With 41 percent of the greenhouse gases emitted in the Bay Area coming from our daily transportation decisions, the announcement by Tesla Motors and Toyota last week to build up to 20,000 new Electric Vehicles per year at the recently shuttered NUMMI plant in Fremont could not come at a better time for our environment or our economy.
It also reinforces Silicon Valley’s leadership position in clean and green tech, to include clean and green cars.
In addition to the Tesla/Toyota deal, Silicon Valley is also home to companies creating the infrastructure needed for electric vehicles to exist.
• Coulumb Technologies of Campbell, which makes electric vehicle charging stations, and Better Place of Palo Alto, which makes charging centers to switch out batteries rather than filling up tanks of gas, are two innovative examples of not only what is to come, but what is already here.
• Innovative steps are also being taken for Personal Rapid Transit – PodCars – that are fast, flexible and financially feasible to link San Jose International Airport with CalTrain, Light Rail and the future BART extension.
Silicon Valley is proving again, that we are inventing the future today, in a way that creates jobs and strengthens the environment.