EV Lovers Charged Up For National Plug In Day

Here’s a heads-up: Sept. 23 is National Plug In Day and with electric vehicles making their way — slowly but surely — into the mainstream, organizers are anticipating twice as many cities hosting events to celebrate the occasion compared to last year.

National Plug In Day is organized at the national level by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, but it’s local groups around the country that will really be making things happen. And a glance at the event’s web page suggests a lot will be happening, with activities planned in dozens of states.

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Last year’s celebration in Santa Monica, Calif. (image via Plug In America)

The national organizers are promising “rallies, tailgate parties, charging-infrastructure demos, EV-readiness awards, and more,” including ride-n-drives with a growing lineup of electric vehicles, including “Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Plug-in Prius, Ford Focus EV, Honda Fit EV, Fisker Karma, BMW ActiveE, Coda, Zero Motorcycles, and such legacy leaders as the Tesla Roadster and Toyota RAV4 EVs.”

While Sept. 23 is officially National Plug In Day, be sure to check when exactly events might be taking place in your area. Portland, Ore., for instance, is planning events on both the 22nd and 23rd. Apparently it takes two days to celebrate EVs in the most EV charged-up city in the country.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.