Electric Car Networks Heading For the West Coast
Electric cars and the infrastructure needed to power them got a big push on several fronts last week with the announcements of new networks in two states.
The electric transportation company Better Place will enter the U.S. market and the San Francisco Bay Area in a partnership with the mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. The company will invest about $1 billion on an electric car infrastructure meant to make the Bay Area the "Electric Vehicle Capital of the U.S."
The Palo Alto-based company expects that electric cars will be available to the mass market by 2012. Beginning in December, the partners will begin the permitting process to install EV charging outlets in parking lots, homes, and buildings throughout the Bay Area, coordinate regulations and standards across the region, establish government programs and incentives to promote the purchase of EVs and installation of charging outlets, and link the network to local air and transit quality programs.
Better Place has already embarked on similar projects in Australia, Israel and Denmark, the last of which are part of partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which will supply the cars in those countries.