The Electrify Expo in Long Beach offers consumers hands-on experiences with electric cars, motorcycles and scooters

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — It’s not uncommon to see electric cars on the streets of Southern California. Now a multitude of them are gathered in one place to watch: Electrification Fairwhich takes place at the Long Beach Convention Center.

“The festival was truly created to give people experiences, to answer their questions about electric vehicles, but most importantly to give them the thrill of what it’s like to drive an electric vehicle,” said BJ Birtwell, organizer of Electrify Expo.

The expo runs until Sunday 5 June. Participants have the opportunity to test electric cars and other vehicles throughout the weekend.

When it comes to cars, the Lucid Air is already in garages and turning heads on the highway. Lucid is a startup with big ambitions.

“We believe the place for new companies like Lucid is to really advance the industry through new technology, scale and efficiency, setting new standards that we believe will uplift everyone,” said David Buchko, a spokesman from Lucid engines.

However, the Lucid Air has a six-figure price tag. For lower budgets and slower cruising, Gem is a name that already existed, now under new ownership.

“Not everyone can afford a Tesla. We’re still here, selling the everyday vehicle,” says Carlos Acuna Waev, Inc.which now owns and manufactures electric vehicles from GEM in the neighborhood.

EV bikes are also represented at the show, ranging from simple electric bikes to motorcycles, including the quietest Harley Davidson – the LiveWire.

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Laura Coffey

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