Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mayor Jones Performs Official Plug-in at First Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Richmond Omni Hotel

Mayor Dwight C. Jones was joined by Virginia Clean Cities today for the opening of Richmond Omni Hotel's first public charging station. The City of Richmond has been an important partner in the Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative --- a planning grant for electric vehicles through the Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure grant. 

“This effort fits into Richmond’s triple bottom line goals of the City’s RVAgreen plans of sustainability and will help lower greenhouse gas emissions in the city.” comments Mayor Dwight C. Jones. "The RVAgreen Plan supports electric vehicles and charging stations because they provide options that are more economically competitive and environmentally resilient than traditional vehicles."


Ford Motor Company chose Richmond as one of the first 25 "EV Ready" cities in the country and a launch market for its all-electric Ford Focus. 

"Electric vehicles and infrastructure represent an opportunity for individuals and businesses to advance energy, economic, and environmental security through reducing petroleum,” said Alleyn Harned, Executive Director of Virginia Clean Cities.

Prior to the official plug-in, Virginia Clean Cities hosted the Business Case for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Forum at the Omni Hotel. The event provided an overview of electric vehicles and presented the business case for installing electric vehicle charging stations.