National Drive Electric Week 2018
September 2018

​EEI is celebrating National Drive Electric Week, which highlights the environmental, economic, and consumer benefits of electric vehicles (EVs).
 
Electrifying transportation offers numerous benefits for customers and communities, including increased efficiency, improved sustainability, economic growth, and energy security. As cities and communities seek smart, sustainable mobility solutions, electric transportation is a critical component – including EVs, public transit, and charging infrastructure.

Today, electric companies are partnering with many stakeholders to support the growth of EVs and to provide the needed charging infrastructure in America’s cities and communities. Electric company investments in customer programs and projects to accelerate electric transportation amount to more than $1 billion and will deploy nearly 90,000 EV charging stations throughout the country.

Since 2016, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector have surpassed those from the electric power industry. Widespread adoption of EVs could reduce GHG emissions by the equivalent of removing 100 million conventional vehicles from the road.

Currently, approximately 920,000 EVs are on the road in the United States, and total EV sales for 2018 are up 48 percent compared to 2017. A 2017 report from EEI and the Institute for Electric Innovation forecasts that, by 2025, U.S. EV sales will exceed 1 million per year and that 7 million passenger EVs will be on U.S. roads, requiring about 5 million charging stations.

The energy grid is ready for electric transportation. Electric companies are investing more than $100 billion each year in smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy infrastructure to deliver the energy future customers want. These investments are key to enabling innovative customer solutions, including smart, sustainable transportation.

To learn more about how you can get involved with Drive Electric Week, visit www.driveelectricweek.org.