People interested in electric vehicles are expected at the Minnesota State Capitol mall from 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 28 for the Twin Cities National Plug In Day event.
The event is organized to promote the cost savings and clean-air benefits of electric vehicles and to let people interested in electric vehicles to chat with owners and supporters of the electric vehicle market. The Twin Cities event, which is free and open to the public, is expected to be one of the larger of more than 70 National Plug In Day events taking place across the country.
Organizers expect more than 100 local owners of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) to bring their vehicles to the event and share their experiences in owning, driving and charging PEVs in Minnesota. Models from Chevrolet, Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Tesla, Toyota and other automakers will be on site. Information about public charging infrastructure will be available also, and representatives will be available to discuss renewable energy programs, charging rate structures, and financial incentives for purchasing electric vehicles.
“Plug-in vehicle sales are picking up speed and last month’s sales broke all the records.” Jukka Kukkonen, an organizer of the event and member of the Minnesota Plug-in Vehicle Owners’ Circle, said. “Well over 100,000 people in the U.S. are already driving plug-in vehicles and we will be close to 200,000 at the end of this year. Even though plug-in electric vehicles have been available in Minnesota for just a little over a year, many Minnesotans have already switched to driving electric. People are just learning how fun and engaging these vehicles are to drive.
Owners also seem to find overnight charging at home much more convenient than stopping at gas stations, not to mention the savings on energy costs and lower overall emissions due to the high efficiency of PEVs. Everyone that I have talked to just loves their new wheels.”
The Twin Cities National Plug In Day event is organized by the Minnesota Plug-in Vehicle Owners’ Circle with support from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.