New coalition to design model for electric vehicle deployment in U.S.


Lisle, IL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 10, 2012 – A new coalition of key stakeholders throughout the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain has been established in the U.S. to design a large scale demonstration project that will help create a comprehensive national model for EV deployment.

Members of the Electrification Leadership Council (ELC) have the expertise and resources required to engage federal, state, regional and local agencies and coalitions, utility companies, vehicle manufacturers and financial institutions to help overcome the barriers to broad scale EV deployment.

Members include FedEx Express, Hertz, Navistar, Azure Dynamics, A123 Systems, CODA Automotive, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, ECOtality, Automatiks, GE Capital, large delivery service companies and vehicle manufacturers among other members, along with representatives from national, state and local agencies.

“Our Council recognizes that no one entity can create a comprehensive solution for the broad scale deployment of EVs,” commented Mark Aubry, vice president of Navistar’s eStar® electric vehicle brand. “That’s why we have come together to create a public and private model that will help us understand what will be required to operate thousands of EVs within a community.”

The ELC’s initial task is to design its demonstration project which will focus on a large scale deployment of EVs within densely populated local markets where all of the components of an EV ecosystem can be brought together to better understand the interoperability between EVs and the electric grid across a variety of vehicle classes and applications. The EV ecosystem components include everything from EV deployment, charging stations, the electrical grid, energy storage devices and battery second-life applications, to communication systems and support networks.

The ELC will engage with communities that have already developed collaborative efforts to foster EV readiness related to infrastructure planning, regulatory alignment, and public awareness.

The ELC is also evaluating a number of local markets for the demonstration projects and will announce sites once plans are in place.