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Published on September 18th, 2012 | by James Ayre


UCLA/UC Berkeley Law Schools Release Report on Actions Necessary for Long-Term Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles

September 18th, 2012 by  

A new policy paper on the actions necessary on the federal, state, and local levels to ensure that California establishes a long-term mass adoption of electric vehicles by 2025 has been released by the environmental law centers at UCLA and UC Berkeley.


The authors of the paper argue that the future of the electric vehicle market is at stake if these actions aren’t taken. 11% of the annual, new national market in electric cars occur in California, and well over 20% of the conventional hybrid vehicle market occurs in this state.

“With such a significant market share and volume of cars, California can help launch a sustainable and more robust electric vehicle market, with the country and world benefitting as a result” the paper — “Electric Drive by ’25: How California Can Catalyze Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles by 2025” — suggests.

As the paper notes, there are some major challenges remaining before electric vehicles will achieve mass adoption. With a lack of consumer awareness and accurate information, many consumers are unfamiliar with electric vehicles and their performance, and many harbor misperceptions about vehicle types, and their safety, range, and potential monetary savings.

The solutions that the paper offers are: “[To educate] the media and elected officials through a simple and effective outreach campaign about the benefits of electric vehicles. Reduce fees, taxes and upfront costs for electric vehicle owners and invest in battery research. Create federal and state tax incentives and lower fees and insurance payments for EV owners; distributing revenues from the sale of low carbon fuel standard credits to EV owners to provide them a revenue stream; develop battery financing programs; strengthen funding for EV battery R&D; develop alternatives to the gas tax to fund infrastructure; clarify the technical and cost requirements for vehicle to grid services; encourage the purchase of used EV batteries for grid operations.
Plan for and facilitate deployment of a well-planned and easy-to-use charging infrastructure network.”

Source: Green Car Congress
Image Credit: Tesla via Wikipedia Commons

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  • Well, as we all know, any time you use attorneys to do anything like provide stats, convey a point, instigate something etc, etc….we either have an important point hidden, or even completely missing.
    For the moment, let’s take some average figures….
    1. .75 for the EV equivelant of a gallon of gas….
    2. That the average gas powered car gets 20 mpg combined
    3. That 60 miles is the range of 1 charge per day
    4. That it takes 3 gallons to drive 60 miles
    5. That a charge of a battery uses 3x .75 to drive 60 miles
    6. That for every 3 charges of an EV, it is the equivelant of
    1 or more average home added to the grid daily
    7. That when there are 100,000 EVs needing a daily charge
    it’s like adding 35,000 more homes to the grid
    8. That is 50MW more production per day….
    In solar panels, that’s 210,000 solar panels, in wind generators, that’s 20 ea. 5 MW wind generators @ their average annual production levels.
    Cali has power outages, and distribution/time penalties….
    Just WHERE is the data on THAT, Bizzerkely????

  • JMin2020

    Thanks for the post Nathan. I would like to read the transcript or view the webcast of you can manage to dig up copies. Having lived in CA for a good portion of my life and having become pretty familiar with a number of aspects of the CA Energy Commissions’ history and projects to address polution and energy needs and conflicts in a rather admirable manner; I too hold that State and a Leading Entity in progressive actions with respect to meeting energy and transportation needs in an efficient and ecologically sound manner.

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