BY JOHN R. PLATT
- The all-electric Nissan Leaf, due to leave showrooms in December, already has 16,000 advance orders. The plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt is not far behind.
- The Senate passed the Promoting Electric Vehicle Act of 2010 on 22 July. If passed by Congress and signed into law, the Act would create targeted incentive programs for electric vehicles and charging stations with a goal to electrify half of America's cars and trucks by the year 2030.
- The EV Project has started a big deployment of EV charging stations in six U.S. states and the District of Columbia. With a budget of $230 million, much of it in the form of government subsidies, the Project aims to install a total of 15,000 charging stations.
- The state of Maryland has invested $1 million to install EV charging stations in Baltimore and other parts of the state. The total combines state money and federal stimulus money, and some of the money will go toward electrifying truck stops so truckers can stop running their engines all night to power their heaters and TVs.
- Other companies involved in installing charging stations include Coulomb Technologies and ChargePoint America. Several cities around the country have their own programs going. Many of these projects are at least partially funded by government grants.
- Even parking garages are getting into the act. LAZ Parking announced it would install ChargePoint Level II electric charging stations at its sites throughout New York and New Jersey.
- Meanwhile, you won't need to buy an EV in order to drive one. Enterprise-Rent-A-Car would like you to rent one from any of their 5,000 locations starting next year.