National Plug in day is a success
This past Sunday, Solar and Wind living joined Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association and others to celebrate a nationwide observance drawing global attention to the environmental, economic and other benefits of plug-in electric vehicles through simultaneous events staged around the country. This year 50+ cities were expected to participate.
One such event was held at the Annapolis city dock yesterday in what turned out to be a gorgeous day. A Fisker Karma, some Nissan Leafs and Chevy volts were on display. Local event organizers included the Electric Vehicle Club of Greater Washington DC, Annapolis green, Capital Cadillac and ATR. There were no shortage of spectators as the entire day saw hundreds - maybe even thousands - of folkswho stopped by to see the cars and ask questions to the car owners.
The Karma was brought by Jim Churchill of Capital Cadillac. “I am celebrating National Plug-in day by first visiting the White Marsh event and then the Annapolis event” said Jim, who took a minute to speak to me. “I am a long time Cadillac dealer and I can say that the Karma offers luxury, performance and styling. With this car there is no sacrifice needed, the Karma is an ecologically useful product.”
Harald Maingold had his Chevy VOLT on display and described the 2012 VOLT as a better ride than his Audi because of the ride and how stingy it was with gas. “I have 3,478 miles and have only used 8.3 gallons of fuel” beamed Harald.
Electric Vehicle Club of DC treasurer Bryan Murtha pointed out that he is averaging 50 miles per charge. “That is when I keep the foot off the gas pedal. But the VOLT is so much fun to drive that I sometimes settle for a bit less.”
Events like this are becoming more and more frequent, thanks to electric vehicle owners who are so impressed and satisfied with the technology that they are willing to spend beautiful days like Sunday helping to convince other drivers to make the change to gas free driving.
Imagine you have a business that when people buy your product they are so impressed they begin to convince others to buy your products. Well, that is exactly what the electric vehicle manufacturers are enjoying. With drivers such as Harald Maingold who are getting the equivalent to 250 miles to a gallon of gas and with gasoline sneaking back to $4/gl., these technologies are here to stay for a good reason. Let’s thank those who are spreading the word.