Los Angeles Times: Silicon Valley becoming driving force for electric vehicles

June 29, 2010
In The News

Dana Hull writes about Sillicon Valley's rise as a new leader in the development of electric cars and Rep. Eshoo's role in that rise in the June 29, 2010 Los Angeles Times:


A 2006 documentary about General Motors Co.'s ill-fated EV1 famously asked, "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

Silicon Valley is helping to bring it back to life.


But Silicon Valley is also home to some of the top companies working on the infrastructure needed to keep the cars charged up and on the road, including Better Place of Palo Alto and Coulomb Technologies in Campbell, Calif., which have established early leads in creating battery-swapping stations and public charging networks.


And even though the industry is still in its infancy, electric car-related companies are adding jobs at a time when unemployment in Silicon Valley is at near-record highs.


The increasing interest in electric vehicles comes amid growing recognition that climate change must be fought, in part, with new technologies. Washington has devoted a great deal of attention to clean tech, and this week the Obama administration voiced support for a bill that would give $6 billion in subsidies to electric vehicles.


Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Menlo Park), whose district spans much of the valley, has co-written a bill to put 700,000 additional electric cars on the road in the next six years.

Read the full article at latimes.com.