In the second half of 2017, I did a couple of speaking events for rural electric cooperatives to talk about electric vehicles and their impact on the grid. Each audience had a couple hundred people in it, and they all knew a lot about electric grids. They were smart—and they were skeptical. Were these electric vehicles really going to be coming down their scenic roads?
I said yes in as many ways as I knew how. I showed slides of EVs at auto shows. I showed slides from the Department of Energy. I showed slides of all the manufacturers that were adding electrified vehicles (including hybrids) to their lineups. I told stories about the many EVs I had driven and how they were pretty normal cars, actually. I got a lot of excellent questions from the audience, but they were still skeptical.
So Many EVs, You Guys. So Many.
Here’s another piece of evidence: BMW delivered 100,000 electric vehicles to customers in 2017. Just that one year. Since 2013, the company says it has delivered more than 200,000 electrified vehicles. So nearly half of all the electrified vehicles BMW has rolled out there onto streets around the world were delivered in 2017. And BMW plans to have 25 all-electric and PHEV models available by 2025.
BMW is not alone. Nearly every major manufacturer has plans to electrify its fleet within a decade, from luxury brands like Land Rover Range Rover to everyman vehicles like Chevy. Tesla will continue to deliver its award-winning EVs, and new startups like Lucid will add to the EV offerings. Even the ultra-rugged Jeep Wrangler will see a PHEV version in the next few years.
Whether you live in a megalopolis or a tiny town, you’re going to start seeing lots of cars plugged into outlets, even if you don’t own one yourself. These might be parked at proper Level 2 chargers at the grocery store, or they might have a cable snaking along from the driveway and into the house for an overnight charge at a regular outlet.—KHG