Cypress Trips the Car Electric

If the 75 or so cars that pulled into a massive Cypress parking lot Sunday seemed unusually quiet, that was by design.

Electric car drivers, makers and enthusiasts gathered at the Mitsubishi Motors North America headquarters for Orange County's National Plug In Day celebration.

Cypress Trips the Car Electric
Photo courtesy of Richard Kelly/Plug In America

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Cars that participated in the second annual event displayed their respective "Oil-Free Miles Driven" on their back windows. Among them were Mitsubishi i-MiEVs, General Motors Volts, Nissan Leafs, Toyota RAV4 EVs and Prius Plug-ins, Tesla Motors roadsters, Coda sedans, Fisker Karma sedans, BMW Active Es, Honda Electric Fits and several conversions.

Cypress plugs in.
Cypress plugs in.
Plug In America

The car world has indeed gone electric, and to facilitate the transition drivers experienced Mitsubishi's fast-charging stations powered by overhead solar. The Japanese automaker joined the nonprofit Sierra Club, Plug In America and the Electric Auto Association in presenting the Orange County event, one of 60 Sunday from Maui to New York City. Attendees here drove or rode in Mitsubishi electrics provided by the company.

Tale of the tape ...
Tale of the tape ...
Photo courtesy of Richard Kelly/Plug In America

"Electricity is not a rare or limited resource in our country," Jim McCarthy, the Electric Vehicle Association's Southern California chapter president, told attendees. "Electric cars can plug into that American resource to help free us all from the gas pump and rising gasoline prices today. . . . Remember that every EV on the road means cleaner air along with the reduction of oil dependence, related geo-political entanglements and health costs."

Some electrics are sporty.
Some electrics are sporty.
Photo courtesy of Richard Kelly/Plug In America

Other speakers included David Patterson, Mitsubishi Motors' chief engineer of Mobile Emissions, and state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), who spoke about his legislative efforts to encourage EV driving and clean up emissions at the Port of Long Beach. Doug Kind, manager of Engineering and Sustainability at Cal State Fullerton, addressed the crowd and received a certificate for helping lead OC's "Greenest Business/Entity" for championing a 1.16 megawatt solar system and seven charging stations on campus.

Sign of iTimes
Sign of iTimes
Photo courtesy of Richard Kelly/Plug In America

Learn more about Plug In Day HERE.

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