• Sep 27th 2013 at 7:03PM
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Plug-in vehicle fans are getting ready to party this weekend as the Third Annual National Plug In Day hits cities worldwide. With events taking place Saturday and Sunday in over 95 cities (mostly in the US, but also in Holland and Canada), there's a lot of variety in what, exactly, the parties will look like. Racer Leilani Münter will show off her Tesla EV in Charlotte, NC. Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) will speak in Philadelphia, PA. And 250 EVs are expected to parade through Amsterdam (if only they could get 12 more). You can find the complete list of events here and keep an eye on Twitter and #NPID2013.

One main cause for celebration is that the number of EVs – both the overall amount on the streets and the models available - is steadily growing. Plug In America (PIA) says the number of plug-in models was just seven in 2010, but that climbed to 13 in 2011, 20 in 2012 and 28 in 2013. Sales are up, too. There were 345 EVs sold in December 2010 and 11,000 last month. The effective growth rate is about 200 percent a year, according to PIA president Richard Kelly. National Plug In Day co-sponsor Nissan is celebrating its own milestone, announcing today that over 35,000 Leaf EVs have been sold in the US so far. Sales of that model are up 317 percent, year-over-year.

The third Plug In Day was organized by PIA, the Electric Auto Association and the Sierra Club, as it has for the last three years. It is sponsored by Nissan. As of Friday afternoon, there were 98 events listed. Guess we'll have to wait for 2014 to hit triple digits.
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Nissan Celebrates LEAF Sales Milestone On National Plug In Day
All-electric Nissan LEAF deliveries top 35,000 since Dec. 2010 launch


NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


Electric Car Sales Surge, 90+ Cities Celebrate National Plug In Day: EV victory lap and test drives at third annual event, Sept. 28-29

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 3rd annual National Plug In Day on September 28-29 will highlight accelerated growth in the electric vehicle market. From Amsterdam to Hawaii, prospective buyers will 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.

Events will vary. In Philadelphia, U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah will 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 organizing 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.

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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 Cub: The Sierra Club is America's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.3 million members and supporters nationwide. The Sierra Club's Beyond Oil campaign advocates for a switch to electric vehicles as one important way to reduce emissions and cut our dependence on oil. For more information, visit 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.


