An EV in Every Garage

Four years ago, the number of electric vehicles on California roads was pretty close to zero.  At the end of this year, it will be about 50,000.  

OK, compared to the totals, that’s not much.  There are about 32 million vehicles in California (and 230 million in the U.S. and over 1 billion in the world).  For you data lovers, cars generate about 5 tons of CO2 per year on average. About 40 percent of GHG emissions in California are from vehicles.  That means we need to pay serious attention to the transportation sector if we are going to make progress on climate change.

The good news is that California is the world’s third largest auto market (after the U.S. and China), and we can make a difference.  The uptake of EVs is faster in California than it was for hybrids.  Drivers in SoCal have started to figure out that the cost of an EV lease is really cheap when you don’t have to pay for gas.  NRG is installing 200 fast chargers and 10,000 “make-readies,” and other companies are adding thousands of other charging stations around the state.  Governor Brown signed an Executive Order calling for 1.5 million EVs by 2025.  We certainly hope to get there sooner.

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