At the end of the six-month study, ECOtality presented three regional maps comprising the best locations for the chargers to be installed. The maps have been drafted keeping in mind the vehicle market data, land-use data, transportation system information and other regional characteristics.
“With the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and other electric vehicles soon to common on our streets and highways, including 2,000 miles of roads the county maintains, it is important to plan for a regional fueling infrastructure,” City Supervisor Ron Roberts said in a statement.
“ECOtality’s work to deploy these publicly-available electric vehicle chargers will support a transition to cleaner fuels and help improve our air quality.”
ECOtality's EV Project, a rival to Coulomb's ChargePoint America, includes the city of San Diego together with 16 other major metropolitan areas. The over $100 million project will see over 15,000 home and commercial charging stations being installed within the next three years. 1,500 of them are to be located in the San Diego County.
"As we prepare for one million plug-in cars by 2020, California continues in the development and deployment of plug-in electric vehicles," James Boyd, Vice Chair of the California Energy Commission added.
"The creation of a smart charging infrastructure, such as that in San Diego, is important in helping to bring more electric vehicles to market and demonstrating the future of clean, energy efficient transportation."