A new generation of affordable, long-range electric vehicles is coming to market, creating opportunities for state and local governments to save thousands of dollars per car. Fresh Energy crunched the numbers to find out whether these operational savings would make up for the higher upfront cost.
How do I charge them? How far can they drive? How much do they cost? Learn the basics of electric vehicles by flipping through our Everything EVs slides featuring EV expert Jukka Kukkonen.
The market for electric vehicles (EVs) has been developing rapidly over the past several years. As the market matures, it has the potential to make a dramatic impact not only on the auto industry but electric utilities, consumers, and the entire electric grid. To make sense of it all, we took a look at which market forces are shifting EVs into DRIVE, which are keeping the market in NEUTRAL, and which are moving things in REVERSE.
One of the biggest challenges in our current transportation system is the way our streets are designed. In many parts of our communities the only safe option for people to get around town is to drive a car, raising costs and limiting options for businesses, families, and the community as a whole. Last year, St Paul sought to address this issue by creating and passing a long-term plan for expanding safe transportation options throughout the city. This bike plan established a comprehensive network of safe bike routes – making it easier for people to reduce congestion, wear and tear, and their associated costs on our streets. Now, with a long term plan in place, business leaders, city officials, and state lawmakers are standing up to support safer streets for St Paul.