Mayor Buttigieg was the driving force behind the formation of the South Bend Electric Vehicle Initiative (SBEVI). The initiative is comprised of public, private, and non-profit organizations and local universities, all of whom are dedicated to creating an ecosystem that supports the growth of electric vehicles.
SBEVI has adopted an "all-in" approach to creating a smart city for future mobility, and is tackling numerous projects at once. This includes providing economic assistance to help local businesses transition to electric vehicles, launching a citywide electric vehicle sharing program, and developing a network of charging infrastructure. On the local policy side, they are also pushing for incentives to help make the switch to EVs more affordable.
Mayor Buttigieg is utilizing the power of public-private partnership to make South Bend a leader in electric vehicle adoption. To this end, he has partnered with major automakers such as GM and Ford to bring their EVs to the city. This is part of the mayor’s plan to expand access to electric vehicles for residents of South Bend and make it easier for them to make the switch.
The city has also partnered with a variety of tech startups to expand the city’s EV charging network. This includes companies such as ChargePoint, EVgo, and Electrify America who are providing hardware and software to bring smart charging solutions to the city.
With Mayor Buttigieg’s ambitious plan, South Bend is on its way to becoming a model for future smart cities. The city has demonstrated its commitment to a more sustainable future through its commitment to electric vehicles and the mayor’s public-private partnerships. It is these partnerships that will be crucial in bringing EVs to the masses and creating a future for mobility that is powered by clean energy.
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