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Tesla Motors doesn’t like to play by existing auto industry rules. That holds true for its release of new model-year features. With the ability to wirelessly deploy software updates throughout the year, drawing the line between one model year and another can be tricky.
Pacific Gas and Electric, hoping to leverage the desire of its customers for EVs, today asked state regulators for permission to build an estimated 25,000 charging stations. This step puts into place the largest deployment of EV charging infrastructure in the country.
The number of PEVs in use in 2025 is expected to be 17 to 23 times greater than today. When added to the commercial PEV market, which includes medium and heavy duty vehicles, the amount of electrical load represented by PEVs will likely represent is somewhere between 39 and 55 gigawatts (GW) by 2025. While this amount of power may provide some reliability issues for grid operators with high PEV concentrations, the opportunities created by integrating PEVs with the power grid are substantial.
Porsche has already produced two plug-in electric vehicles for the U.S. market. However, the currently available plug-in versions of the Panamera and Cayenne are, according to recent statements from executives, just the beginning of the brand’s vehicle lineup that could add an entire lineup of plug-in hybrid and all-electric models in the coming years.
With the recently unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt concept car—and quick replies from Nissan and Tesla—the race for an affordable long-range electric car reached a new level of competition. All three companies are targeting 200 miles on a single charge, thus establishing a new industry-wide target for a relatively affordable vehicle running solely on batteries.
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Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette
Thou shalt charge only when necessary. And other rules to live by.