Electric Vehicles Targeted By San Diego

Movers and shakers from government, academia and industry in San Diego have joined together to ease and speed the transition to using renewable energy. And a key part of the new Smart City San Diego effort, the groups involved said, will be to boost electric vehicle use in the city.

“With the San Diego region currently preparing for one of the largest initial deployments of electric vehicles in the country, the first priority for Smart City San Diego is to expand current projects to implement a comprehensive electric vehicle infrastructure,” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said. “This is the first of many initiatives that our partners throughout the region will undertake to make San Diego the foremost resource-conscious community in the United States.”

electric vehicle charging station

image via GM

The City of San Diego, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), GE, UC San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego are in on the collaboration. They ticked off a five-point program to get EVs on local streets and freeways, beginning with a joint program involving UC San Diego, SDG&E and GE to study how people charge, and then to integrate smart technologies into day-to-day charging.

Another interesting project those same three partners are planning is aimed at true zero tailpipe emissions solutions – meaning, using solar and renewable fuel cell technology to charge vehicles.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.