Parker Royalty, 3, was at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to visit the fish and other sea animals, but he liked what was in the parking lot better — a red 2016 Tesla Model X.
The electric vehicle was on display earlier this month during Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s fifth annual Electrify the Island event.
Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer announced that the county proclaimed Sept. 10-18 National Drive Electric Week.
Electrify the Island serves as a kickoff for Drive Electric Week. Throughout the day, visitors to the aquarium and electric car fanatics could stop outside the aquarium to look at various electric cars. Booths were set up by local businesses focusing on sustainability and energy efficiency to educate attendees. Local electric vehicle owners were also present and answered questions from attendees.
Rich Garrett, who owns a 2014 Tesla P85D, said the city of Sarasota is electric vehicle-friendly and encourages more people to explore the environmentally friendly form of transportation.
“Try the electric and forget the range anxiety,” he said.