Oklahoma ramping up to expand grid for electric cars
- Nov 27, 2022 11:18 pm GMT
If you think you're seeing more electric cars on Oklahoma roads, you probably are right.
Federal officials have designated
The funding is intended to help states create a national fast-charging network for electric vehicles, creating a more reliable network that will encourage more people to use electric vehicles which, in turn, will help reduce the nation's greenhouse emissions. Officials said Biden's goal is installing 500,000 chargers across the nation and building a network of fast-charging stations along 53,000 miles of freeways and highways, including those in
The net effect is expected to be more electric vehicles on the nation's roads because charging stations will be more readily available at closer distances. Those numbers already are increasing, but slowly. In 2021, electric vehicles accounted for about 5 percent of new vehicle sales.
"It's a better option, for folks and for the state," Pollard said, of the network build-out.
Pollard said ACOG is part of the state's effort to hold down transportation costs by making genuine efforts to cut the emissions that cause air quality problems, which is why making a commitment to electric vehicles is critical.
"That's definitely one of our deciding factors to increase electric," Pollard said, of air quality problems that manifest as air quality alert days (meaning, unhealthy air) during the hottest times of the year.
While electric powered vehicles and stations already are here —
While some residents have made the conversion, or, at least added an electric vehicle as their second car, some major entities also are making that commitment. Pollard said they include AEP-PSO, which wants to convert its fleet to electric by 2030.
"That will mean a lot of coordination among utilities (companies) to make that happen," he said.
Tulsa Transit purchased its last diesel bus six months ago, while more than half of
"The commitment is there," Pollard said.
In the aftermath of the brutal
Oklahomans want to reach toward their goal, and that's where the state's plan comes into play. Pollard said the state plan will help focus exactly where federal dollars can best be spent to build the stations vital for the network. While stations already exist, they have to meet criteria to become part of the fast-charge network (able to provide four vehicles at the same time with a fast charge, or restoring 8 percent power in 8-10 minutes).
"We're at about 7 percent adoption. ODOT predicts about 25 percent by 2040," Pollard said. "Some days, that seems too conservative. Other days, too aggressive. It depends on the day."
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