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HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - This year Tulip Time may not have as many flowers as in the past but organizers are proud that it will be using green technology. The festival has switched to electric and hybrid vehicles for one of its biggest parades.

The four electric car charging stations in downtown Holland will be part of the Tulip Time show next week.

"We're the first in the country to convert a traditional parade from gas powered vehicles to hybrid," says Gwen Auwerda, Executive Director of the Tulip Time Festival.

There will be several eco-friendly vehicles towing the floats during the Kinder Parade.

"All the vehicles that will tow our floats will either be all electric or hybrid," says Auwerda.

Tulip Time organizers say the child-oriented parade required fewer vehicles and sends a strong message.

 "Our kids are our future, so looking at the technology and the future it will bring to Holland, seemed like the perfect fit," says Auwerda.

Tulip Time organizers say in some other cities the charge stations cost money, but in Holland they're free.

"This is a great way to have electric vehicles become known to the public and have thousands of people see it," says Ross Devries, New Car Sales Manager for VerHage Mitsubishi.

The vehicles also use Lithium Ion batteries that are made by Holland-based Johnson Controls.

"I think our community and our world needs to look at this new way to get around town," says Auwerda.

The Kinder Parade is May 10th.  Tulip Time organizers say they've also replaced motorcycles with Segways for the event.   They say the green initiative does not come with any additional cost to the festival.

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