04 May 2012

North County Times: Surge of Electric Cars Predicted

2011 Nissan Leaf
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By Mary Vincent - Follow on Twitter @MaryVincent

The North County Times reports that transportation officials predict a surge in electric cars within five years.

The Encinitas Mayor drives an all-electric Nissan Leaf and says: "Right now, basically if you drive an electric car, you pretty much have to rely on your own ability to charge (at home)," said Encinitas Mayor Jerome Stocks. "Within five years, there'll be a significant influx of electric vehicles and hybrid plug-in vehicles."

I've recently mentioned California Governor Jerry Brown's $120 Million Settlement announcement to fund charging stations throughout California in this March 23, 2012 Clean Tech and Green Business News Article, and my review on the all-electric Nissan Leaf is here.

The North County Times article states San Diego County charging spots mostly free to use include:
"the Oceanside Transit Center; Stone Brewing in Escondido; Walgreens stores in Escondido, Poway and Vista; the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, east of Escondido; SeaWorld at Mission Bay; and outside the San Diego Space & Air Museum in Balboa Park.
Free charges are also available at Mossy Nissan dealerships in San Diego County, including Escondido, Kearny Mesa, Chula Vista, Poway and Oceanside, said Scott Kiefner, general manager at Mossy's Escondido store. He said the charges are available to Nissan Leaf drivers and drivers of other electric cars."

The San Diego Association of Governments, the region's transportation planning agency, said efforts by government and private industry are aiming toward a large-scale expansion of charging stations within the next few years, and locations will include public streets, apartment complexes and neighborhoods with homeowners associations.

Is your State, County and/or City looking into similar plans? Let us know at Clean Tech and Green Business News and we may write about your plans. Thanks!