San Diego Takes Center Stage as Ecotality Works Ahead of Electric Vehicle Rollouts

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on its EV Project website, “The ultimate goal of The EV Project is to take the lessons learned from the deployment of these first 8,300 EVs, and the charging infrastructure supporting them, to enable the streamlined deployment of the next 5,000,000 EVs.”

And the grand experiment is beginning in San Diego.

Blink Commercial Charger - outsideEcotality says it expects to begin installing the first charging stations this fall, and Nissan says it anticipates delivering its first Leaf EVs by December, with the hybrid Chevy Volt arriving at roughly the same time. Ecotality says it will eventually install about 1,500 charging stations in commercial and public places, with another 1,000 subsidized installations to be done at the homes of qualifying EV motorists. Nissan said last month it plans to deliver 1,000 Leafs to San Diego under the EV program.

Chevrolet said earlier this week that demand for the Volt is strong enough that the company increased its 2012 production capacity by 50 percent, from 30,000 vehicles to 45,000.

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Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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