Electric vehicles a focus at 2020 Philadelphia Auto Show

Mike Dougherty
February 07, 2020 - 9:09 am
The new Lexus LC500 exterior and interior are shown at the 2020 Philadelphia Auto Show.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Looking for some new wheels? Like, really new wheels? The Philadelphia Auto Show is the place to be this weekend — both for gearheads and for people who just appreciate beautiful cars. 

A big theme this year is the growing electric vehicle market. Even Porsche, known for making some of the most powerful and well-built motors on the market, is getting in on it. The automaker is debuting its 2020 Taycan, a brand-new electric vehicle with nearly 500 horsepower. 

Executive Director Kevin Mazzucola says the Auto Show partnered this year with PECO to help educate visitors about electric vehicles, charging stations, and how recharging works.

The show features at least 700 rides inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center. There are several new models to check out — everything imaginable, from compact economy cars to a Rolls Royce SUV to the fastest production cars in the world. 

And there is a twist on a classic. For the first time, visitors can get a look at a mid-engine Corvette. And this thing looks bad to the bone.

Mazzucola says organizers expect about 250,000 people to pass through the show floor through the closing date, Feb. 17.

The annual Black-Tie Tailgate on Friday night will kick off the Auto Show. The gala is expected to raise about $9 million for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.