Attendees of the Chicago Auto Show on July 15, 2021 get into a Ford Mustang Mach-E for a test ride in the electric crossover outside of the McCormick Place Convention Center.
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CHICAGO – Jim Nierman yells with excitement as he gets out of an electric Mustang Mach-E crossover after a test drive at the Chicago Auto Show.
“Oh my God! … I’ve driven a lot of electric cars and that’s nice,” said the high school auto shop teacher. “It was like a rocket ship.”
Nierman, 54, is one of tens of thousands of people expected to attend the five-day event, which is the first major auto show in the country since the coronavirus pandemic began in spring 2020.
It’s not a typical Chicago…