Last week Nissan delivered the first of its new LEAF plug-in cars to a northern Californian, and the company’s got 20,000 more orders coming off the line. Other companies with plug-in hybrid cars are following suit.
It’ll be a challenge, though, to put all those cars on the grid and build a network of outlets to juice them up. Plug-in advocates argue that the state's failure to meet that challenge 10 years ago delayed new technology for cars.
The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative includes state and local agencies and industry groups that say they’ve got ideas for making things work more smoothly as more plug-in cars hit the road.
Those ideas include easing rules in condo and apartment buildings for chargers, figuring out off-peak rates for overnight juicing, and streamlining the process of applying for a home charging system at your local city hall.