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Friday, September 21, 2012


Zan Dubin Scott,, (310) 383-0956

Eddie Scher,, (415) 977-5756


2012 National Plug In Day Celebrates 200 Million Oil-Free Miles

Free Public Events in more than 60 cities to attract thousands, highlight adoption of electric vehicles 

[San Francisco, CA] Today National Plug In Day events are taking place in more than 60 cities nationwide organized by Plug In America, Sierra Club, Electric Auto Association, and local groups. These free events invite the public to celebrate the success of electric vehicles from the perspective of tens of thousands of U.S. drivers who are saving money at the pump and leading an oil-free transportation revolution.

New data compiled by the National Plug In Day organizers show that, with tens of thousands of new electric vehicles (EVs) on the road, EVs have now traveled more than 200 million oil-free electric miles in recent years. EV drivers thus avoided the purchase of 7.4 million gallons of gasoline, saved $19.6 million in fueling costs (even taking into account electricity costs), and prevented 96.5 million pounds of carbon pollution emissions (even factoring in emissions from electricity generated to charge EVs)—that’s like closing 20 coal-fired power plants for a year. These impressive figures are only the beginning, as EV sales are growing steadily, and many new models are becoming available.

The National Plug In Day events, open to the public, feature electric cars, trucks and motorcycles in electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, awards to leaders promoting EV-readiness, the launch of new public EV charging stations, and other educational events. Event-goers in the Los Angeles area will be taking EV test-drives and checking out more than a dozen models of electric cars of the past and present at the Automobile Driving Museum. In New York City, there will be electric delivery trucks on display from companies like Fed Ex, Coca Cola, and Duane Reade. The mayor of Sarasota, FL will be issuing a National Plug In Day proclamation where participants in that city will be invited to enjoy test-rides, musical entertainment, and a silent and emission-free EV parade.

In August the Obama Administration finalized new car efficiency and pollution standards that will raise average fuel economy to 54.5 MPG and slash greenhouse gas pollution from new cars and light trucks. Automakers supported these new standards, in part, because they were confident that they have the technology to meet them, and buyers are demanding high-tech, innovative vehicles. EVs will play an important role in helping automakers meet and exceed these new standards.

“50,000 new electric vehicles sold in the U.S. in two years are proof positive that Americans are ready to move beyond oil,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director. “The solution for ending high gas prices, rising oceans and Big Oil's choke hold on our economy and democracy is using less gas. And we’re doing it. Today almost every automaker offers a car that runs on little or no oil, and Plug In Day 2012 is only the beginning of a new era of oil-free driving.”

“Plug-in cars are a blast to drive, cheaper than comparable gas cars when fuel and incentives are included, and can charge while you sleep," said Chad Schwitters, Plug In America President. "Getting this good news to the American public is the reason for National Plug In Day and we’re inviting citizens to celebrate at free events coast to coast."

“It’s thrilling to see the breadth of plug-in vehicles available on the market today.  Unprecedented choices are being offered in showrooms by major manufacturers,” says Ron Freund, Chairman of the Electric Auto Association.  “The future is here now, not just around the corner! The National Plug In Day event celebrates this revolution!”

For more event details in each city visit:

For details of the new data analysis see:



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. 

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.


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.