Rhode Island Gets Ready for Electric Vehicles

More than a dozen companies, individuals, and organizations have now pledged to support installation of charging stations across Rhode Island by end of 2011.

Published: 31-Jan-2011

Electric cars quietly zipping among the streets of Providence has become closer to a reality, according to Project Get Ready Rhode Island.

The national not-for-profit initiative helping cities prepare for and welcome plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), has announced pledges from more than a dozen companies, individuals and institutions to install charging stations in anticipation of the arrival of PEVs in Rhode Island by the end of this year.

“I believe that proper stewardship of our environmental resources can go hand-in-hand with economic development – and Project Get Ready is an example of that,” Governor Chafee said at a recent press conference. “Electric cars are going to be an increasingly significant part of our lives in the coming years – and by partnering with Project Get Ready and becoming an early plug-in leader, we are putting our state in an advantageous position for adopting and embracing cleaner, more efficient automotive technology that benefits both our environment and our economy.”


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