PIA's executive director writes that plug-in vehicles don't need high gas prices to survive. They're simply more fun, and that's what it takes to win.
Plug In America
September 12-20 will be the fifth annual National Electric Drive Week. Now a global event, Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association work with local organizers to put on events that get the public hands-on with EVs, plug-in hybrids and electric motorcycles.
Since National Plug In Day became National Drive Electric Week this year, electric-vehicle advocates, or at least the greedier ones, perhaps hoped for a sevenfold increase in attendance. Even though that didn't quite happen, the number of people who showed up to celebrate all that is electric and drives certainly surged. Some even broke a world record for good measure.
Let's be honest, with more and more electric vehicles out in the world, it's getting easier to bring more and more of them together in one spot. Still, the work that goes into convincing over 500 EV owners to show up at one place at one time should be rewarded. And, in the case of the San Francisco Bay Leafs and Electric Auto Association Silicon Valley Chapter efforts yesterday as part of this year's National Drive Electric Week celebrations in in Cupertino, CA, the reward is a new Guinness Worl
The group of electric vehicle supporters known as Plug In America (PIA) figures that a grand total of 220,494 plug-in vehicles have been purchased in the US since the modern wave of EVs went on sale in late 2010. Just over a year ago, PIA celebrated the 100,000th EV sold in the US, a Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Based on current sales patterns, the next milestone should be reached right around the time of PIA's next big party.
Anyone who's spent any time learning about the alternatives to the standard fossil fuel-burning internal combustion engine knows that there are arguments to be made for and against all of the main options. They also know that there is barely any refueling infrastructure for hydrogen fuel cell cars in the US, aside form a handful of H2 stations in California and one in South Carolina. Somehow, though Lexus, recently said there was an "established infrastructure" in 20 states in an online video ad
In California, electric vehicles have been selling so well that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is discussing ways to reduce the amount spent on the state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP). The program, which provides rebates to EV buyers, is $30 million in debt this year, according to the Capitol Weekly. A new discussion document that was presented at CARB's April 3 meeting lists two main ways that the state could save money while still supporting EV sales.
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 (