Standards are critical to making new technology accessible on a wide scale. For instance, it’s not a good thing if your spiffy new EV charger needs an 11 pin socket, even if it will add 300 miles of range in 30 seconds. The same thinking applies to wireless charging. It’s one thing to be able to charge your EV without needing to plug in. It’s not such a good thing if every company has its own proprietary system that won’t work with other systems.
To learn more about what is working well and what could be improved in the plug-in electric vehicle (EV)1 marketplace, the Sierra Club launched Rev Up EVs—the first-ever multi-state investigation into the consumer EV shopping experience.
We read a lot about the performance and environmental advantages of EVs, but there’s another benefit of electrification that’s less often discussed: increasing grid resilience and “energy democracy.”