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USA: Utilities, Automakers, Government Unite to Push Mainstream Adoption of Electric Vehicles

Utilities, automakers and city, state and federal government agencies are working with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) to accelerate mainstream adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

Their report, Action Plan to Integrate Plug-in Electric Vehicles with the U.S. Electrical Grid, recommends ways to reduce technological and regulatory barriers facing drivers, municipalities and utilities.

“This is a major opportunity to tackle energy security, air quality, climate change and economic growth by putting American industries and workers out front on a truly transformative technology,” says Eileen Claussen, C2ES president. “But for [plug-in vehicles] to succeed, we need all the right parties working together. That’s what this plan is all about.”

Last year, almost 18,000 plug-in vehicles were sold in the United States, according to C2ES.

The coalition believes EVs can be an important part of the world’s vehicle market if they get a fair chance to compete with conventional vehicles, they say.

What’s needed is a series of market-based actions that foster innovation, minimize public cost, educate consumers, and maintain electrical grid reliability.

It’s recommendations are:
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