Tag: electric vehicles

US Electric School Bus Initiative: Paper

This paper explains the ESB Initiative’s equity framework including key concepts and definitions and relevant equity intersections. It outlines the process the ESB Initiative used to develop the initial framework and plans for future iterations based on ongoing foundational equity research. The paper also summarizes how the ESB Initiative is translating the framework into action to achieve the equity objectives.

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IRA Impact on US Utilities: Paper

Five actions utilities should assess and prioritize in order to prepare for IRA-related opportunities and challenges. Communication priorities with regulators, state energy offices, and customers related to the IRA. Key considerations for different types of utilities, depending on their corporate structure (investor-owned, cooperative, municipal utility) and lines of business

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Run, Australia, Run! Catch Up with Leading Markets in Decarbonizing Light-Duty Vehicles

The Australian Government recently conducted a public consultation on national electric vehicle (EV) strategy and sought inputs on introducing mandatory national vehicle fuel efficiency standards for new light-duty vehicles (LDVs). This is a key step and we applaud the government for taking it. Adopting fuel efficiency or carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards will help promote EV sales and help Australia to catch up with leading vehicle markets in combating climate change.

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Powering Up: Technology trends in the EV charging space

Currently, most EVCSs operate on traditional grids. However, such uncoordinated charging with sudden peaks and troughs in demand can potentially cause fluctuations, leading to outages and deterioration of the grid. Hence, in the up­coming years, the growth of EVCS will be accompanied by the growth of smart grids and captive sources of power. It makes more business sense for an EVCS to have captive capacity, as this re­duces the operational overheads related to power procurement.

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Chile Promotes Decarbonisation: Passes Electricity Storage and Electromobility Promotion Law 

With an aim to support the country’s decarbonisation plans, Chile has enacted a new Law 21505 to promote electrical energy storage and electromobility. It is based on the Proyecto de Ley Sobre Promoción del Almacenamiento y La Electromovilidad or the Electricity Storage and Electromobility Promotion Bill, which received approval from the Senate in October 2022 and has recently been enacted into law.

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Grid Integration of Electric Vehicles: IEA Report

This policy makers manual is prepared under the framework of the Global Environment Facility programme aimed at supporting low- and middle-income economies in their transition to electric mobility. It aims to serve as a guide for policy makers to effectively integrate electric vehicle charging into the grid, thereby supporting road transport electrification and decarbonisation.

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Smart Charging and Consumer Behavior in the United States: Paper

To ensure that charging electric vehicles (EVs) supports, rather than strains, the nation’s electric grids, the United States needs consumers to adopt smart charging, also known as vehicle-grid integration (VGI). This paper by World Resources Institute presents the findings of a consumer survey on VGI of prospective and current Honda EV owners in the United States. It finds that 95 percent of respondents are interested in VGI programs, mostly due to the chance to be greener, save energy, and earn a financial incentive.

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Electric Vehicles Are Driving Rates Down

Can the addition of more electric vehicles (EVs) to the grid actually lower utility bills for all customers? A recently updated study shows just that, showing that EV drivers are not being subsidized by other customers and, in fact, they are putting downward pressure on rates. Between 2012 and 2021, in three of utility service territories with the most EVs in the United States, EV customers have contributed more than $1.7 billion in net-revenue to the body of utility customers.

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Electric Buses in India: Government funding and policies driving growth

In India, deployment of electric buses has increased from zero in 2017 to 4,647 buses in 2021, reaching an estimated market size of around USD127 million. Around two-thirds of these are midi 9-metre buses and the remaining one-third are standard 12-metre buses. In terms of charging infrastructure, as of August 2022, state road transport corporations (SRTCs) have installed 2,826 public charging stations and oil marketing companies (OMCs) have set up 3,448 charging stations at their retail outlets.

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Pricing Mechanisms for V2G in Southeast Asia: Brief

Most ASEAN Member States require a premium subsidy to be paid to electric vehicles to make their total cost of ownership lower than internal combustion engine vehicles. Among the ASEAN Member States, Thailand’s electric vehicle’s total cost of ownership performance shows the most promising prospect for effective implementation of vehicle-to-grid.

