The inaugural “Parade West: Plug In, America!” event is scheduled Saturday, January 17th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica to promote the use of electric vehicles.

Fifty-five plug-in vehicles will parade through Santa Monica January 17th as part of the event.

Plug In America, a nonprofit organization involved in the nation’s plug-in vehicle movement, has scheduled a 9:30 a.m. press conference followed by “Inaugural Parade West: Plug In, America!”

State Senator Fran Pavley and others will send their message standing beside the Civic Auditorium’s solar carport to encourage that clean, renewable energy replace oil to fuel vehicles.

The clean-car parade at the Civic Auditorium is expected to represent the largest assembly of its kind in history, according to Plug In America.

“The number of drivers who have signed up for this parade exceeded even our own high expectations,” said Pavley, who authored what is considered the nation’s first global warming law when she was in the State Assembly. “It sends a clear signal that Americans are serious about combating climate change and will vote with their dollars by purchasing clean, efficient cars.”

The event’s all-electric vehicles, all of which are freeway-capable, include more than two dozen Toyota RAV4 EVs (electric vehicles) — with tens of thousands of oil-free miles on each — three Tesla Roadsters, two Vectrix motor scooters, one Zero Motorcycle, two Phoenix SUTs and a prototype Mitsubishi iMiEV. The latter is undergoing testing at Southern California Edison, which also will provide a prototype Ford Escape plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. A 1971 Porsche 914 is among other EV conversions.

The Toyota Tacoma pickup truck Solar Taco, which is used by SolarCity to educate local students about solar energy, will also be in the parade.

Parade-vehicle owners and drivers range from Ed Miller, an engineer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars Science Lander Rover project, to Alexandra Paul, an actress and Plug In America board member, to green leader Ed Begley, Jr.

The production of ten million plug-in vehicles by 2016 by a retooled, electrified auto industry is expected to create hundreds of thousands of new green jobs, according to Plug In America.

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