Attendees at this year’s OC Auto Show should prepare for a truly electric experience.
And it’s not just a metaphor.
Several models of electric vehicles, or EVs as they are commonly known, from Chevrolet, Nissan, Kia, Ford, Volkswagen and other manufacturers will be on display during the show, which makes its first return since the pandemic began this weekend. at the Anaheim Convention Center. It runs until Sunday.
“There’s a big emphasis on electrics,” said John Saccrison, executive director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association, owner of the four-day show. “Orange County is one of the nation’s top electric vehicle markets. Twenty percent of all new vehicles sold this year (in OC) are electric vehicles. This makes us one of the leaders of the nation.
The SoCal Electrified Ride Experience includes an indoor performance track where participants can ride a shotgun in a range of models with professional drivers behind the wheel to experience the quick acceleration and tight handling of the new all-electric vehicles.
All-electric vehicles from Porsche, Audi, Genesis, Mini and BMW are also on display.
Electric Avenue, an electric vehicle learning center, is set up trackside to educate consumers about the benefits of electric vehicles, charging options and what California motorists can expect from electric vehicles in the future.
“Some people don’t understand the performance of an electric vehicle,” Sackrison said. “We think green, good for the environment, but they’re a kick in the pants to drive. So the point of this EV experience is to let consumers know that it’s not necessarily a trade-off. I think many will think of it as an exchange.
Manufacturers of a variety of car styles offer test drives at the auto show.
At the Toyota Driver Center, attendees can test drive the Tundra, Sequoia, Tundra Hybrid and RAV-4 Hybrid, among other models.
The Crown, a new model from Toyota is also on the floor.
“Any time you have a new vehicle produced by a manufacturer, it’s something that will generate a lot of interest,” Saccrison said.
Exotic vehicles from McLaren and Lamborghini will also bring crowds of onlookers to the exhibition floor.
On an off-road test drive, Camp Jeep, participants can ride as passengers as 4×4 drivers climb and descend an 18-foot, 35-degree hill, then rumble across a stretch of terrain simulating fallen logs.
Camp Jeep course manager Jesse Qualley expects hybrid models of the Wrangler Rubicon and Grand Cherokee to be a popular choice among those looking to experience the course.
The Cherokee and Rubicon hybrids are among the first hybrids in which the driver has the choice of going all-electric, hybrid or all-gas, Qualley said.
“So that’s a middle ground,” he said. “As everything becomes electric, you are not dependent on electricity, but you can still use it and benefit from it.”
It’s still a Rubicon, he said. “They want to remove the doors. They want to remove the roof. It’s still the Rubicon we know and love. Now it’s a bit more efficient.
On Sunday, a special collection of Ford Mustangs from the OC Mustang Club are set to be on display.
There’s a lot to see after the auto show went into the park for two years of the pandemic.
There have been “seismic shifts” in the auto industry over the past three years, Sackrison said.
“If you think about a three-year gap, a lot of things change,” he said. “That’s what makes this show so exciting to me.”