20 Cities Coast-to-Coast Stage Activities for Largest Grassroots EV Event in History
WHAT: Some 200 EV drivers will take to the streets for the country’s largest-ever plug-in parade to champion the benefits of EVs. Parade in Santa Monica, CA is the flagship event of the first National Plug In Day, taking place in more than 20 cities across the country where EV owners and interested citizens will participate in other parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, lectures, a ceremonial plugging-in and other grassroots events. For a complete list of national Plug In Day cities and event details, visit: http://www.pluginamerica.org/pluginday
New and legacy plug-in vehicles by GM, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Toyota, SMART, Ford, Tesla, Coda and others will be driven in the flagship parade through downtown Santa Monica. Director Chris Paine, whose film, “Revenge of the Electric Car,” will hit theatres across the country on October 21st, is among confirmed speakers at the press conference preceding the parade. For parade details, visit http://www.pluginamerica.org/pluginday/los-angeles
QUOTE: “Only a few years ago, major automakers were literally crushing electric cars. Today, virtually every auto company in the world is selling or developing a plug-in car, and consumers are snapping up each and every one, stimulating our economy while helping the environment. You’ll see hundreds of these vehicles in National Plug In Day activities. And remember: EVs are powered by domestic electricity, so every cent we spend to run them stays in America,” says Plug In America co-founder and Sierra Club member Paul Scott.
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011: 9:30 a.m. press conference; 10 a.m. parade
· Press Conference: Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.
· Parade: Starting from Main Street and Pico Boulevard, two blocks from Santa Monica City Hall press conference.
PHOTO OPP: 200 PLUG-IN VEHICLES STREAMING DOWN ONE OF SANTA MONICA’S MAIN THOROUGHFARES. B-ROLL WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE.
WHO: Plug In America is organizing the flagship National Plug In Day parade in Santa Monica. Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers, teaming up with other local groups across the country to organize events.
Local sponsors: Title Sponsor of the National Plug In Day Flagship Event: Chevy Volt; Nissan Leaf, Recargo, Leviton, Collaborative Project Consulting.
About Plug In America: Plug In America is leading the nation’s plug-in vehicle movement. The nonprofit organization works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. We drive electric. You can, too. www.pluginamerica.org.
About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with 1.4 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states. The Sierra Club’s national electric vehicles campaign advocates for a switch to EVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut our addiction to oil. www.sierraclub.org/ev.
About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. www.electricauto.org.