I’m writing in response to Michael Sabo’s April 8th letter, “Where are the Promised Electric Vehicle Chargers?”
As Mr. Sabo writes, the EV Project is a large electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure study partly funded by a public grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and partly by private investment. In San Diego, the project kicked off in early 2010. ECOtality and our local partners, such as SDG&E, SANDAG, UCSD, SDSU, the county of San Diego, and the cities of San Diego, La Mesa, Santee, Oceanside and Chula Vista, spent 2010 readying the San Diego region for EVs and EV charge infrastructure.
Most importantly, a blueprint for the deployment of public EV chargers was developed to place EV chargers at locations most likely to be used now and in the future, so as to maximize the value of the U.S. Department of Energy grant and private investment. The blueprint takes into account regional traffic flows, regional and employment destinations, appropriateness of land uses to host EV chargers and other factors.
By spending time and effort on developing this blueprint, ECOtality and our partners aimed to minimize the number of unused or under-used EV chargers that are deployed as part of the EV Project. The blueprint was largely completed before the release of any Leafs or Volts to consumers in the San Diego region.