Mike Stevens | Dec 18, 2009

MAJOR CITIES AROUND the world, including Sydney and Melbourne, announced the formation of the C40 Group at Copenhagen this week. The group was formed to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in urban centres.

The 14 member cities will collaborate with Mitsubishi, Renault-Nissan and China's BYD to develop electric vehicle infrastructure and to coordinate incentives for potential EV buyers.

Tom Howard-Wyse, speaking for The Climate Group NGO, said support from cities and sub-national bodies will prove critical to the success of any agreements reached among the nations attending the Climate Change conference in Copenhagen.

"Once a deal is in place, sub-national bodies will do 85 per cent of the heavy lifting when it comes to implementing it," Mr Howard-Wyse said. "They are here saying to world leaders that they are ready when you are."

Mayor Villaraigosa, representing Los Angeles, said that cities and utility companies play a critical role in acceleration public acceptance of electric vehicles.

"In Los Angeles, we are coordinating as a region to upgrade our charging infrastructure and make it cheaper for residents to charge their EVs at home. Coupled with our plans to get off of coal-based power, we will drastically reduce our reliance on fossil fuels."

The C40 Group's members include Addis Ababa, Athens, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Caracas, Chicago, Delhi, Dhaka, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Karachi, Lagos, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico City, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Toronto, Tokyo, and Warsaw.

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