Plug In America's Sales Ticker Show More Than 250,000 Plug-In Vehicles Have Been Sold In The U.S.

Plug In America's Sales Ticker Show More Than 250,000 Plug-In Vehicles Have Been Sold In The U.S.

Photo From National Plug-In Day (now known as National Drive Electruc Week) 2013 In Vermont

Photo From National Plug-In Day (now known as National Drive Electruc Week) 2013 In Vermont

"Plug-In Vehicle Sales Hit First Quarter-Million Mark in U.S. as Record Number of Cities Celebrate National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 15-21"

Reads the headline from Plug In America's latest press release.

250,000-plus plug-in electric vehicles are now on U.S. roads!!!  (You can check out all the historical data broken down by year/month/model to date via our Historical Scorecard)

Though the highlight is the milestone of 250,000 plug-ins being surpassesd, the press release mainly focusing on the upcoming National Drive Electric Week, a must-attend event (over one hundred events, actually) for electric vehicles enthusiasts.

EV Driver Nancy Cartwright, the Voice of Bart Simpson, Celebrates Along With Cities in Italy, Canada and the Netherlands

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 10, 2014—A record number of volunteers nationwide and beyond will ensure that others may discover the benefits of electric cars with National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 15-21, 2014. The fourth annual observance, bringing test-drives and related activities to more than 130 cities in 35 states and abroad--another record--comes just as EV sales reach their first quarter-million mark in the U.S. today.

"Clean energy prosperity is on the way and there's no turning back," said Sierra Club director Michael Brune. "National Drive Electric Week and the dramatic increase in the number of plug-in electric vehicles on the road are just the latest examples of how American consumers are demanding 21st-century solutions to energy and the climate crisis, and given the choice would leave dirty fossil fuels in the ground."

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You might say that even Bart Simpson is excited.

“I bought a Nissan Leaf about two years ago,” actor Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart on “The Simpsons,” told National Drive Electric Week founders, “and I shaved nearly an hour off my driving to “The Simpsons” set and back because I can drive in the carpool lane. Got lots of thumbs up on the freeway. That said, I am a HUGE fan of Tesla and can’t wait to ‘fly’ with my ‘falcon-doored’ bird, the Tesla Model X. I will be the 12th person to receive the car. Aesthetic, functional and sets a great example for safeguarding our environment.”

Designed to highlight the fun, convenience, cost-savings and clean-air benefits of EVs, National Drive Electric Week is organized nationally by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Assn. These organizations team up with other local groups and volunteers staging local events from Hawaii to Vermont, where EV sales continue to be robust.

"Plug-in vehicles have had a good year,” said John O’Dell, senior editor, fuel efficiency and Green Vehicles at Edmunds.com. “Despite a slowdown in the conventional hybrid segment, battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are up about 39 percent over last year. They remain a tiny part of the market--less than a one-percent share--but more and more people seem to be considering them as they shop for fuel efficient transportation."

Sharing the message abroad, at least one city in the Netherlands, five in Italy and 10 in Canada will take part in National Drive Electric Week (formerly National Plug In Day). Events are collectively expected to draw at least 35,000 attendees, including elected officials. Proclamations will be plentiful. But the main point is to have a good time, with seasoned EV drivers taking those new to the cars for a spin.

“Some like the high-tech efficiency of EVs. Some thrill at the instant torque. Others feel that the real fun comes in knowing that you’re keeping your carbon footprint small, especially if you charge your EV with renewable solar energy, like so many of us do,” said Plug In America spokeswoman Zan Dubin-Scott. “I mean, cowabunga, man!”

For details about individual events, visit the Events page. Examples:

Connecticut’s Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection and the state’s Automotive Retailers Assn. will award the state dealership with highest plug-in sales.

The mayor of Huntington Beach is expected to appear at Surf City's seaside event. A number of mayors are issuing proclamations in honor of Drive Electric Week.

Stella, the world's first solar-powered, energy-positive car and winner of last year's World Solar Challenge, birthplace of the storied EV1, will kick off Drive Electric Week with a visit to Venice, CA. It will stop in Cupertino, where organizers will make a Guinness World Records attempt for most EVs assembled (500-plus), and culminate the celebration in Capitola.

An “EV bloc” of plug-in car drivers will gather at the People's Climate March on Sept 21 in New York City. The march is aimed at putting pressure on world leaders to address climate change.

Poolesville, Maryland's event could draw 10,000, staged next to an annual fest replete with a town parade and marching band.

Houston will celebrate EVs at a solar-powered IKEA store, which will trumpet the event on its electronic billboard, visible from a major freeway intersection. Attendant mini-events will take place at EV charging stations around the sprawling city.

Scottsdale, Arizona's event will bring EV efficiency to the site of one of nation’s longest running gasoline-car shows.

UCLA and Santa Monica High School will share the EV message with youth through lectures and other activities of the new National Drive Electric Week Ambassador School initiative.

50 EVs in New Hampshire will scale Mount Washington, the northeast’s highest peak.

National Drive Electric Week has been directly linked to increased plug-in vehicle sales, which have jumped by as much as 23 percent the month after Drive Electric Week in every year it has been held. Plug In America produced this total cost of ownership analysis, showing that a typical U.S. driver can cut in half the monthly cost to lease and operate a car by choosing an EV over a gasoline car.

National sponsors include the Nissan LEAF, PlugShare and the Dent Agency.

National Drive Electric Week Event Locations (Link to events page here)

City State/Province Country Day(s)

Calgary Alberta Canada Sep 21, 2014 Victoria British Columbia Canada Sep 15-21, 2014 Winnipeg Manitoba Canada Sep 20, 2014 Etobicoke Ontario Canada Sep 20, 2014 Hamilton Ontario Canada Sep 16, 2014 Mississauga Ontario Canada Sep 15, 2014 Ottawa Ontario Canada Sep 19, 2014 Boucherville Québec Canada Sep 12-13, 2014 Gatineau Québec Canada Sep 20, 2014 Trois-Rivières Québec Canada Sep 18, 2014 Victoriaville Québec Canada Sep 20, 2014 Bergamo Italy Sep 21, 2014 Cinisello Balsamo Italy Sep 21, 2014 Monza Italy Sep 21, 2014 Osio Sotto, BG Italy Sep 21, 2014 Rome Italy Sep 21, 2014 Almere Netherlands Sep 20, 2014 Amsterdam Netherlands Sep 20, 2014 Eindhoven Netherlands Sep 20, 2014 Enschede Netherlands Sep 20, 2014 Rotterdam Netherlands Sep 20, 2014 The Hague Netherlands Sep 20, 2014 Tilburg Netherlands Sep 20, 2014 Utrecht Netherlands Sep 20, 2014 Huntsville Alabama USA Sep 20, 2014 Mesa Arizona USA Sep 20, 2014 Scottsdale Arizona USA Sep 20, 2014 Tucson Arizona USA Sep 21, 2014 Bakersfield 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