"This is really a launching pad to proliferate mainstream adoption," Ori said of the deployment communities. "The regulatory environment and the business environment is geared toward making these vehicles fit seamlessly into the system and making it easier for consumers to own them."
The DOE is also backing the $230 million E.V. Project, a public-private partnership funded 50-50 by federal stimulus dollars and private financing. San Francisco-based ECOtality, Inc. is managing $130 million of the project to develop and install 15,000 charging systems in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas and the District of Columbia.