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EEI Statement on EPRI-NRDC Study on the Benefits of Electric Transportation
WASHINGTON (September 17, 2015) - Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn issued the following statement today in support of the findings of a new report released by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) titled, “Environmental Assessment of a Full Electric Transportation Portfolio.”

“The report by EPRI and NRDC clearly and comprehensively demonstrates that broad-based deployment of electric transportation technologies, paired with an increasingly clean power system, is the best pathway to a sustainable transportation sector with lower-carbon emissions. These innovative technologies include passenger cars, trucks, and a host of non-road vehicles such as forklifts, lawn and garden equipment, and airport ground support vehicles.

“The report benefits from real-world market data gathered from the great progress made in electric transportation to date, documenting what we know about how drivers use their vehicles and how the capabilities of technology have advanced. Electric vehicles (EVs) can provide a tremendous benefit, as the report found that widespread adoption of EVs could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 550 million metric tons annually in 2050 – equivalent to removing 100 million passenger cars from the road.

“Electric utilities are leading by example on transportation electrification. Last year, EEI announced its fleet electrification initiative to expand the adoption of plug-in EVs in utility fleets. To date, this initiative has exceeded the anticipated $50 million annual industry commitment, and will total more than $90 million in 2015, adding 800 new plug-in EVs and 740 new charging ports.

“In June, EEI also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Energy creating a partnership aimed at accelerating the deployment of plug-in EVs and charging infrastructure.”

Access the full study here.
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