Countries, states, and counties worldwide are looking to figure out how to incentivize their constituents into buying electric vehicles (EV), and California has announced its own bold attempt at doing just that.
However, according to Wall Street Journal’s Russell Gold, the move is going to take a significant rehaul of the state’s electric grid, especially among historic fires and a general lack of supply in electricity
With Canada’s EV rebate program as one example of incentive programs, we’re seeing that government parties will require a number of different approaches to see a permanent transition to EVs come to fruition.
Don’t forget about the grid. Capacity needs to expand rather dramatically to handle the EV demand. California is doing the opposite. Shutting down power plants while forcing EV transition. Hoping for what? Solar/battery grid? Good luck with that. 🤣
— Shaker Cherukuri (@ProcessISInc) September 24, 2020
While critics and onlookers may question the notion, officials also hope the announcement forces the hand of electricity management companies like PG&E into rapidly improving the state’s electricity infrastructure.
At the signing of AB 2127, a bill with the goal of putting 5 million zero-emissions vehicles on the road by 2030, California Governor Gavin Newsom told the press, “Whether we travel by car, bus, or boat the need to move to zero-emission transportation is urgent.” He continued, “These bills will help get more clean cars on the road and reduce harmful emissions.”
Despite criticism, the attempt is a noble and necessary one, and solving the electric grid supply problem in California will be key to the success of the initiative.
While the world’s leaders certainly have their work against climate change cut out for them, leaders that are willing to make and set goals for their states will not only benefit their own constituents, but they’ll also help reset an important precedent for other places in a world on the cusp of climate disaster.
Zach is a writer, musician, and EV enthusiast, currently residing in Santa Rosa, Ca. Loves his wife, his cat Banks, and a good cup of coffee.