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Bay Area Steps Up ‘PEV’ Readiness

July 11, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Extensive Planning to Make Sure $6 Million Is Well Spent

The San Francisco-based Bay Area Air Quality Management District has initiated an aggressive outreach program to make sure some $6 million allocated for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) infrastructure development through June 2013 is well spent.

Electric vehicles charging across from City Hill in San Francisco. The region’s Bay Area Air Quality Management District would like to pick up the pace over the next 12 months.

BAAQMD has teamed with the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the San Francisco, East Bay and Silicon Valley Clean Cities Coalitions, and other organizations as part of “a comprehensive planning process to learn what types of new policies and funding may be needed to ensure the successful progression from early adopters of PEV, to large-scale PEV adoption.

“This planning process will involve extensive public outreach,” the agency says, with surveys of city and county officials and area employers.

Workshops are planned too, both locally and at national events, including a Calstart-Google Workplace Charging: Filling a Critical Infrastructure Gap workshop at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. on July 31.

Where should charging stations be located?, Who will pay for them? and What kinds of permits will be needed? Are among the questions to be answered.

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