Ken Plum: E-V ready

This summer Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a “collaborative effort to prepare the Commonwealth for electric cars.” The initiative is funded through the federal Clean Cities program. More information is available at

Reading the press release about the initiative made me remember a similar program in Northern Virginia and Richmond in 1997 to get the areas ready for electric vehicles. I chaired the Northern Virginia EV Market Launch Committee and had subcommittees on building and codes, infrastructure, policy, and public awareness. I still have a copy of the inch-thick, spiral-bound report we produced on what needed to be done to get Northern Virginia ready for electric vehicles.

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