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USA: Fremont mulls electric vehicle readiness

Although Fremont City Council rejected the proposed Climate Action Plan last week, the body will still consider new energy guidelines when they come before them later this year.

During the council’s April 3 meeting, Councilwoman Sue Chan asked her colleagues to consider establishing city-specific guidelines for electric vehicles.

“The automobile industry is changing dramatically, and you know we’re going to be having the first production of Tesla’s new car in July,” she said. “And so electric vehicles have really been in the news, and part of our goals in the general plan is to create these energy stations.”

Tesla Motors moved into the former New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant in 2010, and is slated to start rolling out its new Tesla S electric vehicle this year.

The Tesla S is estimated to drive 160 miles when fully charged.

Chan suggested basing the city’s guidelines on those laid out in a collaborative effort created by the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, EV Communities Alliance and the Bay Air Quality Management District.

The collaborative, entitled “Ready, Set, Charge, California! A Guide to EV Ready Communities,” is an 84-page document that provides the state’s local agencies with guidance on how to advance community electric vehicle readiness.

Chan listed three guidelines in the document Fremont could use to begin:


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