SAN JOSE, C.A., July 27, 2011 – The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) and ECOtality have announced a partnership to promote development of the Bay Area electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem.
ECOtality will participate in the BACC EV Fleet Working Group, which will support fleet practitioners through best practice development and information sharing, and help catalyze the EV fleet market. ECOtality will also offer its expertise to refine and support outreach on the Ready, Set, Charge, California! EV-Ready Community Guidelines, whose development is facilitated by the BACC and sponsored by the Association of Bay Area Governments. Ready, Set, Charge, California! will provide guidance to local governments on a range of critical issues to ensure EV readiness including charging station infrastructure permitting, accessibility and signage requirements, and recommendations for efficient charging station locating.
ECOtality is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. Through innovation, acquisitions and strategic partnerships, ECOtality accelerates the market applicability of advanced electric technologies to replace carbon-based fuels. As the project manager for The EV Project, which will deploy approximately 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia, ECOtality is playing a critical role in the provision of EV charging infrastructure to serve the booming EV market.
BACC is a public-private initiative launched by Bay Area civic and business leaders to accelerate the Bay Area clean energy economy. BACC’s initiatives include catalyzing and facilitating the $5 million Local Government EV Fleet national demonstration project. Working with lead agency Alameda County and 10 other local governments, the project will deploy EVs in fleets, demonstrate the benefits of EVs in fleets including reduced operating costs, and catalyze adoption of EVs in fleets. ECOtality joins other major partners including Bank of America and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population.
Jason Smith, ECOtality Area Manager for the San Francisco region, said: “With over two decades of experience in electric transportation, ECOtality is committed to developing and commercially advancing clean energy solutions that are responsible and anticipate the needs of the market. Like ECOtality, the Bay Area Climate Collaborative recognizes the direct correlation between clean energy technologies and economic development. We are looking forward to working together to advance EV solutions that strengthen regional prosperity.”
Rafael Reyes, Executive Director, BACC said: “If just 10% of the region’s vehicles become plug-in electric vehicles, residents will save over $1 billion that would otherwise be sent abroad for gasoline. We are excited to partner with ECOtality which is playing a vital role in ensuring the Bay Area has a robust plug-in vehicle ecosystem so we can invest those dollars in our own local economy.”
About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative accelerating the clean energy economy. A project of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, major partners include Bank of America, Pacific Gas & Electric, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. The BACC is driving electric vehicle, energy efficiency and solar innovation. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org
ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. Through innovation, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships, ECOtality accelerates the market applicability of advanced electric technologies to replace carbon-based fuels. For more information about ECOtality, Inc., please visit www.ecotality.com
Claire Barton, Bay Area Climate Collaborative, 408-634-4554,
Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen, Antenna Group, 415-977-1922,