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California To Become The Electric Vehicle Capital of the US

Posted By Jorge Chapa On November 25, 2008 @ 11:00 am In Green Transportation,Innovation,News,Policy,San Francisco | 14 Comments

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Recently the cities of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland unveiled a massive concerted effort to become the electric vehicle [2] capitol of the United States! This groundbreaking development heralds a nine-step plan that includes everything from buying fully electric vehicles [3] for all government transportation to expediting the approval of charging outlets throughout the bay area, including those located on the street [4]. The creation of this essential infrastructure marks a huge step towards the acceptance of electric vehicles [5] as a viable alternative to those that run on fossil fuel.

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The plan to create the infrastructure required for a fully functioning electric vehicle society was announced just last week by each of the three cities’ mayors. The policies will provide incentives to employers to install EV chargers in their buildings, expedite battery changing facilities, install electrical outlets in all government buildings, promote the purchase of EVs, and improve local regulations and standards. The total cost of the program is expected to amount to around one billion dollars, and California’s government will be teaming up with the electric transportation company Better Place [6] to install the required infrastructure.

Will these features be enough to inspire a massive trend towards electric vehicles? It is hard to tell, but it is difficult not to get excited about the prospect of finally seeing large cities embrace the changes required for a greener future.

+ Better Place [6]

Via SF Gov [7]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/25/california-unveils-electric-vehicle-infrastructure-plan/

[2] electric vehicle: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/29/no-more-gas-myers-motors-at-well-tech-in-milan/

[3] electric vehicles: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/04/super-cute-electric-zero-emissions-think-car/

[4] including those located on the street: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/nov/20/energy-renewableenergy

[5] electric vehicles: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/21/the-electric-mini-revealed/

[6] Better Place: http://www.betterplace.com/

[7] SF Gov: http://www.sfgov.org/site/mayor_index.asp?id=93399

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