It’s an exciting time to be studying electric vehicles. From companies pledging to transition their fleets to auto manufacturers promising new models, momentum around the transition to electric cars is building.
A number of announcements came out about electric vehicles in the past few weeks:
- The Twin Cities’ transit authority cancelled a large diesel bus purchase due to public pressure to electrify.
- Duke, a Florida utility, announced that they are installing 530 public charging stations in Florida.
- Electrify America, Volkswagen’s subsidiary responsible for administering part of the emissions settlement, announced plans to spend money on overnight charging infrastructure in residential areas, in addition to expanding their metro and regional infrastructure investments.
- The Alliance to Save Energy’s 50×50 Commission on U.S. Transportation Sector Efficiency issued recommendations calling on all levels of government to support a successful transformation of energy efficiency in transportation.
- Mercedes-Benz began construction on a vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Alabama, right next to their SUV factory.
- The United States reached 1 million electric vehicles sales!
In addition, over the past year every major auto manufacturer made public commitments to support electric vehicles. Take a look at the hundreds of new electric cars that will be hitting the market in the next few years:
For the graphic we chose to include models from recognizable brands that are widely available in the United States. I did take a look at all car manufacturers across the globe and counted 222 electric car models that will be available in 2025.
That’s a lot of cars to test drive! With over 200 new electric cars by 2025, from compact cars to pick-ups and SUVs. Soon there will be an electric car for everyone. Now that we know there are plenty of new models available soon, next time I’m going to dive into the Volkswagen emissions settlement and outline key actions we can take to support the infrastructure EV’s require.