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National Plug In Day - Orange County, California

Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:31 pm

Thread to discuss the Orange County NPID event:

Orange County National Plug In Day

What: Join us on September 23rd in Mitsubishi of North America’s Cypress parking lot as Orange County celebrates the electrifying benefits of plug-in cars! Be part of the large gathering of drivers, EV advocates and electric vehicles assembled in Mitsubishi’s lot with limited level 1, level 2 and some fast charging provided on site.

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Where: 6400 Katella Ave. Cypress, CA 90630

When: Sunday, September 23, 2012, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Please RSVP at the official pluginday.org event page (and leave a note here)

We'll be there with our Glacier Pearl LEAF. Look for Animal somewhere on the car :lol:
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Re: National Plug In Day - Orange County, California

Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:00 pm

Do you just park in the sun and chat with passers-by?

Or, is there anything scheduled, booths, demo drives, etc?
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Re: National Plug In Day - Orange County, California

Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:41 pm

garygid wrote:Do you just park in the sun and chat with passers-by?

Or, is there anything scheduled, booths, demo drives, etc?
Yes, essentially. You park with other EV drivers, chat and share information and show off and explain your EV to other drivers and interested attendees who want to learn about EVs. There will be a presentation and then I believe that an informal drive-away to a restaurant in Seal Beach is planned.

I'll be there with my Blue Ocean 2011 SL, possibly with Mrs. Boomer.
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Re: National Plug In Day - Orange County, California

Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:21 am

garygid wrote:Do you just park in the sun and chat with passers-by?

Or, is there anything scheduled, booths, demo drives, etc?
The program so far is:
  • Welcome by Local Event Captain, Linda Nicholes
  • Short talk by Jim McCarthy - President EVAoSC
  • Congresswoman Janice Hahn
  • David Patterson, Chief Engineer Mobile Emissions, Mitsubishi
  • Speech by Mayor Doug Bailey (or other city official)
  • Award to O.C's Greenest Business Entity- Cal State Fullerton
Linda was originally trying to set this event up in Seal Beach, but that didn't work out. Luckily, Mitsubishi HQ did work out, so the event moved.

A little history. National Plug In Day was launched by Plug In America and Sierra Club last year. It was envisioned as an event that would be so widespread that local media would have to cover it, and national media would have to follow. The Los Angeles (Santa Monica) event is the flagship, and last year's parade got a lot of media attention (although we always want more):
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This year, Plug In America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association are partnering to promote the event. EV companies like Nissan are promoting as well. Last year at the OC event, I believe there was one Mitsubishi "i". This year, I understand there will be "i" Ride and Drives.

Last year's OC event was great. Linda (who really is over-extended) organized the event. She had a half-dozen or so volunteers who set up the sound system and helped guide traffic, etc.. If anyone wants to help, it would be appreciated.

Local news coverage of the OC event last year was pretty dismal. The OCRegister did a video piece that really seemed to miss the point of the event. If anyone gets approached by media this year, try to make some of the points listed in the National Plug In Day About page. The point is to show the cars are out there, the drivers are normal people who are having a lot of fun, and that EVs are for everyone.

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Last year's event had a parade through some residential streets. Parades are difficult to arrange due to liability concerns (although some cities have been able arrange for insurance). The OC event will not have a proper parade this year, but Linda would like to have us end with a "casual drive-away" (essentially a parade, but as she says, "We do have to get out of the parking lot and drive away, right???" ;) ) As Boomer said, the leader will guide us to River's End Restaurant at the end of 1st St in Seal Beach (nine miles) for dinner and socializing at sunset. Those of you who attended Doug Korthof's memorial will remember this place.

So far, according to the event listing page, OC looks like it's neck and neck with San Diego, Washington DC, and Silicon Valley for second place. We had at least 100 people at last year's so if you're planning on making it, please register there.

I'll post more as I hear it.
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Re: National Plug In Day - Orange County, California

Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:26 am

Oh yeah, and Linda would like to know how many are coming, so after officially registering, please shoot her an email at: linda@pluginamerica.org
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Re: National Plug In Day - Orange County, California

Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:15 am

Updated speaker list:
  • Intro by MC Linda Nicholes, co-founder of Plug in America
  • Dave Patterson - Mitsubishi Motors' Chief Engineer of Mobile Emissions
  • State Senator Alan Lowenthal - Electric vehicle and clean air champion
  • Jim McCarthy - President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Southern California
  • Bob Siebert, Chair of Southern California's Sierra Club Conservation Committee
  • Doug Bailey, Mayor of City of Cypress
  • Doug Kind, Manager of Engineering and Sustainability at Cal State Fullerton
    (to receive Orange County Green Business Award for CSUF regarding the installation of a 1.16 MW Solar System and largest public charging infrastructure in OC)
96 people registered so far!
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Re: National Plug In Day - Orange County, California

Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:49 pm

Thanks to everyone who came out. It was a hot day, but real fun.

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Lots of cars coming and going. Mitsubishi was giving MIEV drives all day. And every one of Mitsubishi's charging stations, including the Eaton DCQ, was chugging away the whole time charging everyone's cars.

Big thanks to Mitsubishi and all their crew for hosting the event.

We had about 75 plug-in cars, about 25 of them LEAFs. LEAFs, Volts and MIEVs were by far the most common.

Saw mwalsh, boomer23 (Mrs. Boomer ;) ), TonyWilliams and several other MNLers.

My biggest surprise today was how few PiPs came out. By the sales numbers alone, I would have expected at least 10, but I only spotted one.

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This was just one of many simultaneous events today. The DC event had about 750 attendees! The Los Angeles event gave 300+ test drives. And rumors are that Elvis was spotted lounging in a Fisker in New York. So hopefully the nation noticed, and we changed some minds today.
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Re: National Plug In Day - Orange County, California

Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:24 pm

richard wrote: Saw mwalsh, boomer23 (Mrs. Boomer ;) ), TonyWilliams and several other MNLers.
Thanks for the coverage and pics, Richard.

(small correction, Mrs. Boomer was not in attendance. Hopefully she isn't reading this and wondering who was mistaken as my spouse. Just friendly chatting, dear.... Oops...)
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Re: National Plug In Day - Orange County, California

Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:31 pm

Boomer23 wrote:(small correction, Mrs. Boomer was not in attendance. Hopefully she isn't reading this and wondering who was mistaken as my spouse. Just friendly chatting, dear.... Oops...)
:lol: My mistake.
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Re: National Plug In Day - Orange County, California

Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:39 pm

richard wrote:
Boomer23 wrote:(small correction, Mrs. Boomer was not in attendance. Hopefully she isn't reading this and wondering who was mistaken as my spouse. Just friendly chatting, dear.... Oops...)
:lol: My mistake.
No harm, no foul. :lol:
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