Electric Vehicles and the California Grid

Together with the state’s shift toward low-carbon generation of electricity, electrifying transportation is a key pathway for California’s clean energy strategy. Electric Vehicles and the California Grid finds that the California grid is well placed to handle rapid growth in plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) but advance planning and smart policy can ease the transition for the state’s power system.

California currently has about 369,000 plug-in PEVs. In order to reach Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of 5 million PEVs by 2030, sales need to grow significantly. Also on the horizon: electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, and the prospect of private vehicle ownership being lowered by fleets of electric, self-driving PEVs.

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