Gas 2.0 Launches "EV War" Website: ElectricCarRace.org

  • Published on July 9th, 2009 by
 

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SAN FRANCISCO – Yesterday, Gas 2.0 (gas2.org) launched ElectricCarRace.org, a site challenging cities across the nation to be first to develop city-wide electric vehicle infrastructure. A two-minute video featuring the Mayors of Portland and San Francisco kicked off the competition, along with posts written by Mayor NewsomPortland General Electric, and the CEO of Coulomb Technologies Richard Lowenthal.

On April 6th, 2009, Portland Mayor Sam Adams threw down the gauntlet by announcing that his city would be the first to develop the charging infrastructure to support full-scale electric vehicle deployment. At that time, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom had already unveiled EV charging stations in front of his own city hall. Both Mayors have now had a chance to square off on the topic in articles for the site as well as in the two minute video (see electriccarrace.org for both).

“I believe that the future is electric,” said Mayor Newsom, “and I hope to make San Francisco the epicenter of electric vehicle technology. We welcome Portland’s latest challenge, and hope that the EV competition will spread across the country, creating thousands of new jobs and helping to establish the United States as the leader in electric vehicle technology.”

“I’m here to say, bring it on – we are going to do everything we can to be the leader in electric vehicles, and this competition between San Francisco and Portland is to the benefit of all,” said Mayor Sam Adams of Portland

ElectricCarRace.org hopes to spur a broader discussion on electric vehicle infrastructure that involves citizens, industry leaders, and major politicians.

Several other electric vehicle and charging manufacturers have already contributed as well, including Frank Weber, Vehicle Line Execustive for the Chevrolet Volt. Invitations to participate have also been extended to Better Place, Tesla, Aptera, ECOtality, as well as Mayors across the Nation.

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About the Author

In a past life, Clayton was a professional blogger and editor of Gas 2.0, Important Media’s blog covering the future of sustainable transportation. He was also the Managing Editor for GO Media, the predecessor to Important Media.