Electric Cars Lead Cities To Amp Up Page 2

April 15, 2011

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Honolulu, Hawaii – In the Aloha state of Hawaii, Honolulu has mandated that all parking areas with more than 100 parking spaces must designate at least one percent as EV parking by the end of 2011.

Los Angeles, California – The City of Angels will have designated parking spaces where EVs can park after owners of the cars pay a $17 application fee.

Atlanta, Georgia – Georgia Power is offering a “super off-peak rate” of 1.25 cents per kilowatt-hour from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., reports TheNewYorkTimes.

Denver, Colorado – Efforts by Denver, Boulder, and the Colorado Plug-In Working Group were highlighted by Ford as it named Denver one of the 25 most electric vehicle-ready cities, reports the DenverPost. The working group is comprised of local, state, and regional entities formed to pursue the implementation of advanced plug-in electric vehicles. Besides Denver and Boulder, current working group members include Xcel Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Rocky Mountain Institute, Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition and the State of Colorado Governor’s Energy Office.

The city of Denver has also developed a plan allowing quick turnaround time for private individuals or businesses to obtain permits for the installation of charging stations. A “permit for a level 2 home charging unit should be easily attainable through a simple 15-30 minute walkthrough review,” says the publication.

Denver is also participating in a U.S.-China “Eco Partnership” sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Members in the partnership include Denver, Ford Motor Company, the city of Chonquing, and Chang’an Motors.

Boston, New York City, Philadelphia – The trio of cities are looking into opportunities to promote travel between them by electric vehicles.

TheBaltimoreSun reports that the Maryland Energy Association is working with the city of Baltimore and Baltimore Electric Vehicle Initiative to install 65 public recharging stations across the Baltimore-Washington area this spring. The first of these is already in operation at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville. SemaConnect of Annapolis, which hopes to have 50 charging stations available soon, has already placed a few in parking lots and garages in the area.

Coulomb Technologies recently announced that it will be placing charging stations in Baltimore as part of the $37 million expansion of its ChargePoint America program. And the Baltimore General Assembly has approved a bill (HB163) to provide a credit of up to 20 percent to cover the cost of EV charging equipment.

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