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Electric cars to come to Vancouver streets soon

September 28th, 2008 · 3 Comments

For those of you who missed Saturday’s Globe and Mail, here’s the link to the story I wrote about the city’s plan to allow the current small neighbourhood electric cars to be driven on city streets. Although I didn’t put it in the print story, this is an example of the kind of initiative that comes from a motivated bureaucracy.

The city’s engineering department and sustainability office have been working like fiends on this one for a long time, making contacts with the local electric-car network of fans and experts, joining advocacy groups, and pushing other jurisdictions to get involved. This move represents dedicated work and a real willingness to be pioneers on the part of people like assistant city engineer Peter Judd and, in the city’s sustainability office, Brian Beck. (And, of course, it helps to have a council that’s gung-ho on all this stuff.) Amid all the fractiousness out there, as we enter campaign season, it’s nice to see an example of what the city is capable of when everyone’s pulling together.

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