In March 2010, the City of Atlanta and Clean Cities-Atlanta formed the Metro Atlanta Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Task Force in response to solicitations by leading automotive manufacturers seeking markets for the new generation of electric passenger vehicles set to be launched to the commercial fleet and retail consumer markets in 2011. The Task Force consists of local and state government entities, commercial EV interests, local utility companies, and the Clean Cities Atlanta coalition, representing local fleet interests. The group executed an MOU with Nissan Motor Corp. through Clean Cities-Atlanta that committed the City of Atlanta to prepare for the arrival of electric vehicles.
In coordination with Clean Cities-Atlanta, the City of Atlanta then began to identify and remove barriers to adoption that potential electric vehicle owners would face. The areas of concern were consolidated into a survey which was distributed to leading cities with experience in deploying electric vehicles to gather information on best practices and lessons learned. Atlanta’s Division of Sustainability appointed an Electric Vehicle Deployment Specialist to administer the survey and consolidate the best practices.
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