Cities Throw Down the Gauntlet for Electric Car Charging

Evidently teamwork was just a little too blah for the mayors of San Francisco and Portland, Ore. While last month the governors of California, Oregon and Washington said they wanted to build a “B.C. to Baja green highway,” with alternative fuel and charging stations along the West Coast’s I-5 transit corridor, today San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Portland Mayor Sam Adams doubled down to compete for “EV supremacy,” as Newsom put it this morning in a guest post on Gas 2.0. (He’s an avid “blogger” writing for us about wave power not too long ago.) Close on their heels is Seattle, which just announced a new charging infrastructure development plan and possible new incentives for plug-in cars this week.

The cities are racing to develop charging infrastructure to support the large-scale rollout of electric vehicles. Adams said earlier this month at a press conference that while Newsom is “trying hard” to make the Bay Area the EV capital of the world, “that’s gonna be Portland.”

Maybe not. If Adams and Newsom are serious about this race (the rivalry appears wholly goodnatured, but they do want to win), they’d better watch out for Seattle, which has just joined the growing ranks of municipalities and utilities working with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to develop charging infrastructure and deploy a pilot run of Nissan’s electric cars next year. Game on.

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