Nevada utility company NV Energy believes electric vehicles are good for business. After a decline in the steady growth of residential electricity demand, NV Energy installed many EV charging stations in the state, offered reduced rates and even purchased its own plug-in company cars. Mike Salisbury of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project sees NV Energy as an example for how utilities should operate, saying, "EVs offer utilities an opportunity to increase the demand for electricity, but to do so during off-peak hours when there can be significant underutilized electric generating capacity." Read more at Clean Technica.
Investing in electric buses is more important than convincing individual drivers to switch to EVs, according to Slate's Daniel Gross. Buses count for about half of all public transit trips, and city buses average less than five miles per gallon. Switching to electric buses offers challenges, particularly initial cost and range, but fast charging and saving on fuel costs could help mitigate that. Either way, vehicles like Proterra's electric buses are already saving thousands of gallons of fuel and the resulting emissions. As Gross says, "Electrifying America's fleet of transit buses would put a far larger dent in carbon emissions than putting a few hundred thousand Teslas on the road." Read more at Slate.