Dozens of electric vehicles in nearly silent parade through Ann Arbor

National Plug-In Day for the 'curious, but not hooked'

Hundreds of local residents took a look at nearly 30 electric vehicles in Saline and Ann Arbor on Sept. 23 at local events being held in conjunction with the celebration of National Plug-In Day.

The local events featured a nearly silent parade of electric vehicles from Saline to Ann Arbor, street displays of all the plug-in vehicles on the road today, and opportunities for test drives.

"It was a perfect opportunity for people who are curious about electric vehicles but aren’t hooked yet to see the cars up close, talk with owners and look under the hood," according to Charles Griffith, climate and energy program director at the Ecology Center.

"Switching to electric vehicles would save drivers money and help reduce emissions for all of us."

The Ecology Center and the Michigan Electric Auto Association organized the event along with other local partners and sponsors to bring the attention of the media, policymakers, and the public to electric vehicles and the significant oil and emissions savings that a switch to electric vehicles (EV) will deliver.

UAW member Roger Kerson, principle of RK Communications, brought his Chevrolet Volt to the event, and explained what he liked about driving a green vehicle. "I really get a kick out of driving a vehicle made in Michigan, in a UAW-represented plant," he said. "It's a great car, the most technologically sophisticated car on the planet, and it's made here in Michigan."

More than 60 cities across the country took part in National Plug In Day, the nation’s largest grassroots EV event sponsored by the Sierra Club, Plug‐In America,and the Electric Auto Association.

Local sponsors included Saline Main Street, the Ann Arbor Main Street Area Association, Ann Arbor Spark, DTE Energy, the Clean Energy Coalition, Varsity Ford, Ann Arbor Automotive, SPX, Enginer, Motor City Motors, ADS Integration, Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center, IBEW Local 58, and the Natioanl Electrical Contractors Association of Southeastern Michigan.

EcoLink — Sept 2012 Ecolink
An online publication of the Ecology Center

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