First Major US Utility Company Commits to EV100 Goals
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Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and fight against climate change. Countries and local governments have begun passing laws and regulations in attempts to encourage drivers to switch to EVs. Other organizations are planning to transition from gas-powered vehicles to EVs in the coming years.
According to 3BL Media, a major utility company is among those who are committing to electric vehicles. National Grid joined the EV100 initiative, and they are committed to making the switch to EVs.
What is EV100?
EV100 plans on getting companies to switch to EV fleets.
The goal of EV100 is to encourage the growth of electric cars as a meaningful alternative to gas-powered vehicles. Instead of targeting consumers, though, EV100 focuses on the important demographic of major companies.
Company fleet vehicles represent a major percentage of new cars purchased. Getting companies on board with electric vehicles could be a major step in reducing greenhouse gases. If a company decides to replace their fleet with EVs, then suddenly the number of gas-powered cars on the road can decrease dramatically.
Additionally, this can help build the infrastructure for EVs. If more fleets are using them, then they will need charging stations. This can then lead to the number of EVs expanding further.
National Grid in EV100
National Grid provides electricity to 20 million Americans in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. With such an important role in energy, they are in a unique position to encourage greener living. They are the first American utility company to commit to EV100.
The goal for companies in EV100 is to fully switch their fleets to EVs by 2030. For National Grid, this means that in less than a decade, they will operate 5,784 electric vehicles.
As they focus on transitioning their fleet, National Grid also seeks to install more chargers for electric vehicles. This can be a major step for EVs moving forward. Uncertainty about charging is one of the biggest reasons for drivers to be hesitant to go electric.
How this can lead to growth for EVs
National Grid is one of 106 member companies in EV100. As they change their gas-powered fleets to EVs, the impacts could very well extend far beyond just the companies.
Just as with National Grid, other member companies are committed to improving the infrastructure for EVs. Having more charging stations available will help make electric vehicles a realistic option for many.
Major companies switching to electric vehicles will also provide a boost in business to EV manufacturers. National Grid on their own will need thousands of EVs for their fleet, and other EV100 members have similar fleet sizes. Companies transitioning their fleets have already led to startup EV manufacturers like Rivian receiving major deals.
No single answer will completely solve the climate crisis, but EV100 can help be part of the solution. Switching company fleets from gas to electric will have major effects on the growing EV market. National Grid and other EV100 members can also help make electric vehicles more accessible for consumers.
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