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Who's ready for more EVs? General Electric and Nissan – the manufacturer of the zero-emissions Leaf – have signed a two-year deal to collectively explore ways to promote the widespread adoption of electric vehicles here in the United States and around the globe. Mark Little, director of GE global research, stated:

Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P), an electric company and subsidiary of Northeast Utilities (NU), is expecting up to 20 municipalities and businesses in its service area to install charging stations and participate in the utility company's just-announced plug-in vehicle research project. Among the first to sign on to install charging equipment are UBS in Stamford, CT, the city of Torrington, CT and the towns of Westport, CT and Mansfield, CT. By year's end, CL&P expects to have at le

U.S. Representatives Judy Biggert (R-IL), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) have introduced the Electric Vehicle Deployment Act of 2011 – legislation designed to fast-track the deployment of plug-in vehicle technologies. Markey, the Ranking Member on the House Natural Resources Committee and senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said, in an almost comical sort of way, that the reason for the act is:

A pair of identical bills, the "Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Acts," are expected to be introduced in the U.S. Congress today that would provide up to $11 billion in additional funding to spur deployment of electric vehicles (EVs). The hope is to get up to 4 million EVs on the road by 2017, a very audacious goal. The money would primarily go to about five to eight regions that are considered electric-vehicle friendly, which presumably means places like California, New York and some other sou