The Energy Policy Podcast

Episode 33: Transportation – EV Charging Infrastructure and Utilities


Published February 2, 2017

The first in a three part series on Transportation. 2017 brings the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla 3 to the electric vehicle market – two EVs with over 200 miles range. The only thing holding back EVs is charging infrastructure. In this episode we discuss ways in which states can facilitate investment in charging infrastructure by utilities. In an era of flat and declining load, utilities may have the most to gain from this new load source that can grow load while reducing carbon emissions.

Useful resources referenced in this episode:

Washington State HB 1853

California Statewide Plug-In Infrastructure Assessment

Plug-In America

IRS Description of Federal Tax Credit

Utility Dive report on California $1B investment in EV infrastructure by utilities

Center for Strategic and International Studies report on California investment by utilities

Policies to promote electric vehicles in the Southwest – SWEEP


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