GO-Biz joins with Japanese on zero emission vehicles
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California is joining with a Japanese firm to add more zero emission vehicles to California roads.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the Japanese governmental organization New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) recently signed two memorandums of understanding (MOU). These MOUs will result in the development of new direct current (DC) fast charging electric vehicle (EV) stations in California as well as the demonstration of a key energy storage technology that can help increase the use of renewable electricity in California.
“California is the world leader in electric vehicle deployment and NEDO’s fast charging stations are a welcomed and necessary addition to California’s growing fast charger network” said GO-Biz Chief Deputy Director Panorea Avdis. “We look forward to working with NEDO to continue to grow the market for electric vehicles, as well as improving our ability to store clean electricity needed to fuel them.”
With the EV project, GO-Biz and NEDO will seek to ease range anxiety, increase intercity trips, and promote EV adoption. Project partners plan to install DC fast chargers along northern California highways and provide innovative services for EV drivers including charger location guidance.
“NEDO hopes that its two projects will contribute to California’s policies by promoting innovation and bringing about a new industrial revolution,” said NEDO Executive Director Hiroshi Kuniyoshi. “I am confident that the two demonstration projects will succeed based on the close relationship between Japan and California and that the results of the projects will be widely disseminated around the world.”