Nissan North America has rewarded Plug In America (PIA) for its long effort pushing for more plug-in vehicles with a $25,000 grant. Hey, that's about how much a new Leaf will cost (after tax credits). PIA will not use the money to buy a Leaf but to continue "efforts to speed adoption of mass-market plug-in vehicles through education and outreach." That's probably a better use for the funds, and Nissan has chosen a worthy group to give the money to. We'd be hard pressed to think of an advocacy group that has been working longer or louder to get plug-in vehicles on the road. PIA started in 2003 as DontCrush.com in response to the crushing of some electric vehicles, a tale displayed in the movie Who Killed The Electric Car?
PIA representatives are currently visiting Nissan's facility in Tennessee and learning about the company's plans to assemble the Leaf and its battery there, among other things. Nissan North America senior vice president Scott Becker said in a statement that
Plug in America has championed the benefits of electric vehicles with unwavering focus and consistency for the better part of a decade. We're gratified to be able to help support the organization's continuing efforts to increase positive awareness of EVs for consumers, manufacturers and policy-makers alike.