The 3rd annual National Plug In Day, being held this weekend (September 28-29), recognizes the increasing growth in the electric vehicle market. From around the globe, prospective buyers will be able to learn about electric vehicles (EVs) at events in more than 90 cities where communities are supporting the clean-air benefits and fuel cost-savings of EVs.
Plug-in vehicles by Nissan, GM, Tesla, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Ford, Honda and other automakers will be available for test rides and test drives. The number of plug-in models available rose from seven in 2010 to 13 in 2011, 20 in 2012 and 28 in 2013.
Tens of thousands of people in some 90 U.S. cities will rally to raise awareness of plug-in vehicles for the third annual National Plug In Day, with Mexico and Amsterdam taking part for the first time. The goal of events from North America to the Netherlands will be to give consumer information and test-drives to more EV newcomers than ever. These gasoline-car drivers will be able to experience the quiet, clean thrill of plug-in vehicles first-hand while learning about their cost-savings, national security and clean-air benefits.
“Thanks to the continued drop in prices, plug-in vehicles are now within the reach of millions of Americans. Many are now driving ‘for free’ because their car payments are equal to or even less than they paid for gasoline,” said Plug In America president Richard Kelly. “Our aim is to raise awareness of this affordability and the many other benefits of EVs.”
The events vary: In Philadelphia, U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah is scheduled to speak and test drive an electric car. In Las Vegas, event participants will be treated to a solar EV charging canopy. In Seattle, speed enthusiasts will drag race their EVs. In Long Beach, CA, upwards of 100 electric vehicles are expected to be available for viewing and test drives, and the mayor has issued a proclamation in honor of the day and local EV leaders. In Amsterdam, the E-Challenge will roll out more than 250 EVs through its city center. And stock car racer Leilani Münter will showcase her Tesla at Octoberfest in Charlotte, NC.
“Americans are finding out how liberating it can be to drive electric. We noticed a significant increase in electric vehicle sales following the last National Plug In Day, and the numbers keep rising,” said Plug In America president Richard Kelly. “More EVs are hitting the pavement, and they are selling. We’ve gone from 345 electric vehicles sold in December 2010 to 18,000 by December 2011 to 70,000 by the end of 2012. Last month American consumers bought more than 11,000 EVs, doubling EV sales from the previous month. To date, more than 130,000 EVs have been sold in the U.S. since late 2010 – with sales effectively growing by about 200% a year.”
“I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Today automakers are competing on innovation and efficiency, America has cut its oil use by 10 percent in the past eight years, and EVs are a big part of that success,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director. “National Plug In Day is our chance to take our electric cars on a victory lap. Sales are exploding, plug-in technology is beating gasoline-powered cars while saving Americans money on gas and reducing pollution.”
Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association are the organizers for National Plug In Day, with many other partners and sponsors at the local level. For more information about National Plug In Day and a list of events, visit http://www.pluginday.org.
Nissan – 1st automotive sponsor of National Plug In Day
With cumulative U.S. sales passing 35,000, Nissan LEAF is bringing owners throughout the United States together to share their enthusiasm and experiences during National Plug In Day on Sept. 28 and 29. Nissan-the global leader in electric vehicle sales-is the first automaker to serve as a presenting sponsor of National Plug In Day.
Nissan LEAF sales in the United States are up 317 percent year-over-year since launching the 2013 model in March, and these sales are rapidly expanding to a new wave of markets such as Atlanta, St. Louis and Denver. Similarly, National Plug In Day has expanded to more than 80 events in cities across the United States-and several in other countries. Thousands of EV advocates will take part in a variety of activities like EV parades, tailgates, ride-and-drives, live music and games.
Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of EV Marketing and Sales Strategy, said: “From the early adopters to the most recent buyers, our owners consistently tell us that Nissan LEAF quickly becomes the car of choice in their household, and they spread the word about LEAF to their family and friends. Nissan is sponsoring National Plug In Day to celebrate the growing presence of electric cars like Nissan LEAF and the role that our owners are playing in spurring the next round of EV buyers.”
“Plug-in car buyers are not just motivated by environmental concerns. We buy plug-ins because they cost much less to drive, and they are just better, quicker, more fun cars to drive,” said Plug In America spokesperson Zan Dubin Scott, who launched National Plug In Day. “National Plug In Day brings together thousands of people across the country who already see these benefits and want to share the word with others.”
National Plug In Day, organized by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, is a nationwide celebration created to heighten awareness of and highlight the benefits of plug-in vehicles, such as Nissan LEAF. For more information on National Plug In Day, including information on local events, visit www.PlugInDay.org.
WHAT: National Plug In Day, which is the nation’s largest grassroots electric vehicle event. Twin Cities Plug In Day will be celebrated in St. Paul at the south lot of Como Pavilion.
WHEN: Saturday or Sunday, Sept. 28 or 29, 2013. Date and times vary by city.
WHERE: Visit the National Plug In Day website for city-by-city locations and details: pluginday.org
WHO: Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers teaming up with local groups across the country and abroad to organize events. National sponsors include the Nissan LEAF and Schneider EVlink.
National Plug In Day activities
National Plug In Day activities vary by city. In addition to test drives, the scheduled events include rallies, tailgate parties, charging-infrastructure demos, EV-readiness awards, and more.
Among the plug-in vehicles expected for public ride-n-drives:
Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Plug-in Prius, Ford Focus EV, Honda Fit EV, BMW ActiveE, Zero and Brammo motorcycles and such earlier models as the Tesla Roadster, Fisker Karma, Coda and Toyota RAV4 EV.
About Plug In America: Plug In America is leading the nation’s plug-in vehicle movement. The nonprofit organization works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. www.pluginamerica.org.
About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with more than 2.3 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states. The Sierra Club’s national electric vehicles campaign advocates for a switch to EVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut our addiction to oil. www.sierraclub.org/EVGuide
About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. www.electricauto.org