California is way out ahead of us in the race to lead the American electric-vehicle industry, according to an analysis by the Sacramento Bee.
How are they doing it? They buy them, they build them and they pave the road for more of them.
More than half of the electric vehicles sold in America last year, 57 percent, were bought in California. And although it's a bit player so far, the Tesla is made there. Meanwhile charging stations are going in up and down the state, according to the Bee story.
Now I'm not the type to concede that easily--and we know we're king in the production of EV's and advanced batteries--but perhaps there are a few things those of us in Michigan could learn from the "EV capital." What are they doing out in California that we could copy here?
Well, for starters, they have some very strong public/private technology partnerships, the kind we're seeing between GE, Ford and the University of Michigan (story below).
They're also making strategic investments in infrastructure, including the "electric highway," with planned high-speed charging stations every 25 miles from Mexico to British Columbia.
There's no reason that Michigan can't take some of the same steps to boost electric-vehicle adoption here at home.
And why not, since the benefits would come back to us big-time with our already established electric-vehicle and advanced-battery engineering and manufacturing base. Otherwise, California might just try taking that away from us as well.
Until next time . . .
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center