|Nissan Adds California to U.S. Electric-Car Plans (Update1) |
By Alan Ohnsman
Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Nissan Motor Co., seeking to lead a developing market for non-polluting electric cars, said it will supply battery-powered cars to California's Sonoma County and help set up charging stations to keep them running.
The automaker, which this week named Oregon as the first U.S. market for its electric cars, said in a statement today it will provide vehicles to local governments in the northern California county. Sonoma officials are to create incentives to encourage purchases of such models and for companies to set up stations to recharge them, Nissan said.
``Public officials are beginning to stand up, and we know the consumers are interested and they're ready,'' Mark Perry, director of planning for Nissans U.S. electric car program, told Bloomberg reporters and editors at a meeting in San Francisco today. ``Infrastructure is going to be a challenge.''
The move is part of the industry's push to offer autos that use little or no gasoline and emit less carbon dioxide and other exhaust gases linked to global warming. San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, capitalizing on growing interest in battery-powered autos, yesterday said they plan to make California the leading U.S. market for the vehicles.