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San Francisco Set to Lead the Electric Vehicle Revolution
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On February 18, 2010 @ 7:00 pm In automotive,Green Transportation,San Francisco | 1 Comment
Want to jump start the electric vehicle  revolution? Then make it illegal to ignore. That’s what San Francisco  is doing with a revised building code that will require all new structures to have wiring for EV chargers . The new code is just one of a handful of reasons why the city is set to lead the EV pack, according to a recent article in the New York Times .
Another thing the Bay Area has on its side: it can lay claim to Silicon Valley-based EV-related companies like Coulomb Technologies , Better Place , and Tesla Motors . The increased visibility of green cars has already led to a boom in hybrid car sales — in Berkeley, one in every 5 cars sold in a Prius. Rest assured the area will also be quick to latch on to the plug-in hybrid Prius when it is released.
When the EV onslaught begins, local utilities will have to be prepared for the rise in electricity usage. PG&E’s pilot smart charging  project, scheduled to begin later this year, should help with the process by connecting 200 EVs to charging stations where the utility can control electrical demand.
A fully-functional smart grid  will be key to making sure that power outages don’t occur as a result of the entire Bay Area trying to plug in their EVs at the same time after work. But that’s one of the disadvantages of being an earlier adopter — San Francisco  will have to work out the kinks of EV charging. Still, someone has to do it, and the tech-savvy Bay Area might just be the best place.
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