SF Mayor Gavin Newsom Ups the Ante in Electric Vehicle Race with Portland

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photo: Gavin Newsom via flickr.

San Francisco and Portland, Oregon are trying to one-up each other in the race to develop the first citywide, full-scale electric vehicle infrastructure. In a guest post for Gas 2.0 Mayor Gavin Newsom has turned up the collegial war of words, outlining what San Francisco has done since announcing it wanted to be the electric vehicle capital of the US, back in November:Stressing that the real goal is the bring electric vehicles into the mainstream of American life, Mayor Newsom wrote,

Since our EV announcement in November we have been working tirelessly on our regional collaborative. Our approach has three different aspects:

1. Government: This effort is comprised of city and county staff from throughout the region (fleet managers, transportation policy directors, etc). This group is sharing information on the current permitting requirements in each jurisdiction, as well as current EV incentives, with an eye toward standardized permitting and incentives for EVs by early 2010. This group, under San Francisco’s leadership, is submitting a regional proposal to the federal government for stimulus funding to implement EV infrastructure throughout the region. We are hopeful that this funding will allows us to break ground on thousands of new EV charging stations throughout the Bay Area.

2. Businesses: Led by the Bay Area Council and Silicon Valley Leadership Group, this group is focused on sharing best practices from companies like Google and making the case to large regional employers to embrace EVs in company fleets and EV chargers for employees.

3. Advocacy: Led by Richard Schorske of the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership this working group will lead an effort this spring to invest over $100M in available state funds annually for alternative vehicles in electric vehicles and not only biofuels.

via: Gas 2.0
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