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RMI Surveys State of EV-Ready Cities in America

Project Get Ready reports on electric car readiness of eight North American cities.

Published: 26-Mar-2010

The success of electric vehicles depends on a number of variables, including a robust charging infrastructure, consumer education and government support. The Rocky Mountain Institute's Project Get Ready is preparing cities throughout North America by convening regional stakeholders to make their cities EV-friendly.

PGR partner cities start with "the menu," a list of 15 mandatory and 10 optional actions a city can take to become EV-ready, such as committing to procuring a certain number of vehicles, installing smart grid meters and ensuring a quick permit turnaround time for charging station installation.

Averaging a city's progress in the mandatory actions gives an overall estimation of EV readiness. More importantly, the ratings help RMI understand where a city could use help. For example, if Houston is a "4" and Rhode Island is a "1" in the same category, then PGR can connect the two cities to help bring Rhode Island up to speed.

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