Get Ready Central Florida (GRCF) is a coalition of state and local governments, utility providers, businesses, and electric vehicle enthusiasts committed to preparing Central Florida for the early release of highway-ready, plug-in electric vehicles. Through research, education, and implementation, GRCF will prepare Central Florida for electric vehicle transportation and the charging infrastructure to sustain it.
GRCF is also networking with other “Get Ready” cities nationwide through the Rocky Mountain Institute. By sharing ideas
- Steering: To provide oversight and guidance; representation includes core team members, subject matter experts, government officials, and other relevant organizations. The Get Ready Central Florida (GRCF) founding members of the Steering Committee are: Progress Energy, City of Orlando, Orlando Utilities Commission, Orange County Government, the Space Coast Clean Cities Coalition, and Metroplan Orlando (Metropolitan Planning Organization).
- Marketing and Education: To develop relationships with Central Florida media interested in following the progression of GRCF, and submit articles and media releases tracking electric vehicle and infrastructure successes. To develop an informative and user-friendly Web site with information about the new electric vehicles and charging stations. Promote electric vehicle awareness through public outreach. To generate interest among fleet managers, businesses, and rental car companies to purchase electric vehicles and promote organizations that have purchased vehicles and installed vehicle-charging stations.
- Infrastructure: To promote development of viable charging infrastructure in Central Florida through activities such as refining local codes and hosting workshops for electricians and building inspectors to expedite the permitting process. To provide electric vehicle infrastructure information to government and commercial fleets.
- Vehicle Planning: To build a viable market and purchasing channels and facilitate product life-cycle and disposal planning. Representation includes fleet owners, leasing companies/lenders, dealerships, manufacturers, and vehicle owners. This group will also focus on appropriate vehicle standards and vehicle-to-grid communication protocols.
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