San Francisco is already famous for being green. Our public transportation system has very low emissions, we have more green jobs than any other U.S. metropolitan area, and even our bus stops are made from recycled materials and charged by solar energy. But San Fran isn’t done leading the way.

In an attempt to make San Francisco the electric vehicle capital of the world, the city is currently playing host to the Charge Across Town campaign’s EV Week – an “exposition of the coolest plug-in and electric vehicle and EV charging stations” with partners including SF Environment, PG&E and City Car Share.

“Charge Across Town is catalyzing the effort with consumers, nonprofits and the business community to get San Francisco EV-Ready,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee.

“EVs have the power to reduce dependency on oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save people money, and revitalize the economy here in San Francisco and across the country,” Mayor Lee continued.

The event will include some of the best EVs on the market (listed below), all of which will be available for test-driving. The goal, according to director Maureen Blanc, is to show drivers how “practical, reliable and cool these vehicles really are.”

Models available for test driving include:

  • Toyota’s RAV4 EV and Plug-in Prius
  • Tesla Model S
  • Nissan Leaf
  • BMW’s Active E
  • Marin Luxury Car’s Fisker Karma
  • Ford Focus
  • Mitsubishi MiEV
  • Honda Fit EV
  • Coda Automotive

And if that’s not enough corporate support for environmentally friendly travel, SunPower Corp. is also part of the demonstration, showing how its solar array can power EV charging stations.

In many ways, San Francisco already is the EV Capital of California, boasting 110 charging stations at 42 locations around the city, more per capita than any other city in this very green state. The home team, the SF Giants, is also getting in on the action – with the already environmentally friendly stadium unveiling four new charging stations.

So will EV week bring more drivers into the EV, emissions-free fold? We’ll have to wait and see.

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