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Local Governments Get Ready for an Electric Vehicle Future With EV 101 Workshop in Riverside

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Feb. 23, 2011

To help local governments and other organizations plan for electric vehicles and charging stations, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), the Western Riverside Council of Governments, the San Bernardino Associated Governments and the Clean Cities Coachella Valley Region today hosted the EV 101 Workshop for Local Governments.

Riverside

Ron Loveridge Riverside

In a ceremony held before the EV 101 workshop, a Toyota representative gave AQMD the keys to three Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid vehicles.  Toyota is lending the vehicles to AQMD for one year as part of a worldwide demonstration program. 

A fully charged Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid vehicle is capable of running on electricity for approximately 13 miles at speeds of up to 62 mph. For longer distances, the Plug-In Hybrid vehicle reverts to conventional hybrid mode, operating as a regular Prius. The Prius Plug-In Hybrid vehicle can be fully charged in approximately three hours from a standard 110-volt electrical outlet, or in 90 minutes with a 220-volt connection.

Mary Nickerson U.S.A.

During the workshop, attendees heard from electric vehicle manufacturers, utilities and others on needed infrastructure, available government incentives and green jobs.  Information on resources available to help communities plan and build an electric vehicle program also was available.

"It’s expected that most vehicle charging will take place at residences and many EV drivers will get where they are going by charging only at home," said Loveridge.  "However public charging stations will also play a vital role in encouraging consumers to use electric vehicles.  Local governments need to begin planning today for that future."

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CONTACT:  Sam Atwood at AQMD

Tues-Fri, 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: (909) 396-3456

After hours and weekends:  (909) 720-9056

U.S.A.

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