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September 27, 2013

Are you Celebrating National Plug In Day on September 29?

NATIONAL-PLUG-IN-DAYDid you know?  3rd Annual National Plug In Day is this weekend, and green car enthusiasts across the nation will be celebrating the electrification of the automobile with special events in their area, as well as at a main event that will be happening in the nation’s capital.

National Plug In day is celebrated this year on Saturday, September 29th, and is intended to introduce people to the benefits of driving electric vehicles; highlighting the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of electric cars with ride and drives, rallies, tailgate parties, charging-infrastructure demos, EV-readiness awards, and more.

Electric-drive-logo-bas_6665Many of these National Plug In Day events are happening over the weekend of September 28 and 29, offering the perfect opportunity to educate consumers on electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles wherever they happen to be. If you live in the Los Angeles area, you’re in luck, because many events are being held in the Greater Los Angeles area. Just check the event page to find a Plug in Day event near you.

Nissan_Leaf_Nismo-National_Plug_in_day-BAS_6671Nissan, the maker of the all-electric LEAF -- and a high-performance NISMO-developed racing edition -- is a national sponsor of National Plug In Day, and is encouraging awareness of the importance of exploring advanced technologies like those used in electric vehicles.


Electric-drive-logo-bas_6666Official Fun Facts About Plug-In Electric Vehicles:

You may have noticed that people who drive the new plug in electrics can't help smiling about it. offers the following factoids to help consumers see and possibly drive an electric vehicle and learn from real drivers what they already know:

•Electric vehicles are fun to drive. They are smooth and quiet, and their high torque – even at low speeds – provides instant accelerator response, and also better performance in snow.
•Electric vehicles are easier and cheaper to fuel. Fuel for EVs costs much less than for gasoline vehicles. Fueling your car with electricity is about five times cheaper than fueling with gasoline. It is much more convenient to simply plug in when you arrive home than to stop by a gas station to fill your gas tank.

•Electric vehicles are cheaper to maintain. 
Maintenance for all-electric vehicles costs much less than for gasoline vehicles. They require no oil changes and have 10 times fewer moving parts than a gasoline-powered car. There's no engine, transmission, spark plugs, valves, fuel tank, tailpipe, distributor, starter, clutch, muffler, or catalytic converter.
Electric-drive-logo-bas_6690•Electric vehicles are cleaner. Less gas means less pollution, even when taking into account the emissions from the generation of electricity.

•Electric vehicles are going mainstream. 
Electric vehicles are selling better out of the gate than did the first hybrids. Well over 100,000 plug-in vehicles have been sold, and the rate is accelerating as more cars come to the market.
•Electric vehicles are creating good American jobs. We are building advanced technology vehicles and components in at least 20 states, creating thousands of new, good jobs.
•Electric vehicles make for a more stable and secure United States. We need to stop feeding our oil addiction by sending nearly $1 billion overseas each day, often to governments unfriendly to US policies.


Electric-drive-logo-bas_6698Interested in shopping for a Plug-In Electric Vehicle of your own?

There are so many to choose from, such as the following Plug-in Electric Vehicles already on the market in many locations:

• BMW ActiveE (limited availability)
• Ford Focus Electric
• Honda Fit EV (limited availability)
• Mitsubishi i
• Nissan LEAF
• Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (limited availability)
• Toyota RAV4 EV (limited availability)
• Tesla Model S

You can find out more about the variety of Plug In Electric Vehicles by downloading this informative PDF about several Plug In Electric Vehicles on sale now


These two Plug-In Electric Vehicles are scheduled to come on the market in specific markets soon:

• BMW i3
• Chevy Spark EV


If you’re concerned about range anxiety, consider these Plug-in Hybrid Electric and Extended Range EVs on the market. These vehicles combine an electric motor with a internal combustion engine to give you the best of both engine types.

• Chevy Volt
• Ford C-MAX Energ
• Ford Fusion Energi (just rolling out)
• Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid (limited availability)


And if that’s not enough, the following companies also manufacture electric motorcycles, bicycles, and mopeds. These are perfect for people who are looking at two-wheeled transportation options!

• Zero Motorcycle Company
• Brammo
• Current Motor
• Giant
• Mavizen
• Ray
• Quantya
• Vectrix



National Plug In Day invites everybody to come participate at one of the national events and get your own EV smile!




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