“This marks the nation’s single largest investment by the electric industry to eat away at Big Oil’s longtime monopoly over transportation fuels. Diverting billions of gasoline and diesel fuel dollars that would otherwise go to oil companies can help lower transportation fuel bills — and also utility bills because electric vehicles can be charged when there is spare capacity in the electric grid. This spreads the costs of maintaining the grid over more sales, putting downward pressure on electric rates to the benefit of all utility customers.”
See California Approves $738 Million Transportation Electrification InitiativeNo one objected to governments and utilities working together to provide roads, pipelines and right of ways for both and permitting filling stations to be built. Now it’s the time for the EV to get a little of that love. It’s the right thing to do, saving energy, reducing pollution and making the planet a better place to live.
I am blessed to live in a place where our electrical utility has long used renewable energy but we still need more EV charging stations and solar power and batteries. Anything governments can do to nudge people in the right direction are good things to do in the long run regardless of any short term pain involved. The electrical utilities love the possibilities of load-levelling and energy storage that EVs can bring. Users appreciate lower costs for energy for transportation. It’s all good.
Individually and in groups we should all figure out what we can do to electrify transportation. This will deliver savings of about $1000 per annum per person in my area because we won’t need to import so much petroleum. In other places it will reduce electrical rates as utilities can generate electrical energy for transportation much more cheaply than mobile internal combustion engines and utilities can implement solar/wind/hydro/tidal power.