Narayan Kar with orange PriusElectrical engineering professor Narayan Kar poses with the Toyota Prius hybrid electric vehicle he will display during a public event June 8.

Event to showcase electric vehicle technology

Electrical engineering professor Narayan Kar will be showing off the latest acquisition from his research lab at an event this Saturday: a brand new, bright orange Toyota Prius hybrid electric vehicle.

The car, recently purchased from Eastway Toyota with support from industry partner Sober Steering and the AUTO21 network, will be on display when the Renewable Technology Centre hosts its fourth annual electric vehicle event at Green SunRising, a local designer of solar energy systems.

“Public education is part of our responsibility to the community,” said Dr. Kar, whose research program is focused on maximizing the range and durability of the electric portion of hybrid electric vehicles. “This car will facilitate a lot of research in our lab and we’d like to share that with the general public.”

The event, being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1680 Kildare Road, is billed as a day dedicated to the future of clean transportation showcasing the latest in electric vehicle technology.

Besides the Prius from Kar’s lab, Green SunRising owner Klaus Dohring expects an additional 10 electric vehicles to be on display. Visitors will also get to see a variety of electric vehicle charging stations and solar powered carports.