On Thursday June 9th CleanTECH San Diego’s Electric Vehicle Showcase will be the latest event focused on San Diego’s position at the front line of the largest transportation electrification project in history. What’s so special about San Diego?
San Diego has a culture of technology early adapters. San Diego has been one of the top markets for hybrid EVs like the Toyota Prius. California ranks first in Prii sales and second only to Vermont in Prii Per Capita. (Yes, the plural is Prii). Hybrid EV owners are predisposed to consider plug-in EVs.
San Diego is one of 16 cities selected under a DOE grant headed by ECOtality to implement the largest-ever rollout of electric vehicle infrastructure. Federal grants plus matching funds will total $230 million.
Because the ultimate utility of EVs is tied to the establishment of a charging infrastructure, Nissan, Chevy, Ford and others have focused on a limited number of metropolitan regions including San Diego.
San Diego is the #1 solar city in the #1 solar state. 40 percent of Leaf owners have solar panels according to the California Center for Sustainable Energy (Source North County Times).
San Diego’s terrain and climate is less taxing on EV batteries than much of the U.S.
Successful integration of EVs to the grid is a task of great complexity. For the past two years, San Diego Gas & Electric’s advancements in smart grid infrastructure has earned them recognition as the most intelligent utility in America by IDC Energy Insights and Intelligent Utility magazine.
General Electric has partnered with the City of San Diego, San Diego Gas & Electric, the University of California San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego in Smart City San Diego, a public-private collaboration that aims to improve the region’s energy independence, empower consumers to adopt electric vehicles, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive economic growth.
To boost use of electric vehicles, the General Services Administration is installing charging stations for government vehicles in San Diego and four other cities.
The University of California, San Diego has been at the center of several major initiatives which are contributing to the region’s growth as a clean energy center. The EVs which will be used by students, faculty and staff will form a living laboratory of human behavior and technology.
Qualcomm and ECOtality have entered into an agreement to implement cellular connectivity into charging stations. The solution will allow ECOtality to use a commercial cellular network to manage its Blink brand charging station operations, transfer usage data, download firmware updates and publish availability to electric vehicle drivers in real time.
CleanTECH San Diego is an important nexus for regional clean technologies of all types. You can click through to their website to learn about their crucial mission. While you are there you can register for the CleanTECH San Diego Electric Vehicle Showcase. Indy 500 legend and electric vehicle convert Danny Sullivan will be the keynote speaker. UC San Diego’s Byron Washom will lead a panel including the CEO of Flux Power, Chris Anthony and General Electric’s Michelle Lesh. Held on the LEED Silver certified Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier, the Showcase will include a variety of demonstrations of EV technologies and cars.
Show up on Thursday with a fistful of business cards to network harborside and kick the tires of the EVs that are in the poll position in the race for energy efficient transportation. Register here today.
CleanTECH San Diego’s Electric Vehicle Showcase
Date: Thursday June 9, 2011 4 PM to 7 PM
Port Pavillion on Broadway Pier
1000 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Click here to view Danny Sullivan’s classic moment in Indy 500 history.