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San Diego Now Home To 10,000+ Electric Cars

September 20 is Electric Vehicle Day in San Diego. It is a National Drive Electric Week event where San Diego participants can test drive the newest EVs on the market. There are plenty of incentives for EV drivers in San Diego, and this is an event to find out more about these incentives as well. The event is free and open to the public. Sempra Energy, a regional utility, explains that there is a vehicle to suit every lifestyle.

This is a one-day-only opportunity, so see why San Diego has one of the highest adoption rates of EVs in the world. The area as well as the state is leading the way to cleaner air. It is seriously fashionable to drive an EV in San Diego. The city has a notable milestone to celebrate this year with more than 10,000 EVs on the roads in the metro region.

Image Credit: Colby Trudeau.

A San Diego electric car. Image Credit: Colby Trudeau


press release from Sempra Energy digs into the numbers a bit. Beginning with the market launch in December 2010, sales or leases of EVs increased in San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) service territory of San Diego and southern Orange counties reached 10,000 EVs.

New sales figures from the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative also show that the state has set a new world record. California has just surpassed 100,000 plug-in sales. This advance is essential toward achieving the governor’s goals of building clean infrastructure to support one million zero emission vehicles by 2020 and putting 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the roads by 2025. Sempra Energy writes:

“This exciting news underscores the fact that we have an enormous opportunity ahead of us as a region and state to grow the electric vehicle and charging infrastructure markets. Increased efforts are needed beyond these milestones, and with strong collaboration statewide, we will be able to help reach the governor’s goal,” said James P. Avery, SDG&E senior vice president of power supply. “We invite anyone who is curious about EV ownership to join us at the upcoming Electric Vehicle Day event on Sept. 20 at Liberty Station, which is expected to be the largest gathering of EVs in San Diego’s history.”

Electric Vehicle Day – San Diego: A National Drive Electric Week Event ( will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Liberty Station. San Diego’s Electric Vehicle Day is being hosted by SDG&E in partnership with Center for Sustainable Energy and CleanTECH San Diego, and coincides with National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 15–21, where ride-and-drives are taking place from Hawaii to Vermont.


National Drive Electric Week is being organized by Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association. 35 states are participating with 115 events planned starting tomorrow, Monday. Plug In America aim is to lend the experience of driving electric to those interested and planning to go that route. It’s the season of change. Hopefully the coming week leads potential drivers and buyers into breaking records and more milestones faster than the wonderful acceleration of an electric car.

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Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. (Several unrelated publications) She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education, mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)


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