Yesterday, Google.org announced that electric, plug-in, and hybrid vehicles could make up as many as 90% of cars on the road by 2030. This analysis comes from a study taken on by the philanthropic arm of Google, using McKinsey & Company’s Low Carbon Economics Tool, described by Environmental Leader as “an analytic set of interlinked models that estimates potential economic implications of various policies.” Google.org chose the variables, such as policy scenarios, to plug into the tool.
The analysis found that reduced battery costs and increases in energy density could lead to a decrease in electrical vehicle costs to the point where an electric car would be less expensive than a car with an internal combustion engine by 2030. The new, improved, and cheaper EVs would have a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge.
Google.org reported that should electric vehicles become the large majority of cars on the road, U.S. oil consumption would be reduced by 1.1 billion barrels per year by 2030. (For a reference, that’s about the equivalent of a year’s worth of Canada’s oil production.) New breakthroughs in innovation in clean energy could also create 1.1 million in net jobs, add $155 billion per year in GDP, and reduce household energy costs by $942 per year. Not a bad set of side effects!
With this huge projected increase in EVs on the road, it becomes more and more important for first responders to be able to identify and respond to an EV involved in an accident. EV Safety Training recognizes this need and can’t wait to start distributing our training in July.
- Shelly Shore