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National Plug In Day -- Denver

Denver's Sustainability Park hosted one of 20 National Plug In Day Events Sunday. [Photo By Anna Dreiling]

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National Plug In Day -- Denver

Multiple EVs were on display, including the Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF and others. Most of the cars' owners were proud to show people their cars' interiors and engines. [Photo By Anna Dreiling]

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National Plug In Day -- Denver

Modern cars were not the only cars on display. Here's an EV-adapted 1978 Volkswagen Super Beetle, left, and an adapted Volkswagen Speedster, on right.[Photo By Anna Dreiling]

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National Plug In Day -- Denver

Butch Shelley's Nissan LEAF, "Sparky." Shelley buys wind power from his utility to power "Sparky". [Photo By Anna Dreiling]

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National Plug In Day -- Denver

Also at the event were electric motorcycles, such as the one pictured here. [Photo By Anna Dreiling]

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National Plug In Day -- Denver

This LEAF motor drove owner Butch Shelley nearly 2,000 miles on $29 worth of electricity. The same mileage would've cost Shelley $300 in a gas car. [Photo By Anna Dreiling]

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National Plug In Day -- Denver

This 1978 VW Super Beetle has a charge time of 8 hours, a range of 85+ miles and a top speed of 90 mph. [Photo By Anna Dreiling]

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National Plug In Day -- Denver

One of many of the Nissan LEAFs present reflected some of the sustainability event behind it. [Photo By Anna Dreiling]

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National Plug In Day -- Denver

People mingle before heading over to a screening of What is the Electric Car?. The film traces the history of EVs and looks forward to a future world based on EVs. [Photo By Anna Dreiling]

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In recognition of America’s first-ever National Plug In Day, members of the Denver, Colo. Area electric vehicle community gathered for Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition’s (DMCCC) “Show, Shine and Dine” event at Denver’s Sustainability Park Sunday.

As was the case in 19 other U.S. cities which held National Plug In Day Events, multiple EVs were on display in Denver. Many attendees also watched a screening of the new documentary called “What is the Electric Car?”, checked out EV engines, spoke with EV experts and viewed displays by such organizations as Xcel Energy, the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office, Imbue Strategy and Canopy Airport Parking.

Among those in attendance was Denver local channel 7news’ Chief Meteorologist, Mike Nelson. Nelson greeted attendees and spoke energetically about the potential behind the EV and solar synergy.

According to those in attendance, Nelson is planning on leading an initiative for 7news to purchase an EV and to build a solar charging station to accompany it.

The Denver National Plug In Day event comes shortly after the announcement of the U.S. Department of Energy’s granting the DMCCC $500,000 as a part of the Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure Funding Opportunity.

After receiving the grant, the DMCCC looks to promote the spread of local electric vehicles around the Denver area by addressing some of the most common barriers faced by EVs, among these a lack of charging infrastructure.

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Two Toyota Priuses that have been converted to plug-in hybrids at the Denver, Colo. National Plug In Day event. [Photo Credit: Anna Dreiling]

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