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Charging-Station Builder Says Utility's Infrastructure Plan Creates Monopoly

ChargePoint takes issue with PG&E's plan to build infrastructure for 25,000 plug-in vehicle recharging stations across California.

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California Utility Would Wire Primarily Level 2 Stations in Commercial Areas

PG&E looks to build out infrastructure for 25,000 plug-in charging stations across Central and Northern California.

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Plug-in vehicle purchases by the American public may be slowing down this year, but have faith. Because utility companies will be picking up a little bit of the slack by stepping up their focus on buying electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids for their fleets. A new program touted for both environmental and cost-saving reasons has a stamp of approval from the White House.

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Via Motors says its extended-range plug-in trucks can provide power generation for something a little more essential than a tailgate party or a camping trip. The company, which notably has former General Motors executive Bob Lutz as a pitchman, showed off one of its VTRUX pickups at San Francisco's Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative event sponsored by PG&E late last month and said the truck could double as an emergency power generator, Plug In Cars reports.

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Portland, OR strives to be the U.S. hub for plug-in vehicles. What other city has dedicated an entire block to plug-in vehicle charging? During a ceremony on Tuesday, Portland mayor Sam Adams plugged in the first vehicle at "Electric Avenue" and dedicated the charger-lined street. On display for the ceremony were plug-in vehicles from Nissan, Chevrolet and Mitsubishi and charging stations from Eaton, Ecotality, General Electric, OpConnect, Shorepower Technologies, and SPX.

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The Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. is known for its coffee shops, never-ending fields of aromatic hops and its affection for the electric vehicle (EV). Portland General Electric (PGE), in Oregon, touts the benefits of the plug-in vehicle with a frequency unmatched by most electric companies. PGE recently opened the nation's first public quick-charging station in downtown Portland, OR and has teamed up with automakers to prepare the Portland area for plug-in vehicles. But PGE's work in the

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Bright IDEA PHEV at the Business of Plugging In conference - Click above for high-res image gallery

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