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Time to plug in

October 12th, 2011
The Mitsubishi MiEV, 100-percent electric, arrives in early 2012. It's being dubbed as the most affordable EV in America with a starting price of $21,625 after tax savings. Photo from mitsubishicars.com.

The Mitsubishi MiEV, 100-percent electric, arrives in early 2012. It's being dubbed as the most affordable EV in America with a starting price of $21,625 after tax savings. Photo from mitsubishicars.com.

If you drive, you've probably felt the pain at the gas pump recently. Unless, of course, you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle. As gas prices keep increasing, it will eventually make sense for drivers to look for alternatives — and to plug in.

Electric car drivers across Oahu are going to champion their benefits as part of the first National Plug In Day this Sunday, Oct. 16. The day is being organized by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and Electric Auto Association.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., plug-in cars by Nissan, Mitsubishi, Wheego and others will be on hand for viewing and limited test drives at Haleiwa Farmers' Market, along with EV chargers and other products.

From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the electric cars will be at the "piano lot" next to the Children's Discoveory Center in Kakaako. At 2 p.m., a new charging spot will also be unveiled at Kakaako Waterfront Park.

Curious about what electric cars are in the pipeline and when they'll be available? You can check them out at the plug-in vehicle tracker.

It's great to see the vision of Better Place Hawaii taking shape, with EV charging stations at the state Capitol, the Sheraton Waikiki and elsewhere. I noticed Disney's new Aulani resort at Ko Olina has four EV charging stations in its parking lot. I'm glad they were thinking ahead.

Elsewhere in the U.S., there will be electric car parades, lectures, a ceremonial plugging-in and other events. For a complete list of Plug In Day events, go to www.pluginamerica.org/pluginday.

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