Discover the difference of driving an electric vehicle at the McAllen Ride and Drive Electric Vehicle Invitational on Friday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Westside Park in McAllen.

Hosted by the City of McAllen Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with EV Autos Texas, this event is offered free to businesses and organizations interested in test driving electric utility and transportation vehicles.

Electric vehicles have been designed to meet the needs of various organizations and everyday drivers, while using no gas and producing zero tailpipe emissions. Electric vehicles deliver strikingly low operating costs making them a great fit for “greening” fleets nationwide. Several models have tremendous cargo and towing capacity, enough to do the work of a conventional light duty pick-up.

Companies currently using electric vehicles include Lockheed Martin, N.A.S.A. Kennedy Space Center, National Park Service, Texas Christian University, University of Houston and University of Texas El Paso among many others.

Interested companies are encouraged to RSVP by Thursday, April 17 by calling the McAllen Parks and Recreation office at (956) 681-3333. Westside Park is located at 1000 S. Ware Road in McAllen, west of the new McAllen Convention Center.

Individuals and families interested in test driving an electric vehicle are encouraged to attend the Vida Verde Festival on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan. The vehicles will be on display throughout the day at the free family earth day celebration and will be available for test rides and drives.

Quinta Mazatlan, the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center, is located at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen, just one block south of La Plaza Mall. For more information about the festival call (956) 681-3370 or visit www.