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Electric Companies Are Helping Expand Electric Transportation
July 2016

​America’s electric power companies are working to develop the infrastructure that will enable the electric transportation revolution and help usher in a cleaner energy future by helping to make the ownership of electric vehicles (EVs) simple and accessible to all.

Tesla Motors recently made history when it took more than 400,000 pre-orders for its newest vehicle, the Model 3. While Tesla vehicles are exciting and sought-after, the success of the Model 3 points to a larger phenomenon: Demand for EVs is growing fast. In fact, sales of EVs surged in the first few months of 2016, despite near-historically low gas prices.
A hindrance to even faster growth in the EV market is the need for a widespread and accessible charging infrastructure, which would make it easy for drivers to charge their EVs wherever they are.
Companies in California are tackling this challenge head on.
In the northern California, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is working on a plan to install 7,500 chargers, mostly at offices and multi-unit dwellings.
Further south, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric are both rolling out similar plans, which would collectively add about 5,000 chargers to various “long dwell-time” locations such as office and apartment building parking lots.
But the West Coast isn’t the only place that might soon be a haven for EV drivers. Kansas City Power & Light is installing more than 1,000 public charging stations throughout its Kansas and Missouri service territories. This ambitious program has helped make Kansas City one of the most EV-friendly areas of the country.
While the precise business and other details of the four companies’ plans differ, all have said that they want to make it possible for third-party companies to partner with them in their ventures.
Likewise, all four companies have committed to installing a portion of these chargers in a diverse range of communities so that everyone can access them.
As the market for EVs grows, electric power companies will continue to lead in delivering the infrastructure needed to make a cleaner transportation future possible for all.