Since its launch in April 2014, the San Joaquin Valley Electric Vehicle Partnership (SJVEVP) has emerged as one of the recent successes of the Regional Industry Cluster of Opportunity (RICO). Administered by the Office of Community and Economic Development at Fresno State, SJVEVP is a regional collaborative exploring the future of electric vehicles, and identifying potential partners that can help Valley communities realize a future with electric vehicles. Participation in this effort includes representatives from both public and private sectors and local and county government.
Nissan North America and NRG eVgo have played an instrumental role in giving SJVEVP a substantial level of industry engagement. Lending support to the Valley’s future in electric vehicles are its universities and colleges; workforce and economic development agencies; and regulatory agencies and advocacy groups.
SJVEVP provides opportunities to present the range of available electric vehicles, particularly the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S which have been showcased at these events. Even the nation’s first all-electric school bus has held center stage.
SJVEVP is committed to advancing the region in electric vehicle deployment and adoption through market development, charging-infrastructure expansion, talent enhancement, and self-promotion. A series of Ride ‘n Drive events is currently being developed to promote electric vehicles and availability of purchasing incentives.
Pacific Gas & Electric
RICO Action Team
Clean Energy Center, Kern Community College District
Kern Economic Development Corporation
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
San Joaquin Valley Clean Cities Coalition
San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization