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Electric Car Industry Celebrates

Alan Buck
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  The electric car industry continues to grow across the nation and here in our state as more and more manufacturers and dealers are now offering these vehicles.  The industry is celebrated every year with National Drive Electric Week which is coming September 10-18th.

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Buck, one of the city co-captains for the event’s activities in Columbia, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.