Operation starts for Smart Community Demonstration Project in California – Electric Vehicle (EV) Driving Behavior and Increasing EV travel distance – Electric Vehicles are mainly used for short-distance traveling such as commuting and shopping in urban areas where the charging infrastructure is relatively accessible. Due to the limited range of EVs compared with a conventionally fueled vehicle, EV drivers may experience “range anxiety” and avoid driving long distances, which is said to be one of the major barriers in expanding the EV market on a larger scale.
Against this backdrop, NEDO together with Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Nissan North America, Inc., and Kanematsu Corporation and in partnership with the State of California and EVgo, began a demonstration project named “DRIVE the ARC” on November 14, aiming to increase the distance traveled by electric vehicles (EV) in the metropolitan area of northern California.
By collecting and analyzing the data of EV drivers’ behavior, the project will study the effects of installing DC fast chargers along inter-city routes, as well as provide a suitable navigation service system with the aim to contribute further promotion of EV use through this demonstration project.
A Kick-Off ceremony of this demonstration project was held at one of the charging stations on November 14th.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Demonstration of smartphone app by Commissioner Scott, CEC
From left, Executives Nissan, NEDO, and Kanematsu
Speakers included Makoto Watanabe, Executive Director of NEDO, Hitoshi Kawaguchi, Senior Vice President of Nissan Motors Co., Ltd., Kaoru Tanigawa, Director of Kanematsu Corporation, Janea A. Scott, Commissioner of California Energy Commission, Tyson Eckerle, Deputy Director of Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure in the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, Phil Serna, Sacramento County Board Supervisor & California Air Resources Board Member, Shouichi Nagayoshi, Deputy Consul General, Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco,Michael Teel, Raley’s Supermarket CEO and Terry O’day, Vice President of EVgo.