There are many reasons to want to live in California, including California girls, warm weather, legalized gay marriage (at least for now!) ... and great deals on electric cars.
I predict that as much as half the U.S. electric car market could be in California, and the Bay area will be the epicenter for a host of reasons. First, it’s the greenest place on Earth, practically paved with Priuses, but also because:
Nearly all electric vehicles, many of which are to be sold initially in very targeted markets, will be offered in the state. The Coda sedan will be sold nowhere else.
The EV Project and ChargePoint America programs, both financially supported by the Department of Energy, will put many thousands of free electric vehicle chargers on state roads, creating an infrastructure unlikely to be duplicated anywhere else. The two programs have separate target regions, but California is in the sights of both.
- 3,000 home chargers for home garages and apartment buildings;
- 2,000 public chargers at work places and “high-density parking areas”;
- 50 fast chargers (480 volts) next to major highways.
According to Aaron Richardson, a spokesman for the district, “We’re definitely hoping that these grants will help develop the necessary infrastructure for a fleet of electric vehicles.” He said that about 50 percent of the Bay area’s smog comes from car and truck exhaust, and about 40 percent of its greenhouse gases. Still its air is much better than the legendarily smoggy skies of Los Angeles (which themselves are better than they used to be).
San Francisco “is always ahead of the curve in terms of air pollution regulation,” said Richardson. “So this will follow suit in being ahead of other regions.”