Last Sunday, Sarasota, Florida residents hosted the National Plug In Day event with many activities. The festival kicked off at Selby Five Points Park with a ‘Silent Parade’ of forty seven electric vehicles that rounded the parade at St. Armand’s Circle.
After the parade, the electric vehicle owners showcased their prized cars at a local expo, with attendees allowed to test drive electric vehicles in and around the Met Fashion Show House parking lot. Other activities included educational symposiums and discussions on the environmental as well as economic benefits of switching to electric vehicles.
Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell lead the festivities for nearly sixty cities throughout the United States that celebrated the 2nd Annual National Plug In Day. She said, “We are on the front and center of technology. I hope that events like this would wean America off our dependency on foreign oil.”
Among the major come-ons for Sarasota includes the Florida sunshine and the burgeoning economy as well as the building of infrastructure that specifically provides services to electric and solar vehicles. The city of Sarasota had just completed five electric charging stations in five locations, namely City Hall, St. Armand’s South parking lot and at Bayfront Park. There are four other charging stations located on the first floor of the Palm Avenue parking facility.
According to Britten Cleveland, co-captain of the Plug In Day festivities and member of the local Sierra club, “It’s a great place to promote this; the country and city have been really supportive. There’s a global shift towards plugging in America for environmental and economical reasons. “
A Sarasota resident and Prius owner, Reni Robertson attended the event with the intent to purchase a new electric vehicle. She was surprised at the modern designs many sported and she eyed a yellow Telus worth U.S. $115,000.00. This was quite an amount for her pockets but she said, “A lot of people don’t switch to electric vehicles because of the price point. But you have to think of it as an investment and if you will make your investment back in a reasonable amount of time with gas and energy savings.”