Not in the foreseeable future. A recent National Renewable Energy Lab study concludes our current electric grid can meet the Level 1 charging demands of up to 25 percent of cars on the road becoming electric. Of the 250 million cars, SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks on the US roads today, fewer than 1% of them are currently electric. Therefore, there is still time for grid improvements to meet the needs of EV charging as more consumers drive EVs. We could also reduce the load on the electricity grid by improving the way EV owners charge their vehicles. For example:
Keep in mind, the electrical grid can handle more EVs if not everyone is charging at once.
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The sales price of a new electric vehicle (EVs) are trending downward. Overall, the total cost of EV ownership can be lower than comparable gasoline cars. Electric vehicles can also be affordably leased. Instead of being stopped by the initial price, consider these additional cost factors:
Yes, did you know the average American drives less than 40 miles a day? Most electric vehicles have a driving range of over 100 miles.
Electric sport utility vehicles and trucks with high towing capacity are also coming soon. For example:
Check out Electric For All to explore and compare new EV models.
There are public, Level 2 charging stations in Menlo Park available for your use. Prices and availability may vary so make sure to check the station before heading out for a charge. Driving outside of Menlo Park? Check out this U.S. Department of Energy map to locate public charging stations nationwide.
In addition, under the current California Civil Code Section 4745 state law, tenants have the right to add EV charging infrastructure (including a standard household plug) at their rental property at their expense. As a tenant, knowing your rights and responsibilities puts you in the driver’s seat. You may can exercise your right to install an EV charging station in your parking space by submitting a written request to your landlord. The request should include:
*Your landlord cannot require you to pay for insurance if both of the following conditions apply:
NOTE: If you do not meet these two conditions, your landlord may pass along the cost of insurance to you. However, the law states that “the amount of insurance required may not exceed 10 times the annual rent charged.”
Yes, the electric vehicle market is evolving rapidly! In addition to all-electric start-ups (Lordstown, Rivian, Tesla, etc.), major auto manufacturers are transitioning to electric vehicles. For example:
Manufacturing gasoline and electric vehicles (EVs) are similar except EVs have an additional battery component. The greenhouse gas emissions from the production (manufacturing) and operation (driving) of an electric vehicle are more than 50% lower more than of a comparable gasoline vehicle. In other words, the lifecycle of an electric vehicle emits less greenhouse gas than of a gasoline vehicle.
Additionally, most EV batteries last beyond the life of the vehicle and can find second life as battery storage. When EV batteries degrade enough to be unsuitable for cars, they are repurposed to store electricity for either refrigeration or powering EV charging stations. After that, batteries can be recycled to harvest raw materials.