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Fasten Your Seat Belts – National Plug-In Day Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013

By Bob Weed, Copper Development Association (CDA) Vice President OEM

Could electric cars someday trump football in popularity? You may be shaking your head, but take a break from watching America’s favorite fall sport this weekend to celebrate the growth in electric vehicles on National Plug-In Day, Sunday, Sept. 29. 

A 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV getting charged up.

It’s the third year of the event and the largest so far, with more than 90 cities participating, up from 20 a year ago. Plug-in celebrations will be held throughout the U.S., and in Canada, Mexico and Amsterdam. The buzz about EVs is only getting greater as people discover the benefits of driving one.

Best of all, EVs rely on copper, which has the highest conductivity of any metal that can be practically used for conveying electricity. The average car has 50-55 pounds of copper in it. In an EV, that amount will nearly triple – to 150-180 pounds. More than two-thirds of the copper will be found in the car’s wiring harness and electrical components.

EVs also are environmentally friendly and have great power, making them fun to drive. Fuel for EVs is five times cheaper than gasoline, according to Plug In America. And you can charge up your EV easily in your garage or workplace.

An EV charging station at San Francisco City Hall.

Sales of EVs nearly tripled in 2012 and have doubled this year, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Association.

Autodata Corp. reported the sale of 54,855 hybrids last month, a 32% increase from August 2012 and an industry record. Sales of rechargeable vehicles, including the Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt and Nissan leaf totaled 11,392, a 147% increase from a year ago. So consumers are getting the message about the value of EVs.

There now are more than 30 plug-in vehicles for sale in the U.S., available from a variety of auto companies, including General Motors, Nissan, Mitsubishi and more.

If you’re curious about EVs – check out a National Plug In Day event in your area. And remember, copper is the mighty metal that makes the EV work. To learn about copper in electrical vehicles, check out the CDA’s website or email me, robert.weed@copperalliance.us.


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