For the first time, the Town of Normal is set to host a Central Illinois National Plug-In day on Saturday.
All across the country 95 events are being held during this weekend in more than 50 cities. This is the 3rd Annual National Plug-In Day, but the first to be held in Central Illinois.
Heather Beal, communications manager for the Town of Normal, discussed the importance of community members coming out and attending Plug-In Day.
“We want to continue to educate people on the benefits of owning and driving electric vehicles and this celebration is a fun way to achieve this goal,” Beal said.
“We will have real owners on hand to tell their experiences and answer questions, which can be less intimidating than talking to a car salesman.”
National Plug-In day is planned to have food, music, electric tailgate, wind exhibitor and test drives. The wind exhibitor shows the process of wind being turned into energy for electrical use, Beal said.
Also, the ISU Solar Team is bringing out one of their cars to have on display.
“National Plug-In Day is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric cars,” Beal said. “They are fun to drive, are less expensive, are more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”
The main focus of Plug-In Day is hopefully people will begin thinking about an electric vehicle as their next car purchase or potentially a second car, Beal said.
Additionally, the Town of Normal wants to eliminate the misconception that electric vehicles are not “real” cars.
The Town hopes Plug-In Day catches on in Central Illinois and will continue to be an annual event for years to come.
The event will be held in the Normal Parks and Recreation parking lot at 100 E. Phoenix Ave. Plug-In Day is free and open to the public.