Thursday, September 13, 2012

San Francisco’s first ever EV Week Next Week

Published September 13, 2012

By Philippe Crowe

San Francisco’s first ever EV Week will open at Justin Herman Plaza, Sept. 17-18.

The event will feature all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles from major car manufacturers and car sharing companies, EV charging solutions, including clean energy EV charging, and the opportunity to ride and drive select electric vehicles. EV Week is an initiative of Charge Across Town™, an electric vehicle (EV) education campaign aimed at making San Francisco the leading U.S. city in EV adoption and infrastructure.

EV Week consists of a 2-day Expo featuring new and recently released electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Toyota will be showing the RAV4 EV, which combines a Tesla designed and produced battery and electric powertrain with Toyota’s most popular SUV model; in addition Toyota will be showing the Prius Plug-In. Both the RAV4 EV and Prius Plug-In will be available for test-drives.

Nissan will have many all-electric Leaf’s on display and in the ride and drives.

DriveNow, the new premium car sharing service from BMW, will have the ActiveE available to drive.

Honda and Zipcar have teamed up to showcase the Honda Fit EV.

Other car manufacturers and vehicles participating include Serramonte Ford with the Ford Focus Electric, Coda Automotive, Marin Luxury Cars will show a Fisker Karma, and Tesla will bring the Model S. Car Sharing companies, City Car Share, and Get Around will show electric cars from their fleet and peer-to-peer business.

On EV charging and infrastructure, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will exhibit its all electric pickup truck for emergency response, and focus on smart grid solutions for EVs. SunPower Corporation, who has solar partnerships with car companies and others, will demonstrate how a solar array can work to power EV charging stations. Schneider-Electric will be demonstrating their EV Link family of charging solutions.

“We are excited to bring this FREE and FUN event to Justin Herman Plaza to demonstrate what the future of clean, green transportation looks like,” said Maureen Blanc, Director, Charge Across Town. “Our goal is to engage with the San Francisco business community, to get employers and employees behind the wheel of these cars, and see how practical, reliable and cool these vehicles really are.”

According to Blanc, with 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions coming from vehicles in the bay area it makes sense to drive hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all electric vehicles. In addition, the electricity to charge these vehicles is generated from a relatively clean mix of energy sources, including hydroelectric, and a growing portion of renewable energies including solar and wind.


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