The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) announced an "Action Plan" today of policy recommendations for electric vehicle adoption. They had some interesting things to say about why we need electrified vehicles. It had very little to do about climate or environmental issues, and more to do with national security and financial stability.
The U.S. is spending $200 billion on imported foreign oil annually, which represents 40 percent of the U.S. trade deficit. According to the International Energy Agency, oil demand from developing countries will cause prices to average $100 a barrel between now and 2015 and double by 2030.
As an alternative to oil, we can fuel our vehicles with electricity, which is is domestically produced and reliable. In fact, a recent federal study projected that, with grid management, 73 percent of the light duty fleet could be fueled by electricity without having to add any new generating capacity. The change would displace an estimated 6.2 million barrels of oil a day, about 52 percent of current oil imports.
Building the electric drive fleet in the U.S. paves the way for economic growth and for the country to build a competitive edge in the global race for advanced energy technologies. New and expanded development efforts and manufacturing for batteries, microturbines, recharging infrastructure and other electric drive technologies are providing jobs today and greater economic security for the future.
EDTA announces action plan for electric vehicle adoption
Driving forward: an action plan for the electric drive era