Media Advisory for Philadelphia Sunday 9/23/2012; Franklin Institute
Contact: Michael L. Craner, Michael@renewamericaroadtrip.com, (215-874-7182)
Does Governor Ed Rendell think Electric Cars are for Wusses?
Find out this Sunday, Sept. 23 from noon to 4 pm at the Franklin Institute when Ed Rendell speaks at 1pm on the politics of energy and transportation, signs his new book “A Nation of Wusses – How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great,” and thousands come to Ride, Drive, and Experience some of the latest electric vehicles and related technology as part of Philly National Plug In Day at the Franklin from noon to 4pm.
Discover the benefits of the new 54.5 MPG standard, the real cost of gasoline, why we should push to continue wind energy incentives; and get the facts on solar energy and global warming from a presentation by Richard Whiteford at 12:30pm on the Science of Global Warming, and discussion with other experts, while seeing and getting a chance to experience hands-on the electric vehicle revolution in transportation.
Lean how adoption of electric vehicles is a core component of economic recovery and national security and key to our nation’s survival and a prosperous future; see the PECO Chevy Volt and learn about rebate programs for EVs, and speak to actual EV owners about why they drive electric and the benefits of zero emissions, significantly reduced maintenance costs, and decreasing their cost per mile of driving by as much as a factor of 10!
See and test drive some practical electric cars you can buy today like the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and Mitsubishi Miev, and some exotic electric luxury/sports cars like the Fisker Karma and Tesla Roadster.
Find out why one EV owner and his wife drove across the country to educate people about renewable energy and lifestyle and see the RARdster, the Tesla Roadster that made that historic journey.
Experience the genius of Nikola Tesla, whose inventions power our lives and are at the heart of the EV revolution, through live demonstrations of a Tesla Coil and wireless power transfer.
Speak to real moms who fight the cause against air pollution for all of us by visiting with Mom’s Clean Air Force and enjoy a ride on an electric scooter around town, courtesy of Penn Scooters of Philadelphia.
Get in touch with what is happening at Plug In Day events in other cities by video conferencing into their concurrent events courtesy of Telikin computers Franklin Science center.
Learn about how electric vehicles are coming back with a vengeance after being effectively banned by big oil interests over a decade ago by watching the film “Revenge of the Electric Car” in the Demonstration Theatre at 3pm.
National Plug In Day is Sunday, September 23, 2012. For more event details in each city and to RSVP visit: http://www.pluginday.org
For details of the new data analysis see: http://sierraclub.typepad.com/compass/2012/09/national-plug-in-day-oil-free.html
About the Franklin Institute: Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned leader in science and technology learning through hands-on exhibits, theaters, live shows, outreach and awards recognition. http://www2.fi.edu/
About the Renew America Roadtrip: The Renew America Roadtrip™ (RAR) made history in July of 2009 when it completed America’s first volunteer, green, charity drive coast-to-coast in an all-electric sports car - a Tesla Motor's Roadster. RAR continues to raise money for charities and awareness of renewable, sustainable, and eco-friendly practices through an on-going series of educational/advocacy campaigns and appearances throughout the country. www.renewamericaroadtrip.com
About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with 1.4 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states. The Sierra Club’s national electric vehicles campaign advocates for a switch to EVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut our addiction to oil. www.sierraclub.org/electric-vehicles
About Plug In America: Plug In America is leading the nation’s plug-in vehicle movement. The nonprofit organization works to 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. We drive electric. You can, too. www.pluginamerica.org
About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. The local Philadelphia chapter www.electricauto.org
About Exton Nissan: Exton Nissan is a premier Nissan dealership serving Chester Springs. They are also the regional leader in sales of Nissan’s new all-electric Leaf. They have a strong commitment to green practices and offer four level-2 J1772 standard charging stations to the general EV public. www.extonnissan.com
About Advanced Solar Industries: When you switch to clean, locally produced, solar energy you become part of the energy solution. Leasing options make this easy. When you lease, Advanced Solar Industries will install your system, and perform troubleshooting and maintenance as necessary over the lifetime of the lease. At the end of the lease term, you may either renew the lease, buy the equipment at fair market value, or request that the system be removed at no cost to you. http://advancedsolarindustries.com/
About The Tesla Science Foundation: Promoting the legacy of Nikola Tesla by raising awareness of his accomplishments and contributions to the 21st Century to include introducing his many patents and inventions that remain applicable to our current needs. We bring together those with a genuine interest in Tesla through educational programs, workshops, meetings and public events. http://teslasciencefoundation.org
About Mom’s Clean Air Force: Moms Clean Air Force is national movement of more than 80,000 moms — and dads too! — who are protecting our children’s right to clean air — just as our parents fought for us, forty years ago, when the Clean Air Act was first passed. http://www.momscleanairforce.org/
About Clean Air Council: Clean Air Council is a member-supported environmental organization serving the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Council is dedicated to protecting and defending everyone’s right to breathe clean air. The Council works through a broad array of related sustainability and public health initiatives, using public education, community action, government oversight, and enforcement of environmental laws. http://www.cleanair.org/
About Penn Scooters: Penn Scooters, LLC is an electric scooter rental and sales business located at 115 South Street, Philadelphia, PA. Our mission is to provide an inexpensive and eco-friendly mode of transportation as well as a new and exciting recreation to Philadelphians and tourists alike. We are the first to provide such services, offering hourly and daily ELECTRIC scooter rentals along with scooter accessories. http://pennscooters.com/
About Telikin Computer: Telikin is a simple and easy to use family computer that combines video chat, photo sharing, email and many more popular features into a sleek, touchscreen device.It's fun for young and the young at heart and easy to use for seniors, the elderly and their families. http://www.telikin.com/
About Richard Whiteford: Richard Whiteford is a writer, environmental activist, and a communications professional. Alarm over the massive loss of Earth’s variety of plants, creatures, and ecosystems, the dangers of pollution on public health, and the impending impacts from climate change, compelled Mr. Whiteford to devote his life to fighting for environmental protection. http://rdwhiteford.blogspot.com/
About Governor Ed Rendell: Ed Rendell is a longtime proponent of clean energy and "green economic growth", Rendell recently left Harrisburg after two successful terms as Governor of Pennsylvania and as a nationally recognized leader on the national stage as Chairman of the National Governors Association and the Democratic National Committee. Under his leadership, Pennsylvania rose to be ranked third in the nation for green job creation and one of the top five states generating solar power. As Governor of Pennsylvania from 2003-2011, Rendell served two terms as chief executive of the nation’s 6th-most-populous state and oversaw a $28.3 billion budget. http://www.elementpartners.com/team-edrendell.html