national plug in day 2011 santa monica

…and then there were 60.

That’s how many cities will be celebrating the Second Annual National Plug In Day later this month.

The celebration of all things EV, which is being put on by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, will take place Sunday, September 23, in cities ranging from the usual suspects – Boston, San Francisco and Austin – to the less-than-usual (for EV enthusiasm) locales like Dallas, Baltimore and Salt Lake City.

Additionally, organizers are looking to drum up further enthusiasm with free “ride and drive” opportunities as well as iPad giveaways at 10 of the events. For instance, the Los Angeles-area ride and drive will take place at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, near Los Angeles International Airport. That event will give people a chance to cruise in a Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Tesla Roadster or Mitsubishi i as well as check out cars like a 1947 Chrysler Windsor and a 1957 427 Chevrolet Project X.

Last year’s first-annual National Plug In Day, which took place in October, was held in 29 locations across the country, including one in Santa Monica, CA (pictured), that featured a parade of about 200 plug-in vehicles. We’ve got press releases on both the National Plug In Day events and the Los Angeles-area EV “ride and drive” festivities below.

By Danny King