Pushing For 1 Million EVs By 2015

Not long ago, the Big Apple celebrated the kick-off of Climate Week NYC, and at the opening ceremony, a new alliance was announced. Composed of global business leaders, various governments (including that of New York State), and led by the international non-governmental organization The Climate Group EV20, as it’s being called, has joined forces to reach the ambitious goal of putting one million additional electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2015 (on top of EVs that automakers are already planning to bring to market).

Businesses joining the EV20 alliance include global fleet owner TNT, auto manufacturers PSA Peugeot Citroën and Smith Electric Vehicles, battery manufacturer Johnson Controls, Better Place and Deutsche Bank. State governments from Spain, Canada, Australia and the US  also joined the group, which is chaired by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Nissan Leaf 20k

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Towards their big electric vehicle goal, EV20 members will work together over the next three years to pursue targets that they believe will “change the game on the EV market” by brokering with international fleet procurement alliances, developing national, state and municipal policy frameworks, and financing electric vehicle purchases.

“EV20 aims to connect the leaders in the field, speed up the learning process and pool resources. We’re delighted that these influential organizations have joined us in this effort.  Electric vehicles are cleaner and more efficient, even based on today’s energy sources,” said Jim Walker, Co-Founder and Director of The Climate Group, in a statement. “Governments, banks and businesses around the world are grappling with the same challenge: how to harness the potential of plug-in vehicles for their citizens, workers and investors.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.