The city of Seattle has made a lot of progress toward encouraging sustainable transportation in the Pacific Northwest. In recognition of these efforts, the World Electric Vehicle Association will be presenting its E-Visionary award to Seattle mayor Greg Nickels on Friday. The Osaka prefecture in Japan and the city of London are being similarly recognized this year.

The Electric Drive Transportation Association is the North American representative of WEVA, and EDTA president Brian Wynne will actually accept the award on Nickel's behalf at the EVS24 conference in Stavanger, Norway. Along with the city's efforts in light rail and other public transport, Seattle is one of the numerous cities that has formed partnerships with Nissan to build out a public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The city will be among the first locations to get Nissan's new EV when it starts going into fleets for testing in late 2010.

[Source: City of Seattle]


Seattle recognized as global "E-Visionary" city
World Electric Vehicle Association honors mayor for sustainable transportation

SEATTLE - On Friday, May 15, Mayor Greg Nickels will receive the "E-Visionary" award from the World Electric Vehicle Association. The international award, to be presented at the 24th International Electric Vehicle Symposium, recognizes leadership in adopting clean, efficient and sustainable modes of transportation.

"From light rail to street cars to electric vehicles, Seattle is proud to lead the way in reducing the impact of transportation on our climate," said Nickels.

The World Electric Vehicle Association recognizes leaders in North America, Europe and Asia for their commitment to community health and achievement in deploying clean transportation, specifically electric drive. The other 2009 E-Visionary recipients announced this week are the Osaka Prefecture in Japan and London Mayor Boris Johnson.

"Seattle is an ideal choice for this award," said Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, the North American member of the World Electric Vehicle Association. Wynne will accept the award in Stravanger, Norway, on Nickels' behalf. "Seattle has truly become a model for other cities committed to sustainable transportation."

With clean, green electric power from Seattle City Light, the only public utility in the country to have net-zero carbon emissions, the mayor is electrifying Seattle's transportation system:

* The region's first light rail line will open on July 18, 2009. Nickels is chair of Sound Transit and led the successful campaign to pass a ballot measure in November 2008 that extended the line to Lynnwood, Redmond and Federal Way.
* Seattle opened its first modern streetcar line in December 2007, attracting more than a half-million riders in its first full year of operation. There are now plans to extend the network, complementing electric trolley buses run by King County Metro.
* Seattle, in conjunction with U.S. Department of Energy, is testing plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
* Nissan has selected the Seattle-area as one of the first regions in the U.S. to introduce a pure electric five-passenger car in 2010. As part of this effort, Seattle will work to promote the development of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

This year's International Electric Vehicle Symposium will host 1,000 participants from 45 nations. The conference will feature 350 speakers, an exposition with more than 100 companies, a "Ride & Drive" of battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles, and much more. Visit for more information.

The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) is the trade association representing battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure. EDTA conducts public policy advocacy, education, industry networking, and international conferences. EDTA's membership includes automotive and other equipment manufacturers, energy companies, technology developers, component suppliers, and government agencies. For more information about EDTA and its members, visit

The three members of the World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA) are the EDTA in North America, the European Electric Road Vehicle Association (AVERE), and the Electric Vehicle Association of the Asia Pacific (EVAAP). WEVA organizes and produces the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS) series, which started in 1969 and is held on a rotating basis between North America, Europe and Asia. After EVS-24 in Norway, EVS-25 will be held in 2010 in China, and EVS-26 will be held in the United States in 2011.

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