What’s Next for EV Infrastructure

Electric Drive Transportation Association last week hosted “How Utilities Are Preparing for Electric Vehicles,” featuring a panel that included Mark Duvall of Electric Power Research Institute. Duvall is one of the people organizing the upcoming Plug-in 2010 conference, and made several interesting comments about EV charging. Public charging stations are extremely expensive, and utilities are looking for municipalities, property owners, and companies to invest in its future. He addressed concerns over coal powering nearly 50% of electricity in the U.S., and how renewable energy is an increasing source for electrification. EPRI is also reporting on the significant carbon emissions reduction that plug-in vehicles create, and how the electricity grid will become less intensive over time.

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