Uncommon Alliance to Accelerate Plug-in Cars in California

By dancurranjr On December 16th, 2010

With plug-in cars arriving in showrooms this month, a new plan outlines steps to be ready for up to 1 million plug-in hybrid and battery-powered cars by 2020.

The report was unveiled at Universal Studios Hollywood where Back to the Future’s electric car was first introduced 25 years ago.

“It’s a bright, clean new world when automakers, electric utilities, infrastructure providers, regulators, public health organizations and others join hands to support a new transportation plan for California,” said Diane Wittenberg, Executive Director and Chairman of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative. “We’re determined to pave the way for healthier, cleaner and cheaper transportation options for the 21st century.”

The new plan, “Taking Charge: Establishing California Leadership in the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Marketplace,” was developed by an uncommon alliance and offers 30 suggested actions to build a successful electrified transportation system in California.

Key recommendations from the plan include:

* Simplify the process to get home charging stations installed quickly
* Develop solutions to enable charging at apartments and condos
* Structure electricity prices to encourage off-peak charging
* Increase consumer demand through education and awareness programs
* Develop new service industries to make charging a car easier than fueling at a gas station
* Encourage tech-based solutions (e.g. smart phone apps) to help drivers find existing public charging stations
* Ensure local governments help establish the strategic placement of a public charging network

“We aim to address all the questions. It must be simple, simple, simple for consumers to choose plug-in electric vehicles,” added Wittenberg.

This plan will serve as a roadmap for developing a specific course of action. The Collaborative will support ongoing work and start up new efforts to address the 10 major recommendations in the report.

SOURCE: PR Newswire

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