01 Sep '17, 2pm

"Electric Cars Need a Boost. Electric Utilities Can Provide It."

IT TOOK MANY YEARS, BUT AUTOMAKERS have finally succeeded in making electric cars that are generally affordable, powerful, and even cool. What they haven't made, however, is a meaningful dent in the U.S. vehicle market, in which EVs represent less than 1 percent of cars sold. That may soon change with the entry of a new player, one with bold plans for zero-emission transportation: electric utilities. Yes, that's the same Big Electric that labored for years to block solar panels from our rooftops. But utilities see big profit in electrifying our wheels, and they're moving to boost the EV's appeal (and ease potential buyers' battery-range anxiety) by making sure that charging stations are as common as gas stations. "If any group has the motive and the means to get electrification off the ground, the utilities are the folks to do it," says Sierra Club associate attorney Joe H...

Full article: https://sierraclub.org/sierra/2017-5-september-october/fe...

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