Beginning in Fall 2010, California will become the leading state in terms of deployment and sale of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV’s). Many cities, counties and regions are working on their own to respond to this challenge, but what is needed is a coordinated statewide effort to allow for information sharing and a rapid adoption of “best practices” relative to the installation and use of PEV infrastructure and charging equipment.
In response to this challenge, CALSTART will begin the process of developing a statewide California Plug-in Vehicle Infrastructure Coordinating Initiative (CPVICI) as a means to facilitate, support and coordinate the rapid introduction of these vehicles across the state. The goal of the CPVICI will be to serve as an effective information clearinghouse and forum for local governments, utilities (municipal and investor-owned), and equipment services providers to share information and work through the issues. The key function of the CPVICI will be to accelerate the pace of learning on a statewide basis, and to help leaders in different parts of the state learn from and share with each other, particularly between the northern and southern regions of the state.