National Plug-in Day: A Chance to Drive and Celebrate Plug-in Cars

By · September 20, 2013

National Plug-in Day events around the world

The third annual National Plug-in Day, the weekend of Sept. 28 and 29, is bigger and better than ever. Local events are scheduled in more than 90 cities across the U.S., as well as in Toronto, Ottawa and Amsterdam, providing an opportunity to see electric cars, take test drives, or participated in EV parades

Local groups organize National Plug-in Day events for their own communities. Each NPID event takes on its own local flavor. Typically this will be a public gathering to show cars to the public, perhaps with local dealers bringing cars and offering test rides.

The Los Angeles NPID event is expected to drawmore than 500 attendees, and will be held at the California State University Chancellor’s Office area in Long Beach. Their event will include a parade along a 2.5 mile loop through Long Beach, including a portion of the route used by Formula One racers in the Long Beach Grand Prix. They will exhibit a Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, the smart Electric Drive, Brammo electric motorcycles, the Fiat 500e, the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid, and more.

The Silicon Valley NPID event is expected to draw several hundred people, and will be held under the solar carports on the DeAnza Community College campus in Cupertino. This is the 41st annual EV rally held by the Silicon Valley chapter of the Electric Auto Association (EAA). They'll have on exhibit or available for test drive, the Nissan LEAF, Toyota RAV4 EV, Toyota Plug In Prius, Honda Plug-In Accord, Tesla Model S, and the BMW i3. The Silicon Valley EAA event will be among the first public showings of the BMW i3.

Just prior to this event, EV Week will take place in San Francisco, Palo Alto and San Jose hosting public test drive opportunities in each city.

The BMW i3 will also be on exhibit at other NPID events, including one in Tuscon. Tucson Plugs In 2013 will include at least one Tesla Roadster, at least one Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAFs, Chevy Volts, Ford Focus Electrics, and other electric cars brought by individual owners and local dealers. The unveiling of Tuscon's first Level 3 charging station, owned by GoE3, will take place at the event. That charging station, manufactured by Eaton, will also be one of the first in the country to support both CHAdeMO and the SAE Combined Charging System.

A cluster of NPID events are taking place in the Washington, DC vicinity, and is organized by the EVA/DC chapter of the Electric Auto Association. Its festivities culminate with an event in Washington DC at 3rd Street on the National Mall on Sunday the 29th which will have speakers talking from 1 pm to 2 pm. Electric cars will be available for test rides.

The overall NPID event is organized by Plug-in America, the Electric Auto Association and the Sierra Club. You can learn more about National Plug-in Day, including local events near you, on the National Plug-in Day website.

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