Santa Monica is a Ground Zero for hybrid, electric, and other alternative fuel vehicles in the U.S. It’s nearly impossible to open your eyes while there and not notice at least a Prius or two. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the flagship event for this Sunday‘s National Plug-In Day will be a gathering and parade of electric and plug-in vehicles in Santa Monica.
National Plug-In Day is a combined effort by Plug-In America, Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association, and comprises some 24 events nationwide, from New York City to Honolulu. The events will include parades, “tailpipe-free tailgate parties”, test drives and other activities.
At the flagship event in Santa Monica on Sunday, owners of “highway-capable plug-in vehicles” (meaning electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids) are invited to bring their vehicles to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium parking lot between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Following a 9:30 press conference, the vehicle parade will begin at 10 and will roll down Main Street. The public is invited to meet with the vehicle owners at the Civic Auditorium before the parade, to talk to them about their experiences owning and driving these vehicles.
Presumably, we won’t see any fire engines in Sunday’s parade, but I’d bet that we will have some of those in the not-too-distant future.