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New Jersey v. the Electric Car - New Jersey is listening. Now is the time for us to speak up!

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New Jersey v. the Electric Car - New Jersey is listening. Now is the time for us to speak up!
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Please join Plug In America Vice President Michael Thwaite in Trenton on Thursday 5th June, 11am at Room 13 (4th floor) of the Statehouse Annex to give testimony to the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee to support the bill supporting New Jersey and indeed American innovation.

Back in March I, along with a throng of EV owners watched in disbelief as the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, spurred on by lobbying from the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJCAR), voted to deny an extension to Tesla Motors that would have allowed them to continue selling their vehicles in NJ from their two stores.

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New Jersey v. the Electric Car - Is this a National Issue?

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New Jersey v. the Electric Car - Is this a National Issue?
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Last month, March 11th, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) voted to enforce an age old ruling that prohibited car manufacturers from selling cars directly to the consumer. The target of that act was Tesla Motors Inc.  Read on to find out what happened next.

Last month, March 11th, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) voted to enforce an age old ruling that prohibited car manufacturers from selling cars directly to the consumer. The target of that act was Tesla Motors Inc.

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Own a Piece of History

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Own a Piece of History
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Plug In America has received a generous donation of a Tesla Roadster which is being auctioned off this week.

328 Linda Nicholes, co-founder of Plug In America and long-time advocate for solar energy and plug-in cars, has been on the front lines of the plug-in movement since the beginning.  When Tesla announced that they would be selling vehicles to the public, Linda was among the first in line.  Her roadster, production number 20, has been featured at numerous plug-in events and has even had a few media cameos.  After purchasing one of the first Model S Sedans, Linda has generously offered her Roadster, “Tessie”, to Plug In America to support our work in prom

Tesla Motors Model X

The Tesla Model X is an all-electric crossover that seats 7 adults and features "falcon-wing" rear doors, which require little clearance on each side of the vehicle. The Model X is based on the Model S platform, and shares about 60% of the its parts with the sedan. Like the Model S, the Model X will have three battery pack options. The Model X is about 10% heavier than the Model S, and will consequently have about 10% less range than the Model S.
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National Plug In Day: An Accidental EV Wrangler

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National Plug In Day: An Accidental EV Wrangler
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Former Plug In America board member Alexandra Paul describes the process of rounding up hundreds of EVs for National Plug In Day's flagship event: history's biggest EV parade.

208 Alexandra Paul and her Chevrolet Volt, July 28, 2011I have a lifelong phobia of organizing get-togethers. I avoid anything more complicated than having my book club over for a potluck.

So what did I say when Zan Dubin Scott, Plug In America's Communications Director, asked me to recruit EVs for National Plug In Day’s Santa Monica parade?

I said yes, of course.

Did I mention she wanted to make it the biggest assembly of plug-in vehicles in the world?

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Tesla Roadsters Escape LA

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Tesla Roadsters Escape LA
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On July 16th, 2011, a group of Tesla Roadsters drove from LA to San Diego to escape the traffic of the I-405 closure.

Ready for TakeoffIf you live in California, there's no doubt that you've heard about "Carmageddon", the closure of I-405 on the weekend of July 16th. To escape from this traffic nightmare, Plug In America member Renee Swenson organized an "Escape from LA" Tesla Roadster rally.

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A RAV4 EV with the Heart of a Tesla

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A RAV4 EV with the Heart of a Tesla
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I recently got to test drive what I secretly fantasized might be the clandestine "love child" of an illicit tryst between my 2001 RAV4 EV and the 2008 Tesla roadster parked next to each other in the garage. I slid cautiously behind the wheel, stepped on the brake and pushed the roadster-like Drive button on the center console before taking off

149 Standing between past and future RAV4 EVsI recently had the privilege of driving what I secretly fantasized might be the clandestine automotive love child of an illicit tryst that could have occurred in the midnight hours between my 2001 RAV4 EV and 2008 Tesla Roadster whilst parked next to each other in the garage.

Toyota 2nd Gen. RAV4 EV

The second generation Toyota RAV4 EV is the result of the Toyota and Tesla Motors collaboration. Based on the popular RAV4 compact SUV and powered by a Tesla electric powertrain, the RAV4 EV project adopts a new development model that incorporates Tesla’s streamline, fast and flexible approach with Toyota’s engineering and manufacturing leadership. [Toyota]

Tesla Motors Model S

The Model S is a 4-door "fastback" sedan built by California EV startup Tesla Motors. The Model S comes with two choices of battery capacity: 65kWh for an EPA rated range of 208 miles and 80kWh for an EPA rated range of 265 miles. The Model S will accelerate from 0-60 in 4.2 to 5.9 seconds, depending on the version. The Model S can seat up to 7 (5 adults + 2 children) with optional rear jumper seats. Recharging at home will take 4 hours from a Tesla charging station.

Tesla Motors Roadster

The hand-built carbon fiber Tesla roadster has been upgraded, redefined and slightly redesigned resulting in the roadster sport model. As with the basic roadster, expect effortless acceleration to 125 mph top speed. However, the newer sport model will take you from 0 to 60 in a mind-numbing 3.7 seconds (rather than 3.9 seconds) with the same liquid-cooled 56 kWh Li-on battery pack consisting of 6,831 cells. This 288 hp high-performance two-seater electric beauty will charge in 3.5 hours via a 240/70 charger and has the capability of charging at any 120 volt outlet.