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May 6, 2014 > Alameda County judged as most ÔElectric Vehicle (EV)Õ ready

Alameda County judged as most ÔElectric Vehicle (EV)Õ ready

Submitted By Guy Ashley

Alameda County has been selected as the Bay AreaÕs Most ÒEV ReadyÓ Large Community as part of the 2014 Ready, Set, Charge! Bay Area Electric Vehicle Readiness Awards, sponsored by the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) and Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

The Awards Committee selected Alameda County for incorporating electric vehicles (EVs) substantially into its Climate Action Plan and General Plans, its impressive EV infrastructure of 80 public and fee-free charging ports, and its expansion of EVs in its fleets - currently at 23 EVs and with 26 more to be deployed this year. Alameda County has also provided region-wide leadership heading a collaborative procurement of 90 electric vehicles and charging stations for 10 municipal agencies.

ÒWe are thrilled to be recognized for the leadership Alameda County provides by adopting environmentally friendly policies that are transforming the way the County delivers services to residents,ÕÕ said Susan S. Muranishi, Alameda County Administrator.

Alameda County was one of four winners in the Bay Area competition announced April 25 at the 2014 Silicon Valley Driving Charged & Connected Symposium in Palo Alto. The ÒEV ReadyÓ award is the latest in a string of accolades Alameda County has received for its environmental stewardship. In 2013, Alameda CountyÕs vehicle fleet was named for the fifth time as one of the Greenest in America in an annual review done by Green Fleet Magazine. In 2012, the County also won a Green California Leadership Award, earning top honors in the category of ÒPioneerÓ for its program of Comprehensive Climate Action for Government Operations and Services.

Keith Carson, President of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, says honors such as the ÒEV ReadyÓ award help to validate the boardÕs decision in 2008 to adopt a long-term Strategic Vision in which Environment and Sustainability are among the core principles for preserving and enhancing the CountyÕs reputation as a leading place to live, work and do business.

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