Elliot Weinstein of Springettsbury Township drives his fully electric Tesla Model S. Electric cars will be on display Sunday at the York Jewish Community
Elliot Weinstein of Springettsbury Township drives his fully electric Tesla Model S. Electric cars will be on display Sunday at the York Jewish Community Center as part of a program about environmentally friendly vehicles. Reel to Real, a collaboration of local environmentalists, is organizing the event. (John A. Pavoncello photo)

Everyone is going to be boogie woogie woogie-ing at the York JCC this weekend.

A program all about electric cars will be held Sunday as part of a movie-and-demonstration program for anyone curious about how a car can run without gas.

Elliot Weinstein, a Springettsbury Township resident, is eager to show off his Tesla Model S electric car.

He thinks it will grab attention and get people to think twice about pre-conceived notions on electric cars.

"This is a real car. This is a true alternative to the internal combustion engine," Weinstein said.

His Tesla which he just bought a couple of months ago, can go up to about 250 miles on a single charge. It plugs in to an outlet the same as what would be used for a dryer.

Elliot Weinstein of Springettsbury Township’s full electric Tesla Model 2 car.
Elliot Weinstein of Springettsbury Township's full electric Tesla Model 2 car. (John A. Pavoncello photo)

"This is the future," Weinstein said.

Prices: The Model S was named Motor Trend magazine's "Car of the Year" for 2013.

The car, after a tax incentive, has a base price of $62,400, according to the Tesla site.

That's pricey. But then again, you're never buying gas again.

For the more budget-friendly, a Nissan Leaf base price is about $28,000, although it travels only 100 miles on a charge.

Still, the Leaf's electric motor has the equivalent fuel economy of about 99 miles per gallon.

New environmental group: The electric cars on display will be part of an environmentally-friendly, vehicle-themed program, coordinated by Reel to Real, a newly formed local collaboration of environmentalists.

The group will screen the documentary "Revenge of the Electric Car," which shows four entrepreneurs tackling the challenge of building electric cars and selling them to the public.

Tickets are $5 at the door for the event, held at 2 p.m. at the York JCC, 2000 Hollywood Drive.

Reel to Real president Karen Swam said the group hopes to inspire people in York County to consider using more environmentally friendly products. Electric cars seemed like a good way to attract interest for their first event.

"We felt it was different and eye-catching," Swam said.

More information about the movie can be found at www.revengeoftheelectriccar.com.

For more information about the event, call Linda Seligson, York JCC Cultural and Contemporary adult director, at 843-0918.

-- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com