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Lots of Excitement, No Emissions during National Plug In Day

Public invited to California State University Chancellor’s Office for a national electric vehicle test-drive event on Saturday, Sept. 28

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The Sept. 28 National Plug In Day event, organized locally by Plug In America and sponsored by smart USA, is projected to bring hundreds of attendees to the California State University Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach. It is one of at least 95 events drawing thousands coast-to-coast and highlighting the clean-air and cost-saving benefits of electric vehicles. The Long Beach event will underscore Plug In America’s and co-organizer Adopt a Charger’s mutual goal of accelerating the shift toward plug-in vehicles. The event will also highlight the CSU system’s enduring commitment to sustainability in energy generation and utilization.

As the home of Long Beach Grand Prix, city residents are familiar with the idea of a racetrack along the coast. During National Plug In Day, Long Beach will witness and take part in a different spectacle as a portion of the famous route taken by professional drivers instead features members of the public behind the wheels of electric vehicles including the Tesla Model S, smart Electric Drive, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Spark, Brammon Motorcycle, Fiat 500e, Honda Accord Plug In, Zero Motorcycle, Mitsubishi Mi-EV, Toyota RAV 4 EV, and Prius Plug In. The full list is available here. These test drives will prove how far electric vehicles have come.

“Fast is no longer confined to an internal combustion engine – we must broaden our minds to all solutions that generate and use energy in smart ways,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “CSU participation in this national event appropriately highlights the university’s applied research that will sustain future generations in new and different ways.”

National Plug In Day in Long Beach also celebrates the ribbon-cutting and dedication of three 240-volt EV charging stations at the CSU. The new chargers were donated by Google with installation and free electricity sponsored by smart USA. The chargers are available for public use at no energy cost for at least three years.

The Chancellor’s Office joins a number of CSU campuses that provide for electric charging, including CSU Long Beach. That campus maintains one of the largest electric fleets of any university in the country and charges its electric vehicles through solar power.

On the research front, San Jose State University is collaborating with CalCharge to launch “Battery University.” The first-of-its-kind master’s degree program seeks to expand the skilled workforce needed by this rapidly growing and changing industry.

These steps by the CSU are directly aligned with Governor Brown’s and California’s commitment to electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support this exciting transportation frontier.

Public schedule:

  • Saturday, Sept. 28, 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Additional media opportunities:

  • Live remotes welcome on site starting at 7 a.m.
  • Press conference and ribbon-cutting held from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Ride-alongs for media available throughout the day

A special thanks to event sponsors: Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers of National Plug In Day, teaming with local groups across the country to stage events. Plug In America and Adopt a Charger organized the Long Beach event, whose lead sponsor is smart USA. Other sponsors include Nissan LEAF, Bartel’s Brammo, Zero Motorcycles, Cabe Toyota, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern California Edison, American Honda, Ford Motor Company, Verengo Solar, Solar City, Sun Powered, Sustainable Solutions, Schneider Electric, Fiat, Clipper Creek, eVgo, Mitsubishi, GM/Chevy Dealership, Pedego, Penske Chevrolet, Aquarium of the Pacific and The Queen Mary.

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