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Redevelopment Area Site of ‘National Plug-In Day’ Celebration

This is the first time that Temple Terrace is participating in the national event, which promotes the benefits of electric vehicles.

While the City of Temple Terrace waits for developer Vlass Temple Terrace to submit a revised plan for the residential portion of the downtown redevelopment project, the downtown area will be the site of Temple Terrace’s National Plug-In Day Sept. 23.

The event promotes the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) through simultaneous celebrations in cities nationwide. This is the second year that National Plug-In Day is being observed across the country, and the first time Temple Terrace is participating.

“Thousands of people in some 60 cities coast-to-coast—more than double last year’s count—will celebrate plug-in vehicles for the second annual National Plug In Day,” according to a press release from Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, which are national organizers of the event. “Events from Spokane to Sarasota will highlight the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of electric cars with ride ’n drives, rallies, tailgate parties, charging-infrastructure demos, EV-readiness awards, and more.”

Temple Terrace is partnering with Sierra Club Tampa Bay and other local organizations to host its free event from 1 to 6 p.m. The celebration will feature numerous activities, including rides and test drives in modern electric vehicles, such as a Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, according to a city press release.

“The City of Temple Terrace will have a Golf Cart Information Center at the event,” the release states. “Brochures outlining the city’s new golf cart ordinance, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"council-approves-revised-golf-cart-ordinance"} --> will be available. Residents can learn about registering their golf carts for use on Temple Terrace streets for the 2013 calendar year, learn about what equipment is required, and pick up a few safety tips. The information center is sponsored by the

Jamie Robe September 23, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Wow!!!! I happen to be a long time EV fan, so I was in seventh heaven at the event today. I want to thank Temple Terrace and all the other great organizations and people who came and put this on. Standing in the park, you could block out the surrounding empty fields and imagine what it will be like in a few years, after our terrific downtown is built. This place will become the focal point of our city. I was happy to see WMNF Radio there, supporting this alternative transportation event. I was say to some people there that when we remind our children that they came to Temple Terrace's park and saw some EV's in a show like this, they will laugh. By the time they grown up, EVs will be THE normal car. I used to own an EV, and it is a beautiful feeling driving on electric power. It is quieter and you feel more in touch with the road. A great driving experience. I own an original 2001 Prius, and it is going strong at 130,000 miles. There is very little maintenance on EVs and very little can go wrong. Electric motors deliver maximum power to your wheels at zero RPM, which means you can step on it and rocket up to speed. It is fun!!!! Again, thank you Temple Terrace!!!!
Ashley Reams September 24, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Thanks so much for adding photos, Jamie!
Jamie Robe September 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM
The only way I found out about this event was because Patch had it as a story. Thanks again for being Temple Terrace's primary hyper-local news resource. Being out there with all those great people, showing us all some hopeful EV technology, made me feel proud of Temple Terrace as a community. You really could imagine the potential of the new downtown by being down there for this. I encourage others to hold events there as well, as a way for other groups to get that same reaction. Its our downtown, so let's claim the space so to speak, and take ownership. I do have a couple of suggestions for anyone holding an event out there in the future. Rent or buy a half dozen of those white popup tents and put them along the road there for more shade. It was cool in the park area with the trees and gazebo, but that street area was brutal. It is striking how much a medium sized tree drops the temperature. Also, I know there was a food vendor, but other groups could have sold or given away water. I am not sure if there is a water fountain there (the drinking kind, not the kind you can put your feet in LOL).
Phil Compton September 24, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Thanks for the coverage and the great photos. Sierra Club's Florida Healthy Air Campaign organized this event as well as one in Sarasota to help show people that electric cars (EV's) are here now, as well as the charging stations that make it easy to stay charged and running. EV's are a great new way to help end our dependence on oil and end Hillsborough County's air pollution problem. Hillsborough has Florida's worst smog problem - we get an "F" from the American Lung Association every year for having the most days with ozone levels so bad we have air qualtiy advisories warning kids with asthma and seniors with COPD to stay indoors. Since TECO cleaned up their act and reduced their emissions a lot more than most other utilities in America have, you'd think we wouldn't have this problem. But our dependence on cars & trucks from our lack of other transportation chocies means we're ALL part of the problem. Now, though, we can all choose to drive cars that will reduce our smog and our dependence on oil, and with the $7500 federal tax rebate prices are actually less than $30,000 - affordable for many when you consider they run for the equivalent of $.75/gallon - $3 less than other cars. Sierra Club thanks Mayor Joe Affronti and the City of Temple Terrace for working with us to make the 1st public event to be held at this wonderful new place such a healthy, hopeful and fun day. We can all be part of the solution to the pollution that makes life tough for kids with asthma.

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