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Feb. 22 Electric Transportation Forum in Reno Plug into economic benefits, business opportunities, and national security issues at half-day workshop.

Electric vehicles and the electrification of transportation offer tremendous benefits to all Nevadans, according to organizers of a workshop to be held the afternoon of Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the UNR Innevation Center (450 Sinclair St.) in Reno. Transportation powered by electricity -- whether cars, trucks, buses, or other -- greatly reduces air pollution, provides substantial economic benefits to Nevada, and improves our nation’s security.

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