Electric vehicles: cost competitive with gasoline powered cars, but even more importantly, capable of transforming the electricity business.

The proliferation of electric vehicles means enormous fuel and maintenance savings for thousands of Americans; it means thousands of roving batteries that can work in partnership with the grid and draw power when electricity is inexpensive; it means incentives to increase the production of local renewable energy to fuel new electric cars.

Scroll down to see a variety of ILSR resources on electric vehicles including a landmark report, podcasts, blog posts, and the rules needed to capture the full local economic opportunity of electric vehicles. Also check out the Big Picture to see how electric vehicles fit into ILSR's broader work toward energy democracy.

Electric Vehicle Research Reports

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Electric Vehicle Charging Rates

With respect to charging electric vehicles (EVs), the ideal scenario would result in a maximum amount of renewable energy flowing into the vehicle’s battery packs while at the same time utilizing our existing infrastructure (power plants, transmission/distribution lines) as efficiently as possible. To meet this scenario, the timing of charging up vehicles must be compared to the timing of power plants supplying that electricity to the grid. ...read more from ILSR.


Electric Vehicle Charging Systems Required For New Buildings – Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver has established an electric vehicle (EV) charging system requirement for new construction – both single family and multi-family properties.

In October 2009, a new rule (Vancouver By-law No. 9936) requires 20% of the parking spots in new multi-family developments in Vancouver to have charging ports for electric vehicles. Vancouver is reportedly the first jurisdiction in the world to implement this kind of charging station requirement for new buildings. EV advocates hope that it can serve as a model for other cities in North America. The charging stations would consist of 240V outlets giving relatively fast charging times for EVs of around 3-5 hours. The city also announced a plan to enhance public charging infrastructure around the city. ...read more from ILSR.

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