Nissan LEAFs Uptown Station Parking Deck National Plug In Day Normal Illinois

On my way to the National Plug In Day event in Normal Illinois – I stopped by the Uptown Station Parking Deck. I figured I might find a few electric cars charging. What I was really wanting to find is a Tesla Model S using one of the Superchargers. I had to wait until the end of my day for that on the way back to the Marriott Hotel.

What I did find is two Nissan LEAFs and a white Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Originally it was just one LEAF and the i-MiEV. As I was getting ready to record the LEAF on the left pulled in. When the young couple got out I thought they might acknowledge me – since they saw the video camera. Instead they both got out and hooked the LEAF up to the Eaton Level 2 Charging Station.

I had wanted to record this process – but since they hadn’t said anything I wasn’t sure how cool they would be with me recording them plugging in. I’ve had good and bad experiences when including people in my recordings. As they headed out the parking garage they walked right past me without saying a word.

Later on I saw the same couple at the National Plug In Day event. They were much friendlier with the other EV owners. Talking about their experiences of owning an electric car. At no point did they ever acknowledge me. You’d figure a simple – hey aren’t you the guy we saw in the garage – asking about my interest in the vehicles – nope nothing.

Maybe they didn’t feel I was in their social group – since I’m not an owner. Guess EV hunters / geeks aren’t cool enough for them to chat with.

Frustrating really – because if I had record them plugging their Nissan LEAF in – people would be able to see how easy it is to do and how little hassle it is.

One positive is that I got to add to my Illinois electric car license plate collection. Their LEAF is 332 EL.

So far I have recorded Illinois electric car license plates 226 EL, 228 EL, 229 EL, 236 EL, 382 EL, 518 EL, 531 EL, 585 EL , 668 EL, 1216 EL and now 332 EL.

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