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Electric vehicles have been a topic of discussion throughout the world as an alternate driving solution to fossil fuel-based vehicles. With growing environmental concerns and the rise in demand for sustainable mobility, electric vehicles (EVs) have gained tremendous momentum in recent years.


According to a report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the global stock of electric passenger cars crossed five million in 2018, and over two million electric vehicles were sold in the same year (IEA, 2019). One of the primary reasons for the growth of electric vehicles is the favorable policies implemented by various governments worldwide, including tax reductions, incentives for buyers, and subsidies for the manufacturing of electric vehicles.

Another driving factor for the growth of electric vehicles is the decrease in prices resulting from technological improvements and mass production. As per the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF) report, the price of EV batteries declined by 85% between 2010 and 2018, which is a significant catalyst for the increased adoption of electric cars (Bloomberg, 2019).

Moreover, the range of electric vehicles has been significantly improved in recent times, freeing drivers from the anxiety of running out of battery charge while driving. Tesla's Model S Long Range, for example, can travel up to 402 miles on a single charge (Car and Driver, 2020). This increasing range is also accompanied by the development of faster-charging infrastructure, making EVs more practical for long-distance driving.


As the number of electric vehicles on the road increases, the associated infrastructure, including charging facilities, is also being developed at a rapid pace. As per the International Energy Agency (IEA) report, there were over 7.3 million charging points in the world as of May 2020. Governments and private organizations are investing heavily in electric vehicle charging infrastructure worldwide, indicating a significant shift toward electric mobility in the coming years. One such organization supporting the movement is EV Chargers for Schools, with a mission to make owning or using an electric vehicle a possibility for all.


Electric mobility is rapidly expanding, and electric vehicles have become an essential element of the future mobility landscape. The heightened availability of EV chargers, improved battery technology, and favorable government policies have significantly contributed to the growth of the electric vehicle industry. The future of electric vehicles looks bright as environmental considerations and consumer demand continue to drive the shift toward sustainable transportation.


Sources:

Bloomberg, New Energy Finance. (2019). Electric vehicle outlook 2019. Retrieved from https://about.bnef.com/electric-vehicle-outlook/

Car and Driver. (2020). Tesla model S gets over 400 miles of range. Retrieved from https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a32611423/tesla-model-s-range/

IEA (2019). Global EV Outlook 2019, IEA, Paris. Retrieved from https://www.iea.org/reports/global-ev-outlook-2020

IEA (2020). Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2020, IEA, Paris. Retrieved from https://www.iea.org/reports/tracking-clean-energy-progress-2020/transport#abstract


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THE TRANSITION TO A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY WILL ENHANCE THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS. A clean energy economy is a domestic energy system fueled by profitable clean energy generation and supported by a strong manufacturing base, resulting in a balance across all industries between the amount of emissions produced and those removed from the atmosphere (net-zero emissions). Renewable energy sources can provide affordable, reliable energy without producing harmful emissions. U.S. clean energy innovation and manufacturing create jobs, improve community resilience, and bolster national security.


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Transitioning the nation to 100% clean energy comes with challenges and opportunities. EERE is working with federal partners, state, local, and tribal governments, nonprofit and community organizations, small businesses and corporations, industry, academia, and utilities to address challenges and opportunities in the following areas:




Why Is Clean Energy Important? Accessibility and Affordability Providing all Americans with affordable clean energy, especially those in underserved and low-income communities, has an immediate and tangible impact on their daily lives. Innovation Advancing renewable-energy, energy-efficient, and sustainable-transportation technologies will transform U.S. communities and spur economic opportunity. Job Creation and Growth Clean energy research, innovation, and deployment creates jobs and supports the growth of American businesses. Environmental Impacts Renewable energy has fewer harmful environmental impacts than conventional energy does and can reduce the impacts of climate change. Health and Safety Transitioning to clean energy protects every American’s fundamental human right to a clean, healthy environment. Energy Independence and Security Clean energy in the United States will reduce the need to rely on other countries for energy or energy technologies. Energy Reliability Using more renewable energy resources—solar, water, wind, geothermal, and bioenergy—and energy storage gives us more ways to keep the power on or bring it back after an outage. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) STEM education and expertise are building blocks of the clean energy workforce. Diversity in STEM ensures a variety of perspectives, which supports greater innovation and American competitiveness. Domestic Manufacturing and Competitiveness Producing American-made clean energy technologies is the fastest, most effective, and most lucrative pathway to a renewable energy future in the United States. Resilience A modern electric grid that incorporates renewable energy sources can support reliable power under harsh weather, cyber threats, and dynamic grid conditions.


Source:

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (energy.gov).

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As we continue to prioritize sustainable energy solutions, electric vehicles (EVs) have become an increasingly popular mode of transportation. With more and more EVs hitting the road, it's important that we have the infrastructure in place to support them. That's where our EV Chargers for Schools program comes in.


Our program offers schools the opportunity to install EV charging stations on their campuses, providing a convenient and sustainable way for EV owners to charge their vehicles. But what are the benefits of this program? Let's take a closer look.


First and foremost, our EV Chargers for Schools program promotes clean energy. By providing more charging options for EVs, we're helping to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere. This is a crucial step towards combating climate change and creating a greener, healthier future.


In addition to environmental benefits, our program also offers practical advantages. For schools that offer EV charging, they're able to attract and retain students, staff, and visitors who drive electric vehicles. This can be a valuable selling point for schools looking to differentiate themselves from others in the area.


Moreover, our program can provide an opportunity for schools to educate their communities about the importance of sustainable transportation. By promoting EV use, schools can inspire students and families to make more eco-friendly choices in their everyday lives.


But how does the installation process work? We're happy to report that it's relatively simple. Our team works closely with school administrators to determine the best locations for the chargers and to ensure that all necessary permits and approvals are obtained. From there, we handle the installation and maintenance of the chargers, making the process as hassle-free as possible for everyone involved.


At EV Chargers for Schools, we believe that sustainable energy solutions should be accessible to everyone. That's why we're proud to offer our EV Chargers for Schools program, which promotes clean energy, offers practical benefits, and promotes sustainability education. If your school is interested in learning more about this program, please don't hesitate to contact us. Together, we can harness the power of clean energy and create a brighter future for all.

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