To celebrate the growing popularity of electric cars in the United States, Plug-in Day was held yesterday in cities all across the country. We here in NYC joined in the fun at Pier 54, where Plug In America held an exciting showcase of electric cars and motorcycles. The showcase featured models by Nissan, Smart, Mini and other manufacturers, along with a few motorcycles and NYC fleet vehicles. A large crowd of green activists, EV enthusiasts, and local residents came together for the event, and many attendees called the showcase a green response to the annual New York International Auto Show.
“I’ve worked mostly in advocating the benefits of electric vehicles, as well as bringing early adapters together,” said Nate Pinsley of NYC Plug-In. “I felt that today was the perfect occasion to bring together EV owners to talk about their cars and other in depth tech details.”
The EVs were all plugged into separate power stations along the pier. Visitors were invited to talk with owners of electric cars, as well as have a chance to sit inside the cars and peak under the hood. Facilitators also provided visitors with information and resources on EV purchasing and ownership, and experts answered questions about the science behind the vehicles. Near one section of the exhibition, EV-Propulsion LLC, an EV conversion company that started back in 1975, displayed parts and information on how to convert gas guzzling cars, into clean and efficient electric vehicles.
NYC Plug-in Day was created by a group of local EV owners and advocates, and it was sponsored by the Hudson River Park Trust, with help from Sierra Club, Plug-in America, and the Electric Auto Association. NYC wasn’t the only place celebrating EVs. Cities across the nation, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and Washington DC, all held events.
Photos © Will Giron for Inhabitat