Following today’s announcement that the i-MiEV will come to the U.S. in the near future, we took a few minutes to speak with Charlie Allcock, director of economic development at PGE (not PG&E, because, as I found out, saying that would make you look silly). PGE is Mitsubishi’s new partner utility for testing electric vehicles in the U.S. (along with SCE). Currently, the two organizations have a Memorandum of Understanding, which means that they’re not willing to discuss details until things are finalized (which should happen by June). Still, Allcock was able to tell us a few things about the next step in bringing the electric jellybean to the U.S.
Up first, working out the details of the Mitsubishi MOU. “We want to see what they’re like to have in the fleet,” Allcock said. “We want to see what the charging is like. We want to see what the impact is on our system and we want to show them to our customers.”
PGE is also working with Nisssan-Renault on testing their battery-powered vehicles, and Allcock said he expects this to not be the last of the bunch. “I expect more OEMs to be coming our way, as well as the charging station manufacturers,” he said. Part of the reason is a recent Request For Proposal issued by the state of Oregon for soliciting charging equipment for electric vehicles, the first of its kind in the United States. The floodgates are starting to creak open. “I think every OEM is going to have their time when they engage in the ‘where?’ conversation,” Allcock said. When they do, Portland will be ready.
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