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06/01/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Portland Mayor To SF Mayor: We're Better At Electric Cars

The electric vehicle smackdown has begun in earnest.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams is responding to the perhaps higher-profile San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who says that San Francisco will be the electric car capital of the US.

From the mayor of Portland:

Portland just launched our joint City/County Climate Action Plan which aims to reduce our emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. This will take bold steps, and one step is replacing our fossil-fueled vehicles with zero emission vehicles. Portland already boasts a number of EV startups, and we're gunning for more. This industry will bring jobs, technology, innovation and recognition.

And here he is, showing off:

EV Charging Station Unveiled in Portland from Mayor Sam Adams on Vimeo.

Earlier this week, Mayor Newsom (of San Francisco) posted here at HuffPost Green that he was excited to be racing toward electric car dominance:

Now our neighbors to the north, Portland are challenging us for EV supremacy. This type of competition symbolizes what is best about our region and our country. If we were able to put a man on the moon, we most certainly can create a new generation of cars that do not run on fossil fuels. We've done it before. I owned one of the EV1's from Saturn in the 1990s. Now EV companies are sprouting up all over the country from Fisker Automotive to Better Place to Bright Automotive.

Who will win?

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