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How Electric Cars and Trucks Improve US Grid Reliability

Policies that advance EV adoption are not in conflict with efforts to continue to move to renewable energy, but a means to achieve those goals and improve reliability. For example, California’s recently adopted Clean Car Standards will put about 14 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2035. If those were all battery-electric vehicles capable of putting electricity back onto the grid, that would represent a collective battery that could theoretically power all of the homes in California for three days.

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A 2022 Update on Electric Car Sales: China Taking the Lead, the U.S. Catching Up, and Europe Falling Behind

Last time we checked on new registrations of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery-electric (BEV) passenger cars in early-2022, it was Europe that was in the lead, slightly ahead of China. Back then, the U.S. market was clearly falling behind the two other major regions. Now, six months later, the picture has changed quite a bit, once more illustrating how dynamic electric vehicle (EV) sales still are.

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US Utility Electrification Efforts and Opportunities: Paper

Electric vehicles, building heating technologies, and commercial and industrial equipment are quickly emerging as attractive electrification or fuel switching opportunities for utilities. These electric technologies can lower customer costs, decrease emissions, increase utility revenue, and benefit customers broadly. But not all electrification of everything everywhere provides these beneficial outcomes, so utility program leaders must carefully weigh the pros and cons.

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Inflation Reduction Act seeks to jumpstart electric vehicle market

The Inflation Reduction Act, (the Act or IRA) signed into law on August 16, 2022 by President Joe Biden, will inject hundreds of billions of dollars into clean energy and electric vehicle incentives and programs. The Act aims to invest $369 billion over 10 years into energy and climate programs, providing a number of tax credits and incentives to promote clean energy technologies.  The Act constitutes the largest investment in combatting climate change and incentivizing the onshoring of renewable energy production in US history.

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Whose BEV is it anyway? New Registrations and Disparities across Europe

Demand for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) significantly increased in Europe between 2020 and 2021. New BEV registrations in the passenger car segment grew by 70% from almost 578,000 to over 981,000 among 21 European markets. These numbers are promising as national governments continue to work towards decarbonizing the transportation sector. Looking at who is buying BEVs, over half were purchased by private individuals—54% in 2020 and 57% in 2021.

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ZEV Targets in Chile: Briefing

In recent years, Chile has created several public policies for clean transportation. Particularly noteworthy are Chile’s energy efficiency law and its zero-emission sales targets. The law not only sets stringent fuel economy standards for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles––a first for Latin America––but also includes tax incentives for zero-emission vehicles, provides for interoperability of recharging systems for EVs, and designates hydrogen as an official fuel.

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Charging Infrastructure to Accelerate ASEAN’s Electric Vehicle Deployment

The electric vehicle (EV) has been regarded as a key player in decarbonising the transportation sector. The EV market in the ASEAN region recorded a value of USD 498.93 million in 2021, which is expected to reach USD 2,665.3 million in 2027. Nevertheless, the lack of EV charging infrastructure has been identified as one of the main challenges in accelerating the adoption of electric passenger cars.

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Clean Buses in the UK: Measures by major bus operators to decarbonise their fleets

With the Government of UK looking to introduce restrictions on the use of diesel engine vehicles to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, bus operators have begun acting to future proof their business models and to improve profitability. They have been entering into partnerships with the government, local authorities, manufacturers, and research institutes to develop innovative technology and to plan their transition to zero-emission fleets.

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Update on Global Transition to EVs: Briefing

Approximately 3.5 million EVs were sold in China in 2021, 150% higher than the 2020 level. Europe as a single market closely followed China as the world’s second largest EV market. Seven of the top ten national markets in terms of annual EV sales in 2021 were in Europe, including Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Italy, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The United States and South Korea ranked 3rd and 9th, respectively.

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8 Ways US States and Cities Can Create an EV Charging Network

The Biden administration aims for 50% of new light-duty vehicle sales to be zero-emission by 2030. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides the largest-ever federal investment in EV charging infrastructure, and thus serves as a critical down payment for the United States to reach its EV potential. The influx of new federal funding presents a unique opportunity to jump start the effort to electrify transportation, but only if states and cities use funds effectively and equitably.

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