Plug In America

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Plug In America
Plug In America Logo 2012.png
Founded August 24, 2005
Type 501(c)(3)
Focus Plug-in electric vehicles
Key people
Joel Levin (Executive Director), Michael Thwaite (President of the Board), Richard Kelly (Vice President), Jeff Finn (Secretary and Treasurer), Jay Friedland (Board), Tom Saxton (Board Chief Science Officer), Katherine Stainken (Policy Director), Mary Kathryn Campbell (Program Manager), Eric Cahill (Program Director), Paul Scott (Founder)
Mission "Plug In America drives change. We accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment."

Plug In America (PIA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that promotes and advocates the use of plug-in cars, trucks and sports utility vehicles (SUVs) powered by domestic and renewable electricity which it claims will help reduce dependence on fossil fuels, improve the global environment and reduce greenhouse gases and climate change.

PIA advocates the development of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, and other vehicles which use electricity, from the power grid or from electricity-generating devices such as solar cells, as a substantial source of motive energy.


Plug In America was initiated by Don't Crush, a coalition organized to stop automobile manufacturers from destroying electric vehicles at the end of their lease. Because of Don't Crush's previous success in preventing the destruction of Toyota and Ford electric car models, and exposing General Motors' decision to discontinue its plug-in hybrid, the group hoped to strengthen its cause for plug-in vehicles by forming PIA.[1]

The organization's mission is to drive change to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Plug In America helps consumers, policy-makers, auto manufacturers and others to understand the powerful benefits of driving electric. It provides practical, objective information to help consumers select the best plug-in vehicle for their lifestyles and needs. Plug In America founded National Drive Electric Week, the world’s largest celebration of the plug-in vehicle, which welcomed over 120,000 attendees across 235 events in 2016 (its sixth year), spanned 46 states, eight Canadian provinces and seven countries.

The organization works in conjunction with environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club and automobile corporations, such as Ford, GM, and Nissan. Plug In America launched National Plug In Day in 2011, now National Drive Electric Week, with partners Sierra Club and Electric Auto Association.

Plug In America is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and accepts charitable donations. You may help the organization fulfill its mission by visiting the organization's web site, taking political action, volunteering, or donating to the cause.[2]

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