Electric conversion

Technology continues to provide incredible opportunities. This week it means a focus on electric vehicles.

Now in its third year, the Electric Vehicle Conversation Convention returned to Cape Girardeau on Tuesday. It continues though Sunday.

About 150 people were expected to be in town to learn about the technology championed by Cape Girardeau resident Jack Rickard.

Rickard hosts a weekly Internet program on electric-vehicle conversion. He and Brian Noto are co-organizers of the convention. Rickard told the Southeast Missourian recently that he expects the technology to become more popular should gas prices continue to increase.

There are a couple of opportunities for the public to see these vehicles in action. Drag races and autocross will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. The vehicles also will be available for viewing from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arena Building.

It's exciting to see events like this come to the area. Special events are a boost to our local economy. There's also the added benefit for people in this area to see some unique vehicles and technology.

To learn more about the convention or online program, visit evtv.me.