Joining in January of 2010, Rhode Island was the first Northeast state with membership in Project Get Ready. Since then Rhode Island Get Ready has engaged institutions, companies, and municipalities to commit to accelerating electric vehicle readiness and adoption. In partnership with Wendy Lucht, Ocean State Clean Cities Coordinator, Project Get Ready Rhode Island champion, Al Dahlbert, joined a coalition of ten other states to collaborate on the development of a Northeast EV readiness.
Northeast states form electric vehicle network
The Electric Vehicle Readiness Grant from DOE will fund the development of guidelines for the siting, permitting, and installation of EV charging stations, which is a critical next step in the development of the Network. Participants in the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network are Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The group will also work together to attract additional public and private investment in infrastructure for clean vehicles. Next steps for the initiative include outreach to interested parties in the public and private sectors; collaboration with the private sector, utilities and local governments on a blueprint for EV deployment; and definition of a set of consistent infrastructure standards. The grant is being administered by New York state and supported by the Transportation Climate Initiative at Georgetown University. For more information, see http://www.georgetownclimate.org/northeast-states-form-regional-electric-vehicle-network
Charging Stations in Rhode Island:
Anchor Nissan built the second charging station in the state of Rhode Island at their dealership on Route 146 in North Smithfield. Balise Chevrolet followed closely thereafter at 1400 Post Road in Warwick. More are in the works, not including private residential charging stations.
Navy Energy Awareness Event:
On October 27, the Newport Naval Base hosted an Energy Awareness Event at which Wendy Lucht and I presented. We had several plug in electric vehicles there including a Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. The Newport Naval Base hosts the largest fleet of plug in vehicles in the state. The US Navy has an ambitious and visionary set of energy goals available at: http://www.navy.mil/features/Navy_EnergySecurity.pdf