Yesterday was National Plug in Day -- as in plug in your electric vehicle -- and there was quite a celebration in Sarasota. It started with a parade in downtown which included approximately 50 electric vehicles ranging from the rather pedestrian Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf to the high-end sporty Fisker Karma. Even some electric motorcycles were there. They paraded over the Ringling Bridge to St. Armands Circle where an all-day expo was held to educate folks about EVs. Most owners drive their EVs 10 miles or so and then plug in. And, in Sarasota there are nine EV charging stations in public parking areas where you can plug in for free. I understand you can get some great deals right now on the government subsidized Volt. The Telsa Roadster (that's the pretty blue car on the right) goes for a cool $120,000. To learn more about EVs, check out the Electric Auto Association. By the way, is anyone else having difficulties with the new Blogger format? I scheduled this post for midnight and it didn't publish at the designated time. Clarification: Depending on the EV, mileage can range from 30-200 miles on a full charge. Most EV owners, though, tend to use them just for driving short distances around town.