Group Helps Cities Prepare for Electric Cars
The electric car is a technology that’s been a long time coming, and it still faces an uncertain future. Much of the uncertainty arises from consumer concerns and infrastructure questions – where would I plug in my electric car?
Now some cities are going ahead and preparing for the transition to electric cars, rather than waiting for the vehicles to arrive first, thereby helping pave the road for consumer acceptance: cities such as Houston, Portland, Toronto and Indianapolis are partner cities in Project Get Ready. It’s a non-profit initiative led by Rocky Mountain Institute that seeks to: create a dynamic “menu” of strategic plug-in readiness actions, provide a web database of American and international plug-in readiness activities and convene cities as well as technical advisors regularly to discuss lessons learned and best practices.
The Project Get Ready Web site features many helpful links for owners and potential owners of electric cars: you can calculate the cost of owning an electric car, find out what electric cars are available and find a recharging station near you.
President Obama wants to see one million electric cars on the road by 2015. Seems like a substantial number, but it represents only 0.5 percent of all U.S. vehicles. Meanwhile, a study from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that if 73 percent of the country’s light-duty vehicles were electrified, our oil imports would fall by more than 50%.
– Suzanne Bopp