When Plug In America first announced their "Inaugural Parade West: Plug In, America!" that's taking place in Santa Monica this weekend, they were hoping about 30 vehicles would take part. They underestimated interest. An update PIA sent out this week says that 68 vehicles are now confirmed to roll through Santa Monica on Saturday, all broadcasting the message that there are a lot of people out there who want plug-in vehicles. The vehicle line-up is pretty much a who's who of currently (and previously) available electric cars: RAV4 EVs, Tesla Roadsters, an eBox, an iMiEV, a PHEV Escape, and a Porsche and a Geo Metro converted to run on battery power, plus more. Surprises include SUTs from Phoenix (we don't see these out and about much) and an electric Chevy S-10. Celebrity guests/speakers include "Who Killed the Electric Car?" director Chris Paine and California State Senator Fran Pavley. Click past the jump for details.

[Source: Plug In America]



World's Largest Plug-In Parade Celebrates Obama Inauguration

Crowd of 200 to Help Send Message: Americans Want Clean, Efficient Cars

SANTA MONICA-For the world's greenest procession of its kind, 68 plug-in vehicles will parade through Santa Monica this Sat., Jan. 17 to jump start the presidential inaugural festivities with a message for Congress, Detroit and Barack Obama: America wants plug-in vehicles, the most fuel-efficient cars ever made.

Plug In America, the nonprofit organization leading the nation's plug-in vehicle movement, will hold a press conference followed by "Inaugural Parade West: Plug In, America!" at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. California state Sen. Fran Pavley and others will send their message standing beside the Civic's solar carport to signal that clean, renewable energy must replace oil to fuel the vehicles that will drive a sustainable and prosperous future.

Plug In America is asking for one million plug-in vehicles by 2012 and 10 million by 2016.

WHAT: 68-Vehicle Inaugural Parade of Freeway-Capable Electric & Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, including:

Toyota RAV4 EVs; Tesla Roadsters; a Zero Motorcycle; the AC Propulsion eBox; Vectrix motor scooters; a Balquon 50-ton truck; Phoenix SUTs; Chevy S-10s; a Brammo Motorcycle; a Solectria; prototypes of Mitsubishi's iMiEV and Ford's Escape plug-in hybrid (both from Southern California Edison); EV conversions of a Porsche and Geo Metro; at least three plug-in hybrid Prius conversions; a plug-in hybrid VW Jetta conversion, which has V2G (vehicle-to-grid) capability to supply stored electricity to the grid.

DATE: Sat., Jan. 17: Press Conference, 9:30 a.m.; Parade roughly 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

WHO: Press conference speakers: CA state Sen. Fran Pavley; Chris Paine, director, "Who Killed the Electric Car?"; Ed Kjaer, director of electric transportation, SoCal Edison; Jordan Howard, member of Green Ambassadors teen youth group; Paul Scott, Plug in America board member; Kevin McKeown, Santa Monica City Councilman; Assemblywoman Julia Brownley.

WHERE: Press Conference: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium parking lot, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. Parade will travel from Civic lot south on Main Street to the neighborhood of Ocean park, then back to the Civic.

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