03 Oct '11, 4pm

Guest Post: EVs and the Implications for Utilities: ABB hosted its annual Western Utilities Executive Conferen...

Guest Post: EVs and the Implications for Utilities: ABB hosted its annual Western Utilities Executive Conferen...

ABB hosted its annual Western Utilities Executive Conference in Pebble Beach, California last week, hosting a panel that explored the future of electric vehicles (EVs) and the implications for utilities. One of the main takeaways from the discussion was how the force of regulation is driving the EV industry in the U.S. Bob Feldmaier, a former chief engineer at both Chrysler and Telsa Motors, noted that new CAFÉ standards of 54.5 mpg by 2025 are forcing carmakers to pursue electric vehicles -- in addition to hybrids and plug-in hybrids -- because there is simply no way to achieve fleet-wide fuel efficiency at that level without them. As CEO of ECOtality , a company that is building the world’s largest EV charging network (under the auspices of the DoE-sponsored EV Project), it’s perhaps predictable that Jonathan Reed was the most sanguine of the group on the question of cus...

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