Electric Vehicles

Last week Portland hosted a national gathering of the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry.  The opening speaker was John Voelcker, editor of Green Car Reports.  He talked about the myths, realities and future of the electrical vehicle movement.

Number of Vehicles May Double in Next Ten Years

Over the next decade, as more countries industrialize, it’s projected that one billion motor vehicles on our planet may double to an astonishing two billion in number.  Electric Vehicles can help reduce the environmental consequences of such a large growth of greenhouse gas polluting motor vehicles.

Electric Vehicles

Ford Focus, Toyota Prius, Tesla.

EV Charging Stations on the Increase

Alternative fuels like Natural Gas and Hydrogen have had carbon issues and fuel distribution problems in the U.S.  Meanwhile, 14 different electric vehicle models are available while charging stations have proliferated across the country.  One of those models is the sexy looking American designed and built Tesla, which accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Electric cars are up to one-third cheaper to operate than their petroleum burning equivalents.

EV Tesla Model S

EV Tesla Model S

Today there are 115,000 gas stations in the United States.  The number of electric charging stations is about 10,000 and that number is projected to increase to 150,000 by 2018.  Oregon leads the way and is about eight years ahead of the rest of the country with the number of electric cars, hybrids and charging stations.

As the price of gas continues to rise and electric vehicle costs decrease, the trend points toward increasing sales of EV’s.  Home charging is getting simpler, public charging will proliferate like wi-fi in the future, and battery prices are dropping about 8 percent per year.  On Wednesday, General Motors just lowered the price of the Chevy Volt by $5000 for the 2014 model.  Ford lowered the price of its electric Focus last month by $4000.

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