When Rich Salmon strolled into an auto dealership in Alabama, he had no idea he would become the proud owner of the 100,000th plug-in vehicle sold in America. To commemorate his purchase, Plug In America awarded Mr. Salmon with a new ClipperCreek Level 2 charging station plus $300 toward its installation, both generously donated by ClipperCreek.
While at the dealership, Salmon purchased a Mitsubishi i (aka iMiEV) and was selected to represent the 100,000th buyer of an EV.
According to Salmon, “I took the iMiEV for a test drive. It was a loaded model and I liked it, so I bought it. While searching for a level-two charger, I ran across Plug In America’s contest and decided to enter. I had ordered a ClipperCreek LCS-25 because it seemed to be one of the most recommended chargers, but I never figured I would win one. Now, it will be a historic charge station.”
Plug In America estimated that the 100,000th plug-in would be sold between May 15th and June 15th, 2013. The contest was open to anyone who took delivery of a qualifying new plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicle between those dates. Even though the contest has ended, Plug In America continues to track EV sales. The tracker is at 115,500 at the moment.
Plug In America board president Richard Kelly said:
Alabama is a great place to drive an EV and we’re thrilled that our winner lives in the state. He also stated that for only $2.25, Salmon could drive 166 miles in his iMiEV on homegrown renewable electricity generated from biomass, solar, wind and landfill methane, thanks to Alabama Power’s Renewable Energy Rate program.
By using clean electricity, Rich can save $22.75 compared to traveling the same distance using gasoline. He’s a plug-in pioneer and we know he’ll put his new charge station to good use.
So, it seems buying an EV not only has its environmental advantages, but you can gain some prestige and win a charger to boot. Who knew! Wonder what the 1,000,000th buyer will receive?
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