From Green Right Now Reports
Nissan North America and the City of San Francisco will develop an electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the nine-county Bay Area region. The cities of Oakland and San Jose, county governments in the Bay Area and other public and private stakeholders also are part of the Bay Area EV Corridor program.
As part of the collaboration, Nissan said it has committed to making the Nissan LEAF zero-emission, all-electric vehicle commercially available in the Bay Area when it debuts in December 2010. Nissan will work with San Francisco and the region to promote and develop a vehicle-charging infrastructure, including home charging, as well as streamlining the process for installing charging equipment. The Nissan LEAF will be the pilot vehicle used to roll out the streamlined process.
“We are making every effort to have the infrastructure ready when the Nissan LEAF arrives and we are extremely pleased to have Nissan as a collaborative partner in making that happen,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “This collaboration stems from Nissan’s recognition of the aggressive work we are doing to make the San Francisco Bay Area the nation’s EV capital.”
In November 2008, Newsom, San Jose Mayor Chuck Read and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums pledged to make the Bay Area the “EV Capital of the U.S.” Stemming from that pledge, the Bay Area EV Corridor program was formed as the organizational structure through which municipal governments in the nine-county region and private stakeholders coordinate efforts to make the region EV-ready. Nissan is a participant in the project.
The announcement was made today at San Francisco City Hall, where the Nissan LEAF made a stop on its nationwide tour. The Nissan LEAF Zero Emission Tour is making stops in 22 cities, in 11 states across the United States, the District of Columbia, and Vancouver in Canada, offering the opportunity for interested drivers, civic partners, businesses and university students to learn more about the Nissan LEAF and the benefits of zero-emission driving.
Nissan also has formed partnerships to develop electric-vehicle infrastructure in the State of Tennessee; the State of Oregon; Sonoma County and San Diego, Calif.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Washington D.C.; Seattle; Raleigh, N.C., Houston and Vancouver.