General Motors plans to work with San Francisco and other cities to roll out its much-touted Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid-electric car that is scheduled for market launch next year.
Now, the cities are not in the business of selling cars. But they can make it easier for a company to do business through their permitting and other policy-making power. Plus, large cities often own large fleets of cars, making them good potential customers.
For companies that want to popularize electric cars of all kinds, seeking a municipal or state blessing is a good approach. Seeking help from cities that already have committed to popularizing electric cars is an even smarter -- and obvious --...
Smart grid-related companies are getting up into each other’s business.
That’s the gist of the news coming out of the DistribuTech conference in San Diego on Tuesday morning. The business of the “smart grid???— that is, building two-way communications systems between utilities and their customers to measure and control power use — involves a lot of moving parts. Equipment, communications and software providers are forming increasingly tangled webs of partnerships and competitive stances.
Such deals were already coming out in advance of the conference (see DistribuTech Puts Spotlight on Smart Grid). Tuesday morning saw a few more emerge.
One was a deal between smart grid...