The new order signed by Governor Gavin Newsom would require all vehicles sold in California to have zero emissions within the next 15 years. Although there are mixed feelings about the order, there aren’t mixed reviews about the pollution and smog that Los Angeles faces daily. Low air quality makes things that are commonplace in areas with higher air quality, like driving with your window down, a luxury.
Although the reduction in smog and the inevitable increase in air quality would be widely welcomed among those living in the most impacted areas, many are concerned about how those in lower-income areas will afford these newer vehicles, or if they would have access to charging stations. Fortunately, it would become nearly a requirement for apartment complexes, malls, places of business, and more to implement electric vehicle charging stations, making it commonplace. Without these stations, it could limit traffic to buildings in 2035.
There are also concerns about what will happen on cloudy days. Will there be “rolling blackouts” for cars on days that it rain, which amounts to roughly 15 days per year in California? California will need to scale up its energy generation even further than had initially been planned, as rolling blackouts aren’t uncommon in Southern California during extreme weather. But, scaling up the energy generation isn’t impossible. Adding more solar panels could help generate more energy.
According to a prediction by the Los Angeles Times, electric vehicle batteries will be much more competitive with gas cars in terms of mileage, and electric vehicles will be cheaper than gas cars in the next 10 – 15 years. This makes it a lot more realistic for the average person to purchase and maintain an electric vehicle. Because of zero-emission requirements in China and Europe, there will be hundreds of models available in the next 15 years.
At EoS, we offer EV charging stations, and, politics aside, are always happy to see green initiatives taking root in our communities. What is better for the environment is still better for us – and it’s long overdue for us all to begin thinking that way. The concerns surrounding such a bold goal are understandable, and we are here to help explain solutions to some of the general concerns.
EV stations can be plugged into the grid, and can also have solar panels. This means that even on cloudy days if the energy stored from previous sunny days runs out, the car will be able to pull electricity from the grid. Because of this, we should not see car “blackouts” or the inability to attend to family matters or work on cloudy days. Solar panels would also make it cheaper, in the long run, for the average person to maintain their car. Gas cars need constant refueling at a higher price than what it would cost to charge an electric vehicle.
Take, for instance, a mall that might consider installing EV charging stations in the parking lot. If this mall incorporated solar panels, they may be able to generate more electricity than needed to charge the cars and use that additional electricity for the mall. This would reduce the mall’s carbon footprint significantly, and would save them a large amount of money in the long run through generating their power.
We help plan, fund, execute, and maintain large-scale solar generation projects, as well as EV charging stations. Our process makes it exceptionally easy for businesses to improve their offerings, save money, and put the environment at the forefront of their industry. Please speak to one of our solar and EV specialists today to learn more about how your business could benefit.
EōS services include Energy Efficiency solutions (Lighting, Building Control/Portfolio Management, etc.), Energy Generation and Storage (solar + battery), and Finance Solutions. EōS works best with Commercial and Industrial Portfolio owners like REITs to implement or enhance a green portfolio, Fortune 1000 corporations looking to become a more sustainable organization, Utilities to generate utility-scale renewable power, and Municipalities to utilize a select finance vehicle to achieve sustainable community goals otherwise impossible to reach within conventional methods.