Energy companies develop infrastructure, grid to power electric vehicles

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For some time, electric vehicles have been seen as the wave of the future, but developments in Detroit, Stuttgart, and Nagoya suggest tomorrow has arrived.
After a period of hesitancy, carmakers are now moving at full speed to put nonpolluting EVs in American garages, and energy companies are planning to roll out the charging infrastructure to power the new technology.
This past week was National Drive Electric Week, and automakers and power companies are preparing for the transformation.
Brian Wheeler, media relations manager for Consumers Energy, said things are happening quickly.
“For Consumers Energy and other energy providers, this is the time for us to prepare,” Wheeler explained. “We know that if we have about 25,000 EVs that we serve today, that number should climb to about 1 million by 2030. So that really gives you a sense of that growth.”
Wheeler expects it will take several years before carmakers move from gas and hybrid cars to producing only fully-electric vehicles, but power companies are working now to educate businesses and individuals on the economic and ecological benefits of EVs.
Another part of National Drive Electric Week is to address consumer concerns about owning an electric car or truck, such as driving range, battery life, and maintenance issues. Wheeler said Consumers Energy wants to make it easier and more economical for Michiganders to own an EV.
“We’re really committed to providing rebates and incentives that make that EV choice more affordable,” Wheeler pointed out. “And also, if we encourage people to charge at the right time, which is typically overnight, they can take advantage of the best rates, and the lowest cost.”
Wheeler said while gasoline-powered cars will likely be on the roads for another decade or more, the changeover to EVs is happening faster than many people realize.
“It’s really an exciting time, and we’ve seen so much growth already,” Wheeler observed. “We’ve been talking a lot about electric vehicles, but we also know it’s a new experience for many people. And, of course, the vast majority of drivers today have gas combustion engines. So there’s a big transformation at work.”

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Thomas Ryck October 2, 2022 at 11:58 am

Hopefully all the consumers will not be on the hook for the cost. Pass it on to those that use it.

Slacker06 October 3, 2022 at 11:15 am

It won’t work that way. EVERYONE will pay for the improvements so a few can virtue signal. That is how it always works. There was no mention about how the extra electricity for EVs will be made. Coal? Oil? NatGas? Nuclear? Or the abysmal wind and solar schemes??? A pick um up truck with a supposed 300 mile range is reduced to 100 miles when towing a recreational vehicle of any kind. I wonder how much the range is reduced when hauling a typical load in one of those trucks? Long before the first motor vehicle or the first steel mill was made there were climate changes not controlled by humans. They are still not controlled by humans. But humans are intent on destroying, or at least controlling the human race with their schemes.

Charles U Farley October 4, 2022 at 9:22 am

“nonpolluting EVs ”

The author was less than honest here. EVs are neat, but they are certainly more polluting than traditional combustion engines are. In addition, instead of CO2 (which is basically harmless), you have lots of toxic heavy metal waste in the creation of EV batteries, batteries that CANNOT be recycled. EVs are about as far from “green” as you can get.

Personally, I would like to have an EV, but I’m not going to pretend that I’m doing it for the environment. I want one for the convenience.


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