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usa: 2013 Cupertino/Silicon Valley National Plug In Day

Media Update September 18, 2013

Contacts: Tom Sidle, tom@…, (408) 981-4016

Paul Stith, vp@… , (408) 384-9455

Just 10 days until the Cupertino/Silicon Valley National Plug In Day (NPID)

More than 75 cities from across the country will stage activities for the 3rd Annual Event

WHAT: September 28 is National Plug In Day (NPID). There’s no better way to celebrate than by attending the 41st Annual Silicon Valley Electric Vehicle (EV) Rally & Show from 10 am to 4 pm, hosted by the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Electric Auto Association (EAA). This will be the largest gathering of EV drivers and enthusiasts at one location. There will be an unmatched variety of plug-in cars, motorcycles, scooters, and bikes highlighting the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of EVs. Come see why EVs are among the best vehicles on the road – both in terms of driving experience and low maintenance.

· See why EVs are going mainstream. Electric vehicles are selling better “out the gate” than did the first hybrids. Well over 100,000 plug-in vehicles have been sold, and the rate is accelerating as more cars come to the market.

· Talk to plug-in vehicle owners to get the real story about the benefits of plug-ins and solar energy from people who use these technologies each day – including new production models, classic models, unique EVs converted from gas to electric power, electric bikes, motorcycles, and scooters.

· Ride along with an EV Owner. Owners will be demonstrating the virtues of their plug-in cars while offering rides in their personal cars. Experience, first hand, the fun, quiet drive of EVs.

· See the largest variety of new production plug-in vehicles ever. Including plug-in vehicles from 17 different auto manufacturers. Be one of the first to see the all-electric BMW i3 – one of only three i3’s in the country!

· Test Drive plug-in vehicles: Expected vehicles for test drives include Chevy Spark, Chevy Volt, Honda Accord Plug-in, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Toyota RAV4-EV, and Toyota Prius Plug-in. Test drive electric bikes or scooters.

· Learn how to “fuel” your car at home and “on the go” with the latest EV charging equipment. Learn how the power of the sun can fuel your EV and power your home.

· See the AAA Charging Truck.

· Entertainment: Guest speakers, the Raging Grannies will be on hand to sing about the joys of EVs. Don’t miss the Electric Bath Tub Racing sponsored by ChargePoint.

· Win exciting prizes: Prizes will be raffled off throughout the day.

· Visit with non-profit and government organizations to learn about how EVs keep the air healthy and clean.

· Enjoy food, drink, and our DJ spinning tunes while you explore the world of EVs.

Cupertino/Silicon Valley’s event is one of more than 75 across the country where electric vehicle owners and interested citizens from Maui to New York will participate in celebrations of plug-in vehicles.

For a complete list of Plug In Day events and event details, visit: http://www.pluginday.org

WHEN: Saturday, September, 28, 2013; 10 am – 4 pm. Press can reserve time for special tours, EV rides, and interviews with organizers. Please contact us prior to the event (by Sept 27).

WHERE: De Anza College Parking Lot A, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA. 95014. For more event details, visit: http://eaasv.org/rally.html.

VISUALS: See row after row of plug-in cars, modern production cars along with classics. Watch the quiet acceleration of EVs; experience EV test rides with the owners; experience driving one of the dealer’s EVs.

WHO: Silicon Valley Chapter of the Electric Auto Association is organizing this Cupertino/Silicon Valley NPID event. Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers of NPID. Members of the press should contact us to arrange photos, ride and drives, or any other access prior to the opening of this event if that better meets your schedule.

Local sponsors: Special thanks to our Platinum sponsors: Nissan and Toyota; and our Gold sponsors: ChargePoint and Schneider Electric. For a complete list of sponsors for this event, please visit: http://eaasv.org/rally.html.

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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/electric-vehicles.

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. Our members have logged millions of clean miles in their EVs. www.electricauto.org.
Kim Rogers
Message 2 of 2 , Fri, 12:45 PM

One thing I forgot to mention…. Please help us spread the word and please register at http://www.pluginday.org/event.php?eventid=38 so we can show the world that we will be the biggest site. You don’t have to have an EV to register – just register and show up and have fun.
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