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In order for more Americans to warm up to EVs enough to actually purchase them, they’ll have to get out of their comfort zones. Most people who buy an EV, don’t go back to an internal combustion engine, which is a telling sign. And while most Tesla models are luxury vehicles, the company helps influence the entire EV market and pushes the bounds of what’s possible.
40 million Americans say they will at least consider an electric vehicle for their next car, according to AAA. That means that records like this being broken by Tesla continue to change the perception of EVs, from a peculiar niche vehicle to a desirable consumer product.
Charing Woes:Not all states have adequate charging stations for EVs, which prevents Americans from switching to an EV as a primary vehicle. We wrote earlier this week that the state of Florida plans to make a major investment to build an EV charging network across the state but around the world, electric charge ports have soared to 7.3 million.
China and Germany have prioritized EV infrastructure as part of their COVID-19 recovery efforts, the United States needs to do the same.
A federal judge in Washington, DC ruled yesterday that the Dakota Access Pipeline must shut down and empty all its oil until the government completes an environmental review of the pipeline’s impacts, giving the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies downstream, a huge victory. Similarly, late in the day, the Supreme Court refused to overturn the order of a district judge that shut down construction of parts of the Keystone XL pipeline so it is also blocked for now.
Why It Matters: The Dakota and Keystone XL news is greatly tempered by the fact that numerous other pipeline projects can go ahead despite their inadequate permit unless they are individually challenged in court and blocked.
Yesterday, Dominion Energy and its partner, Duke Energy, announced they were ending a 600-mile natural gas project that would have cost at least $8 billion to complete. As the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote, Dominion and Duke canceled the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in the face of mounting regulatory uncertainty caused by a federal court […]
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