...and then there were 60.

That's how many cities will be celebrating the Second Annual National Plug In Day later this month.

The celebration of all things EV, which is being put on by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, will take place Sunday, September 23, in cities ranging from the usual suspects – Boston, San Francisco and Austin – to the less-than-usual (for EV enthusiasm) locales like Dallas, Baltimore and Salt Lake City.

Additionally, organizers are looking to drum up further enthusiasm with free "ride and drive" opportunities as well as iPad giveaways at 10 of the events. For instance, the Los Angeles-area ride and drive will take place at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, near Los Angeles International Airport. That event will give people a chance to cruise in a Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Tesla Roadster or Mitsubishi i as well as check out cars like a 1947 Chrysler Windsor and a 1957 427 Chevrolet Project X.

Last year's first-annual National Plug In Day, which took place in October, was held in 29 locations across the country, including one in Santa Monica, CA (pictured), that featured a parade of about 200 plug-in vehicles. We've got press releases on both the National Plug In Day events and the Los Angeles-area EV "ride and drive" festivities below.
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FREE ELECTRIC CAR EVENTS COAST-TO-COAST FOR NATIONAL PLUG IN DAY

BROAD EV AVAILABILITY & CONSUMER BENEFITS ARE FOCUS OF 2nd ANNUAL CELEBRATION

WHAT: Thousands of people in some 60 cities coast-to-coast-more than double last year's count-will celebrate plug-in vehicles for the second annual National Plug In Day. Events from Spokane to Sarasota will highlight the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of electric cars with ride 'n drives, rallies, tailgate parties, charging-infrastructure demos, EV-readiness awards, and more. Among the plug-in vehicles available for ride-n-drives:

Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Plug-in Prius, Ford Focus EV, Honda Fit EV, Fisker Karma, BMW ActiveE, Coda, Zero Motorcycles, and such legacy leaders as the Tesla Roadster and Toyota RAV4 EVs.

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 (times will vary by city)

WHERE: Visit the National Plug In Day website for city-by-city locations and details (still being updated): pluginday.org

WHO: Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers and are teaming up with other local groups across the country to organize events.

ADVANCE COVERAGE PHOTOS AVAILABLE:
TESLA MODEL S & OTHER EVS NEXT TO 1947 CHRYSLER WINDSOR, 1957 427 CHEVROLET PROJECT X AND HOT RODS

DAY-OF PHOTO/VIDEO OPPS:
*** PARADES, RIDE & DRIVES, CONSUMER REACTION TO ZERO TAILPIPE-EMISSION CARS ***

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. We drive electric. You can, too. www.pluginamerica.org.

About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with 1.4 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states. The Sierra Club's national electric vehicles campaign advocates for a switch toEVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut our addiction to oil. www.sierraclub.org/electric-vehicles.

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.

LA-AREA MEDIA ALERT

Media Contact:
Zan Dubin Scott
(310) 383-0956

LOS ANGELES CELEBRATES NATIONAL PLUG IN DAY WITH FREE RIDE-N-DRIVES OF UNMATCHED VARIETY OF ELECTRIC CARS

More than 60 Cities from Spokane to Sarasota Will Stage Activities for Second Annual Celebration

WHAT: Los Angeles will celebrate National Plug In Day by offering free ride-n-drives of an unmatched variety of plug-in cars and motorcycles. These advanced technology vehicles, many of which are emission and noise free, will be available to the public at the Automobile Driving Museum, where some of history's loudest gas-guzzling classic, antique and vintage models are housed for posterity. Thousands of people in some 60 cities coast-to-coast-more than double last year's count-will stage National Plug In Day events to highlight the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of electric cars with ride 'n drives, rallies, "tailpipe-free" tailgate parties, charging-infrastructure demos, EV-readiness awards, and more.

One or more of the following pure-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are confirmed for L.A. test-drives and rides: Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster, Chevy Volt, Coda, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Zero and Vectrix Motorcycles, BMW ActiveE, Honda Fit EV, Plug-In Prius, Toyota RAV4 EV, Fisker Karma. A limited number of Automobile Driving Museum cars will also be available for ride-n-drives. A 1914-1916 Milburn electric car, 1947 Chrysler Windsor and 1957 427 Chevrolet Project X will be among museum vehicles on display.

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St., Los Angeles, CA 90245. Visit the National Plug In Day website for city-by-city locations and details (still being updated): pluginday.org.

COST: Event admission is free. All plug-in vehicle ride-n-drives: free. Automobile Driving Museum ride-n-drives: $5 donation.

WHO: Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers and are teaming with local groups across the country to organize events. Plug In America organized the Los Angeles event, sponsored by Real Food Daily: www.realfood.com

PHOTOS AVAILABLE FOR ADVANCE COVERAGE:
TESLA MODEL S & OTHER EVS NEXT TO 1947 CHRYSLER WINDSOR, 1957 427 CHEVROLET PROJECT X AND HOT RODS

DAY-OF PHOTO/VIDEO OPPS:
CONSUMER EV RIDE-N-DRIVES; ALL VEHICLES ABOVE ON DISPLAY

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. We drive electric. You can, too. www.pluginamerica.org.

About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with 1.4 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states. The Sierra Club's national electric vehicles campaign advocates for a switch toEVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut our addiction to oil. www.sierraclub.org/electric-vehicles.

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.

About the Automobile Driving Museum: The Automobile Driving Museum exists to preserve automotive history, interpret the historical significance, educate our guests and provide them with the opportunity to take a ride in one of the museum's historic collector vehicles. www.theADM.org.


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