickly as they originally intended,” said Darrow.

At the event you’ll be able to get up close and even test-drive electric vehicls, but watch out these things can fly.

“That reaction never gets old,” says Darrow.