Forget about one National Plug In Day. We're going to need seven this year. And lots of cities will be participating in the party.
National Plug In Day
No one here is surprised that Plug In America is confident in the future of plug-in vehicles. This is a group that has fought for years to increase their numbers in the US and was able to celebrate, finally, the sale of the 100,000th EV (a Mitsubishi i-MiEV) here earlier this year. In other words, PIA has reason to see the upside.
As expected, the governor of California, Jerry Brown, has signed Assembly Bill 8 – the pro-electric-vehicle, pro-hydrogen-refueling-station bill – into law. That means the state of California will now spend over $2 billion to extend plug-in vehicle credits and on building a network of up to 100 H2 stations over the next decade, according to The Detroit News.
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 (
ChargePoint got into the spirit this year and held a holiday photo contest to give away a year of free charging. Sure, there are still a number of no-cost charging stations out there, but the number is decreasing, and all it took to win was the image of a beach-loving EVSE you can see on the right.