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      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every EV sold, even every vehicle with EV technology sold, is a victory for eventual EV adoption. In such a relatively short period, EV technology has become an established feature of mainstream auto-manufacture. I hope to live long enough to see event like 'National Plug-in Day', disappear through lack of interest, because every vehicle is electric !
        dovegraybird
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marcopolo
        May I suggest you eat well, exercise, and reduce stress then. As much as I believe EVs will take over the industry in the next few years, I doubt that every vehicle will be electric for quite a long time.
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dovegraybird
          @ dovegraybird Yeah, you may well be right ! With more than a Billion cars on the planet and nearly 100 million produced each year, i maybe a little optimistic ! (but then, I intend living a long time......: )
      Vlad
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was a really good event in Herndon, VA. Lot of great people! Besides the usual suspects, a couple of Karmas were there, and two A3 eTrons from the nearby Audi NA headquarters.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Inspection was a breeze. I was pretty zealous about making this system well done and I used fancy WEEB lugs to ground every single individual rack rail (even though they are splice together) and every single PV panel. I picked the E9 tariff but I just picked it arbitrarily . . . I didn't do any analysis to see which would be best for me. I don't think it would matter which one I picked because I suspect I will generate more power than I consume. I don't know if I'll get paid or not and I don't care. It would be some trivial amount anyway.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Agree with the comments regarding looking forward to the day when these events are not needed. I was in NYC and saw a nice turnout of people and vehicles. Besides the normal set of major OEMs we all know about, I saw this pretty impressive truck with a plug in electric hybrid powertrain from ALTe. The engineers explained how the 108 MPGe was achieved. Heard that the vehicle will be available for purchase early next year after final testing and certification is completed. Snatched this link from ALTe's FB page. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200676268373555&set=o.193620814053501&type=1&theater
      Ziv
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is nice, and I hope Nissan improves the Leaf by selling a long range version soon with at least 150 miles of range, but the Volt needs just 3548 sales in September to get to 50,000 US Volts sold in the US. Nice to see a quality car triumph over a cheaper concept! It is doubtful that Chevy will sell that many Volts this month since the Labor Day weekend counted for last months sales figure, but you never know. Wiki says 46,452 Volts have sold in the US through August.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Spec celebrates his 6.1KW PV system has now been inspected and approved by both the County Building Inspector and PG&E. My EV is officially driving on Sunshine: https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/pv/public_systems/cJJW236576 (Yes, I know it is only directly on sunshine when I charge up during the day but I often do do that since I work from home most days. And I am making a net amount of electricity that exceeds my EV usage.)
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Awesome. I look forward to saying the same thing. True freedom.
        Naturenut99
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Congrats ! Very nice.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Thanks, all. I gotta say, it is really not very hard to do. If you can install an attic vent and install a 240 Volt outlet circuit then you have all the skills you need to install a microinverter based PV system.
          gpmp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Spec, I would be very interested in the details of how you managed this at such a reasonable cost, and other details of the install. Did you buy a 'system' or did you piece together items purchased here and there. Were the vendors you used able to provide you with 'balance of system' items, or did you have to scout them on your own? Did you get coaching on code requirements? How was inspection, given that you didn't use a contractor? Are you on an E6 or E7 time of use rate schedule or did you opt for the E9? I would like to replicate what you've done with some rental properties. Not possible at $6,000/kW, but worth considering at $2,000/kW. Thanks
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          It cost about $12K in parts. A few hundred more for the permit and misc. hardware. After the tax-credit, that will be a mere $8K. It is an amazing bargain if you can install yourself. I now have 25+ years of transportation fuel for a mere $8K. That would buy maybe 5 years of gasoline. 25 years of gasoline is an unknown amount . . . probably well over $100K considering it will become more and more scarce such that price will go up.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Oh, if it wasn't clear . . . yes, I installed it myself. And I'll provide my plans to anyone that wishes to build their own system. These things are pretty easy to install. With the exception of pulling some wires through some conduit which required a friend on the other end to pull wire or feed wire, I did it ALL myself. It is generating around 30KWH a day around the autumnal equinox so that should be around my monthly average. That is more than I need for BOTH my house and my EV.
          gpmp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Nice. Did you install the system yourself, then? Do you mind sharing costs with us? On Wednesday we finally installed our SolarCity/Tesla 10kW battery system. Just waiting for provisional UL approval and county inspector approval before it goes live. My neighbor and myself are the first installations in El Dorado County.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Did you buy the system online?
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Grendal, yes, I bought the main PV parts online but I did not buy a pre-fabricated system. The remainder were from Home Depot and some other online sites. gpmp, there is no secret to it being so cheap . . . it is just DIY. I did the full design and installation by myself (with the exception of a friend to help pull wires through conduit). The reality is that SOLAR PV IS DIRT CHEAP!! Here is a great site that tracks PV panel & inverter prices: http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/surveys/free-solar-panel-price-survey/ My system could have been a little cheaper if I did a centralized inverter instead of microinverters but since I have some shading issues, the microinverters will provide better performance. Microinverters are also easier and safer for an amatuer to install since you are not dealing with 400V DC. There are lots of sites where you can learn what you need. The online retailers will apparently help you if you want but I didn't take advantage of that. Just look at Enphase's online videos and PDFs and you can learn just about everything you need to know. I also went to building department and asked them what their local requirements were and asked to see some recent systems installed. They let me look at some plans and I pulled out my cell phone and snapped some pictures like a spy. That is where I learned about conduit calculations and the warning stickers needed. Just make a set of plans that look official like someone else's and they'll approve them. The trickiest parts for me were finding the roof rafters consistently and figuring out how to run conduit from the roof to the main panel. I solved the conduit issue using Soladeck junction boxes which provide flashing, a junction box, and entrance into the attic in one box so I could run the conduit in the attic and came out a wall under the eaves and right near the main panel. I think I have an early version of my plans up on the net if you want them.
        Marcopolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        @ Spec Well done !
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