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The Current 2018 Q2

Welcome to The Current, 2018 - Q2 Edition

In the last few years, electric vehicles (EVs) have seen a rapid expansion across the US and around the world. Charging stations have been cropping up in company parking lots, vehicle prices have dropped, and EV brands have become household names. In this issue of The Current, we explore the drivers and hurdles to the expansion of EVs and their impact on our energy system.

The EV Revolution – Driven by Autonomous Vehicles, the Sharing Economy and Policy

Tracy Schario

The summer driving season is upon us. Today, the conversation centers around gas prices, miles driven and how many cars will be on the road. More than 1 million vehicles traveled at least 50 miles from the metro DC region on Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA.

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The Shift to Electric and Self-Driving Vehicles

Mary Fay

Automobile industry leaders and experts have consistently named three major characteristics when discussing the future of transportation: shared mobility, autonomy, and electrical. While Electric Vehicle (EV) technology is fully developed, EVs accounted for just over 1% of all US vehicles sales last year. Yet, according to a Poll by Axios, the potential market is exponentially larger, aligning with market projections of autonomous vehicles (AVs), as predicted by McKinsey, Deloitte and IHS Markit. While projections are subjective and varied, growth is likely to increase greatly in the coming decades for both technologies.

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Car Dealerships as a Barrier to Electric Vehicle Uptake

Miriam Aczel

A recent study conducted by Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and published in Nature Energy has found that car dealerships are a key impediment to the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) compared to diesel- and gasoline-fueled vehicles in Northern Europe. The study, which focusses on Nordic countries, found that this outcome stems from sales personnel failing to mention EVs and providing customers with misinformation about electric vehicle specifications, with a "bias towards selling traditional, internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs) instead." Importantly, the study found that of the 126 car dealerships examined and that sell EVs, over three quarters neglected to mention electric vehicles.

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Electric Vehicles - Grid Asset or Liability?

Erika Myers

In certain parts of the United States, electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming one of the largest flexible loads on the grid. According to a 2017 report by the Edison Electric Institute, the number of EVs on the road is expected to increase from around 750,000 today to 7 million by 2025, requiring an additional 4.5 to 5.5 million charging ports.

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The Importance of Electric Vehicles for California's Clean Energy Future

Hilary Haskell

Forty percent is an important number for California regarding greenhouse (GHG) emissions reductions and the role of electric vehicles (EVs) in the clean energy future. California has a GHG emissions reduction target of 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 per Senate Bill 32 and approximately 40% of California's GHG emissions are currently from the transportation sector according to the California Air Resources Board. In 2017, approximately 30% of California's retail electricity sales were from renewable energy and the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) for California is 50% renewables by 2030.

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