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Political Pluses and Pitfalls of Sweeping Transportation and Infrastructure in the Biden Era

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To realize the goals of the Paris Agreement, it’s estimated the US needs to transition 20% of vehicles to clean technologies by the end of this decade. That’s about 55 million cars based on the number of cars in the US as of 2018. As of 2019, 1.4 million electric vehicles had been sold in the US, and the US has about 84,000 public chargers. 

Understanding how many new EVs the US might have on the road by the end of the decade, how and where those vehicles might charge in order to estimate what the public charging network should look like, and identifying how much it would cost to build that public charging network are all things we should already know today in order to achieve them in 9 years.

In this episode, we take a look at climate-related activities in the early moments of the Biden Administration and discuss the backdrop for President Biden’s plans to expand electric vehicle adoption in the US and build the infrastructure necessary to support that growth.

 

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Pamela Curtis on Jan 26, 2021

Excellent article

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Matt Chester on Jan 26, 2021

To realize the goals of the Paris Agreement, it’s estimated the US needs to transition 20% of vehicles to clean technologies by the end of this decade.

20% of all personal vehicles purchased may be tough, but given the power that comes with fleet purchases (corporate, government, etc.) then it may just be achievable!

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Joel Stronberg on Jan 26, 2021

It might be--probably could be, but it will take a lot of coordinated action by governments at all levels, labor, and industry. There are just a lot of moving parts.

There's also a host of other practical, political, and technological problems that need solving if we are to electrify the transportation sector.  The good news is there are solutions.

The not so good news? It requires politicians to put aside their petty partisan problems and act as if addressing climate change might be important to Earth’s and the nation’s well-being. If only they could be reprogrammed as easily as a cell phone.

The feds have failed to purchase EVs because of the lack of infrastructure. It will be interesting to see how the Biden administration is going to make good on his hint in yesterday's news conference that he wants the feds to go electric.

 

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