Governor Jerry Brown wants to see five million electric cars in his state by 2030
Five Million Electric Cars on California Power Grid? No Sweat
By Bill Moore
Right now there are more than 360,000 plug-in electric cars on the road in California, and Governor Jerry Brown wants to see at least five million by 2030. Next10 commissioned Anand Gopal and Julia Szinai to see what impact they would have on the state's power grid.
Right now there are more than 369,000 plug-in electric cars on the road in California, and Governor Jerry Brown wants to see at least five million by 2030. Next10 commissioned Anand Gopal and Julia Szinai to see what impact they would have on the state's power grid.
For at least 70 years, California has led the nation in pursuit of cleaner cars going all the way back to Dr. Arie J. Haagen-Smit the “father” of air pollution control. Ironically, he would die of lung cancer in 1977, the year my young family and I moved to Southern California and experienced our first serious smog.
A decade later, inspired by the success of the Sunraycer solar car, which it funded, General Motors hired Aerovironment to build the first truly model electric car, the EV1 and out of that effort grew the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate.
By 2018, there are now more than 369,000 plug-on electric cars - including PHEVs and BEVs - on the state’s roads, a number that current governor Jerry Brown wants to see reach 5,000,000 by 2030. And since each one of those cars is equivalent to adding another house to the block, officials want to know what impact, if any, those EVs are going to have on the state’s power grid.
The short answer is, “None.”
The longer answer is, course, more complicated than that, taking some 53-pages to document in a report just out commission by Next 10 and co-authored by Anand Gopal and Julia Szinai straightforwardly entitled, “Electric Vehicles and the California Grid.”
EV World spoke with Gopal about the report that finds “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.”
The interview is some 35-minutes in length and can be listened to in its entirety using the embedded MP3 player below. Or you can download it for playback on your favorite portable device.
As you'll learn, maybe the toughest challenge isn't on the hardware side, but the human-ware element: how to develop the kind of incentives and policies that encourage people to act responsibly.
Originally published: 20 Aug 2018
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