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December 2010

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Ask MoveOn.org to Support Plug In America

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Ask MoveOn.org to Support Plug In America
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Vote before Dec. 29 for MoveOn.org to urge its many many many supporters to help fund Plug In America!

91 Photo by Theresa Thompson (CC)Like many of us, the grassroots political action organization MoveOn.org is figuring out its end-of-year charitable donations strategy. You can help them decide!

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2010 Coming to a Close

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2010 Coming to a Close
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2010, the "year of the plug-ins" is coming to a close. Colby discusses a few of the new EVs that started delivery this historic year.

It feels like just last week that we were all eagerly awaiting the arrival of 2010, the year of the plug-ins. And here we are today, 2010 is nearly over and we have production EVs from major automakers on the road. Let's take a look at a few of the plug-ins that went into production this year:

88 Nissan Leaf

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What a Decorative Driveway!

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What a Decorative Driveway!
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There's nothing quite like a seasonal boat parade party to rev up ye old holiday spirit, and this year's lineup of extravagantly lit and decorated vessels gliding past our Huntington Harbor house was no exception. The real excitement, the real action, however, was parked quietly and without fanfare squarely in our garage and overflowing into our driveway.

85 There's nothing quite like a seasonal boat parade party to rev up ye old holiday spirit, and this year's lineup of extravagantly lit and decorated vessels gliding past our Huntington Harbor home was no exception. My husband Howard and I took advantage of the nautical spectacle and hosted not one, but two boat parade parties.

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Historic: CalCars, Prof. Frank Get Plug-in Hybrid Chevy Volt

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Historic: CalCars, Prof. Frank Get Plug-in Hybrid Chevy Volt
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A historic event happens this Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 9:30 a.m. -- three of the most deserving people welcome their new Chevrolet Volts.
Professor Andrew Frank of the University of California, Davis has been designing, building, and advocating for plug-in hybrids longer than just about anyone -- 30 years or more. Felix Kramer and Ron Gremban, the indefatigueable duo behind the non-profit California Cars Initiative (CalCars), put the drive for plug-in hybrids on the political map and into consumers' consciousness by doing the first public conversion of a Toyota Prius hybrid into a plug-in hybrid in 2004 in Gremban's garage.
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Breaking - EV Infrastructure Tax Credit Extension Passed House

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Breaking - EV Infrastructure Tax Credit Extension Passed House
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Just wanted to let you know that the tax bill with the EV infrastructure tax credit extension passed the House late tonight 277-148. It extends the EV infrastructure tax credit for one year until 12/31/2011 at pre-stimulus levels.

77 Capitol BuildingJust wanted to let you know that the tax bill with the EV infrastructure tax credit extension passed the House late tonight 277-148.

It extends the EV infrastructure tax credit for one year until 12/31/2011 at pre-stimulus levels.

This means that the tax credit on an EV charger is 30% up to $1,000 for consumers and 30% up to $30,000 for businesses rather than 50% up to $2,000/50% up to $50,000 as it has been for the past two years.

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My Trial LEAF & the trials of public charging

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My Trial LEAF & the trials of public charging
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I've got a LEAF for a few days. Very exciting. I'll have a full report soon. But I've got to mention one frustration I've encountered. Restricted charge stations.

76 Credit: Marc Geller

I've got a LEAF for a few days. Very exciting. I'll have a full report soon. But I've got to mention one frustration I've encountered. Restricted charge stations.

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Our Latest PSA: Clothes

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Our Latest PSA: Clothes
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Our fourth PSA has gone Live! Clothes demonstrates all of the unnecessary maintenance that a gasoline powered vehicle requires.

74 75 Today, Plug In America launched our fourth PSA, Clothes, which uses clothing as an analogy for vehicle maintenance. Compared to other fuel types, electric cars need very little maintenance, meaining less waste in the landfill and more money in your pocket. In the 45 second clip, electric simply puts on new shoes, while gasoline requires a whole new wardrobe-- and it isn't cheap!

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Ten Reasons to be Excited About Electric Vehicles

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Ten Reasons to be Excited About Electric Vehicles
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With all of the talk about the coming electric cars, I'd like to share ten reasons why we should be excited about finally having an electric choice in affordable, practical, freeway-capable cars.

With all of the talk about the coming electric cars, I'd like to share ten reasons why we should be excited about finally having an electric choice in affordable, practical, freeway-capable cars. My wife and I have been driving pure electric vehicles for over two years now, we no longer own a gas car, and don't plan on ever owning one again. Now that we're used to driving electric, we have no interest in going back to gas. Here are ten reasons why.

71 Sporty or Practical, Electric Vehicles Do It All

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Help us get Congress to extend the EV Infrastructure Tax Credit

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Help us get Congress to extend the EV Infrastructure Tax Credit
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Last year the US Government approved tax credits for EV charging infrastructure of 50%. Unfortunately this tax credit expires 12/31/2010. This is absolutely the wrong time to end this tax credit. We need your help - please take just a moment to show Washington just how serious you are about getting affordable plug-in infrastructure at our homes and businesses.

60 Capitol BuildingLast year the US Government approved tax credits for EV charging infrastructure of 50% up to $2,000 for individuals and $50,000 for businesses. Unfortunately this tax credit expires 12/31/2010. Just as plug-in cars are about to get on the road is absolutely the wrong time to end this tax credit. Plug In America is working with members of Congress to get this tax credit extended. But now we hear that the infrastructure tax credit extension may be scaled back or eliminated from the 2010 tax extenders bill.

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Our PSA Hits National Televsion

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Our PSA Hits National Televsion
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Who knew Fabio--and FOX--would be so good to us?

Plug In America's third PSA, "Hype," ran on national television today, from start to finish. This is a historic first for us. Sure, we've been on the big screen ("Who Killed the Electric Car?") and our protests and talking-points covered by local TV news. But whodathunk FOX would be the first network to go so far for not-so-little-old us?