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The New York Power Authority Power Vista (File photo)
The New York Power Authority Power Vista (File photo)

New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Vista celebrates Energy Awareness Month


Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:15 pm

Two outdoor events related to electric vehicles

As October is Energy Awareness Month, the New York Power Authority is hosting two energy-related events at the Niagara Power Vista in Lewiston: The Electric Vehicle (EV) Guest Drive on Saturday, Oct. 23, where licensed drivers can test drive an electric vehicle; and a Halloween trunk or treat event for families and kids on Saturday, Oct. 30, where families can trick or treat through an array of electric vehicles.

Both events are designed to showcase NYPA’s commitment to making EVs easy to own and operate in New York, to reduce the carbon footprint of the state’s transportation sector.

The Electric Vehicle Guest Drive runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be an opportunity to learn about available makes and models, the how-tos of charging, and the benefits of electric car adoption. Knowledgeable staff and electric car owners will be on hand to answer questions. Licensed drivers are invited to test-drive a current market electric car, including the Tesla models 3, Y and X; Ford Mustang Mach-E; VW ID4; Kia Niro; and Hyundai Ioniq.

Halloween trunk or treat takes place from 1-3 p.m. Guests can dress up in their Halloween finest. Children are invited to trick or treat through an array of electric and hybrid electric vehicles, just outside the Power Vista.

The admission-free Power Vista, located at 5777 Lewiston Road, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is part of NYPA’s Niagara Power Project, the largest electricity producer in New York.

Visitors are required to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status, read the health questions at the entry, and practice social distancing.

During the pandemic, the Power Authority added additional safety precautions to the complex, including state-of-the-art indoor air filtration systems and additional cleanings, which will remain in place.

The Power Vista, which was redesigned in 2016, offers an array of multimedia exhibits, including hands-on interactive technologies, large touch-screens and a virtual rollercoaster ride relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the area’s history. The location also provides unique views from the observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge.

Throughout the year, the center also serves as the focal point for many free, special events. Check the visitors center website for event information.

Group tours are encouraged to use the online reservations system or call 716-286-6661 for further information. Walk-ins are welcome.

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