Yet, global carbon emissions are still climbing and people continue to line up at the gas pumps to fill up their ineffecient cars and SUVs. Experts agree that one major barrier to widespread adoption of electric cars is infrastructure, and that in order for the EV industry to become mainstream, there need to be plenty of convenient and affordable options for charging.
Project Get Ready, a joint initiative of the Rocky Mountain Institute and a wide array of partners and technical advisers, helps cities across the continent make the shift away from fossil fuels in the transportation sector by implementing a network of plug-in charging stations.
The organization teaches cities how to create an ecosystem that is welcoming for both electric vehicles and charging stations. To do this, Project Get Ready helps EV advocates identify incentives that will convince individuals, policy makers, and businesses to create this infrastructure now, rather than later. These range from financial incentives, to “luxuries”, advertising, job training, education, service, and more.
Here are three ways Project Get Ready can help your city become a plug-in pioneer:
- Get Ready: form a coalition of leaders in your community, including (but not limited to) utilities, municipal government, citizen activists, auto dealers, transportation authorities, local employers. Select a “champion” for your coalition.
- Get Set: Create a charter, or five year plan, for your city readiness with clear goals and milestones. Get coalition members to sign on and commit necessary time and funds to make it happen. Project Get Ready’s menu can provide a foundation for this charter, which you can amend to fit your own community.
- Go!: Start executing your charter.
These are great goals, but do they really work? Watch the video below to hear more about Project Get Ready’s success in the state of Rhode Island.
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