The Transition to Electric Vehicles
Texas is at a promising turning point, with new social, economic, and political forces converging to develop a seamless ecosystem to support the electrification of cars and, shortly thereafter, trucks. If industry along with federal, state, and local governments make a commitment to electric vehicles then Texas can build an unstoppable ecosystem in the coming decades that anticipates a transportation system where the majority of new automobiles sold in the US will be electric. But many questions must still be addressed. For example, who will build and fund the required extensive network of charging stations and improve batteries to the point that range anxiety and cost both diminish? How will displaced fuel tax revenue be generated? How will adoption occur across various market segments, and what will be the implications on equity? How will demand for energy be impacted and managed? The answers are out there, but the devil is in the details. Shaking out those details will be easier when working alongside stakeholders that are willing and able to share, adapt, and iterate. It will be crucial to partner with stakeholders who are creative, innovative, and experienced.