The nearest National Plug-In Day event for Wyoming this weekend was in Denver. After a sneak preview and talking to attendees of the event, it was a great one.
Electric cars are not really a Wyoming thing. We drive too far, have weather that's too harsh, or otherwise have reasons we don't tend to buy them. Yet some of these plug-in cars are a great fit here. So what's all the hype?
National Plug In Day is an annual event sponsored by Nissan and this year included partners from Ford, and several coalitions in local areas who are promoting plug-in hybrids and electric cars, their infrastructure, and public awareness.
The event features ride and drives in plug-in-ready cars supplied by local dealerships and with the help of informative employees there who can help consumers understand the benefits and capabilities of the PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) on offer.
Misconceptions about battery electrics, plug-in hybrids, and even conversions are rampant and those who sell the cars have found that a few minutes explaining their benefits and use dispels most of those. One of the largest of those false assumptions is that all electrics are alike.
One look at the offerings at a National Plug In Day ride and drive will quickly do away with that notion, as the practical Nissan LEAF is contrasted by the luxurious Tesla Model S while the range-anxious will see the fun Ford C-MAX Energi and the stylish Chevrolet Volt. The range of options is likely larger than most would expect.
And in the Denver area, including Wyoming, for those who already own a hybrid Prius and aren't ready to sell it, the option of making it a plug-in hybrid without voiding its warranty is had through Boulder Hybrids, which turns a standard Prius into a 100 mpg plug-in (pictured above).
Watch the video of my latest Driving in Wyoming Podcast (embedded here) for a closer look at the cars that were there to be driven and how they fit with the Wyoming lifestyle.