Plug In America co-founder Paul Scott loves electric cars, but he loves the idea of not owning a car even more.
"Toyota engineers were simultaneously working on a brand new technology that met all the driver's needs with an even smaller carbon footprint."
It was clear early on that the story of Paul Scott spending a lot of his retirement savings to try and speak to President Obama at a private fundraiser was going to be a contentious topic. After a big public outcry and a rejection from the Democratic National Committee, Scott took a step back to figure out his options. He has now told Plug In Cars that the $32,400 he was originally going to spend on two minutes with the President will now be used to buy two used electric vehicle for his family.
People like to criticize US politics. People like to speak poorly about President Barack Obama. There are a lot of electric vehicle haters out there. Put those three issues into the Internet blender and it's no surprise when they blow up. That's what happened with the recent story about long-time EV advocate Paul Scott spending $32,400 of his retirement savings to attend an Obama fundraiser and thereby get a chance to talk to the President about the benefits of electric vehicles.
To show their plug-in passion, some people spend upwards of $30,000 on an electric car. Others – well, one, that we know of – will spend that much just to tell the leader of the free world how cool EVs are, in 180 seconds or less.
Our friend Paul Scott knows a thing or two about electric vehicles (EVs), having been involved with Plug In America for years. These days, he's a Nissan Leaf salesman and his top technique is to, as he puts it, put butts in seats. Once people drive an EV, they often walk away with a better understanding of the potential change that EVs offer. Since he's one of the top EV salespeople in the US – he works for Nissan of Downtown LA – we asked how things have been going recently. The sho
The other day, Honda's chief executive officer, Takanobu Ito, said that:
Plug In America's electric vehicle PSAs – Click above to watch videoes after the jump
Plug In America has played a serious role in the re-emergence of the electric vehicle over the past – um, how long now? oh, yeah – five years. To celebrate, the "motley crew" of activists who were fed up with putting gasoline into their cars is holding a fifth anniversary party this coming weekend in Los Angeles (details here). We look forward to seeing the group's "Gas Vs. Electric" videos that will be unveiled there.
For years, Paul Scott has been promoting electric vehicles (EVs) as a co-founder of Plug-In America, but he'll soon be promoting one EV a bit more than others in his new job as a Nissan Leaf salesman. Yes, after a private lunch with Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn in June and discussions with his local Nissan dealership (Santa Monica Nissan) through the summer, Paul will soon be the go-to guy for anyone who is interested in buying a Leaf in the area. It's sort of poetic that, after years trying to convi
Toyota RAV4 – Click above for high-res image gallery
When you've been driving an all-electric car for years, is it still exciting when a new one pulls up in the driveway? For long-time Plug In America supporters Zan and Paul Scott, the answer is an easy "yes." The plug-in pair recently got the chance to spend some time with Mitsubishi's i-MiEV, and their history with other electric vehicles (EVs) gives them a special ability to put the i-MiEV's pros and cons in context. You can read Paul's and Zan's thoughts about the vehicle by clicking on their
Most everyone in the plug-in vehicle movement knows about Paul and Zan Scott. Leaders of Plug In America, they have been tireless advocates for electric drive vehicles (especially for pairing them with solar panels) for years. But yesterday they shared a bit about why they work so tirelessly to push for EVs.
This is a particularly busy time for studies trying to understand the impact of green vehicles. Here's a quick round-up:
2011 Chevy Volt - Click above for high-res gallery
Click above for a gallery of the FCX Clarity
One of America's most vocal plug-in vehicle advocacy groups, Plug In America, wants to march for Obama. According to PIA's Paul Scott, the group has applied for a space in the Presidential Inaugural Parade this coming January in Washington, DC. PIA won't just be walking behind a RAV4 EV and tossing out candy. No, the plan is to participate with "the world's speediest and most sophisticated electric vehicles before the millions who will be watching coverage of this momentous event. Imagine a phal
What's the most obvious question to ask about the new Chevy Volt? Plug-in America's Paul Scott knows
Our readers are thankfully not being shy with their views and opinions on the new Chevy Volt. While the free-for-all is taking place in the comments on various parts of the site, AutoblogGreen is also hearing from a few professionals in the green car world on GM's plug-in hybrid. This morning we heard from Chris Paine, director of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" Now Paul Scott, of Plug-In America, a PHEV advocacy group, has let us know what he thinks of the Volt, and why GM needs to answer one im